Who should establish the moral and spiritual values? How significant is the role of the Church and priests in this matter?
Moral and spiritual values, of course, should be defined by a person who realizes and bears these values or by one who is the source of knowledge of these values. Such higher court is the superhuman instance, from where specific principles and commandments about moral and spiritual values were given to the humanity being still in an immature stage of development. Also, a child greatly needs an elder and mature person for his training and education.
One of French Christian writers, François-René de Chateaubriand, says. “Christianity is perfect, people are imperfect, and something perfect can’t arise from imperfect. Therefore, Christianity is a divine religion. Indeed, in Christianity, the miracles are not considered only material, visible, supernatural and marvelous signs, but also higher spiritual knowledge, commandments, and if we remove the material wonders from Christianity, however, the spiritual and ideological miracles remains.
In Christianity, such supreme values and teachings were given amazingly, which are not present in other religions.
The Church and the clergies are guardians and spreaders of these ideas and values by the power and authority given by Jesus Christ. The clergy themselves will be an example of carriers of these values and principles, turning away from such steps which can even become a little cause for stumbling and remove the man from God and the Church.
In Western society, it seems to be normal when one chooses or creates the desired belief based on Scripture. Among the people who prefer Christianity, some individuals accept the teachings they deem suitable and reject the rest. Can a person call himself a Christian with such an attitude?
This problem is real especially in the United States of America. Here having a religious affiliation is encouraged, while the atheistic position is not. In such a policy having any belief is considered positive. In the United States, one can see various church buildings on the same street, which belong to different churches and sects, a man can enter any “church” preferable to him. Thus, religion or faith seems to become a commodity; you can take whichever you like.
In such societies, it happens that men and women live together, in a free relationship not being married in the church, nor even with a decision to found a family later, but they consider themselves Christians because they like that religion. In such societies also gays and lesbians may be members of the church, attend church ceremonies, Holy Communion and consider themselves devout Christians.
Being Christian is not just a piety and attending church but also the complete performance of the commandments and precepts, which are in the Bible, and living a life that is pleasing to God. Therefore, it is not right to choose the things we like in Christianity and at the same time ignore the rest. The Holy Scripture must be seen and understood in its entirety.
It is the fragmentary perception of the Bible that leads to the birth of sectarianism, or, as we can see in some Protestant churches today, gay clergy; priests, bishops married to a person of the same sex, free approaches to women’s priesthood and bishopric. Thus, we must understand the Bible in its entirety, and we have to keep the commandments completely and not selectively.