When a lot of people think of the Catholic Church, they think it’s a church with a bunch of rules about things we’re not supposed to do. The Church only tells us “No” to all the fun things in life.
But that’s not at all accurate.
The Catholic Church exists today for the same reason it existed when Jesus established it over 2000 years ago… to get us into Heaven.
Everything the Church does, it’s sacraments, it’s traditions, it’s teachings, are designed to get us into Heaven.
They do this by educating us on what God expects of us, which is a hard and narrow road. God wants us to rise above our sinfulness and fallen nature and, when facing temptation, he wants us to choose holiness.
How many of us choose holiness? Judging by the world today, not many.
The challenge for us to live a holy life is that the “Yes’s” are difficult to achieve.
Let’s take one example… Chastity.
- Chastity is purity.
- Chastity is sacrifice.
- Chastity is temperance.
- Chastity is dressing modestly.
- Chastity is humility.
- Chastity is self-control.
Being chaste is being selfless. Therefore, you cannot lust, which is selfish.
- Lust is looking at someone as a sexual object.
- Lust is masturbating.
- Lust is looking at pornography.
- Lust is adultery.
- Lust is sex before marriage.
- Lust is self-induldgence.
Because our world is so focused on the priorities of this life, and not a Heavenly existence aftewards, they see being chaste not as a “Yes,” but instead as a series of “No’s” related to Lust.
Obviously you can’t be pure and look at porn at the same time. They are opposite of each other.
The Catholic Church has as many hard “Yes’s” as God demands for us to enter Heaven. No more, no less.
It’s up to you to decide whether you’ll look at those rules as a challenging “Yes” or an inconvenient “No.”