The sincerity and integrity of any religion comes into question when said
religion spend inordinate amounts of money to build extravagant and ornate
buildings. The perceived excess is what paints a less than flattering and humble
picture. Many religions have this perception issue.
While living in Germany working for the Army, I gave a young Army Specialist a
ride to Grafenwoehr. He asked if my coworker was Jewish and I said yes. He
thought it a shame, nice person who is denied final salvation. This is what his
Church taught him.I believe any man or woman who lives a good, sharing
life, helps others and does no harm is destined to a marvelous final reward. I
do not care if you are active in a religion or not. People speak of God, and I
ask "which one?" Many cultures believe in a deity that gives examples of
a good life. Read the Pope's "Disciples of the Lord and not
ideology".This Pope has me wondering if I should go back to Mass. It
has been awhile and there is a void in my life since leaving, maybe this is it.