Some people say that people who have a religion or are Christian find it easier to accept the ups and downs of life.  They say that religion gives life a purpose or meaning. There is another element.  Since one of the most painful elements of life is the fear of death, they claim that religion helps do away with our fear of our own death.

 People also respect religion or Christianity because it has been the basis of much of the world’s culture; for example, it has shapedUkraine’s history and culture.  This may all be true, but is it enough of a reason for you to believe?  Unfortunately, none of this alone is a reason why we should believe in God and practice a religion!  Some, especially young people, can see the error in this type of thinking and have decided not to take the church and religion seriously.

 The reason we believe and why we should believe in God is because God, our faith and our church are the “truth”.  We must believe that what the church teaches is absolutely true and that this truth is life giving!

 Christianity is not just a producer of good feelings or good art.  It is an expression of God’s revealed truth which is carried and taught in its fullness in our Ukrainian Catholic Church.  We believe that the resurrected Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who suffered, died and was buried, yet left us His church through His apostles, is present to us intimately through His seven Mysteries (Sacraments).  In these mysteries we share His life and live in His hope.

 Humanity was created in His own image and likeness.  We have a God who makes us feel good, who satisfies our psychological needs despite the fact that our faith is associated with sin, guilt and all the imperfections of this world.  Many things can make us feel good.  A Christian expression of good feelings comes from a profound faith in the revealed truth of Jesus Himself; the truth that Jesus does exist.

 Today’s society often demands that we accept many things as being true.  Others say that truth is relative; what is true today may not be so tomorrow.  Others may claim that God’s truth does not exist because “man” is the measure of all things.

 The Holy Spirit has revealed to us, through the Holy Bible, that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and that He will be with us until the end of the world.  “In Christ, you also who have heard the truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance” (Eph: 1, 13-14).

 Let us sincerely pray that we can accept this faith as our own.  Only this faith in Christ reveals the many mysteries of life and gives us some clear direction.

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