I am attending the Alpha Program at a local Catholic Church. Full disclosure: I am a practicing Catholic and live my faith to the fullest of my ability each and everyday. So back to the point of my post. Today we discussed faith and the evidence of having faith. I am coming to the realization that this course is better suited for a different venue. I’m not sure gathering a bunch of Christians together and talking to them as if they were non-believers is the best way to grow a Christians faith. I may disagree with my non-Catholic brother and sisters theologically. There are things I do admire. One of those things is their outreach into the world of non-beliebers and seekers and to bring them in. This is something I feel Catholics could really learn from, reaching out and welcoming in those that are lost and seeking. But it (the Catholic Church) doesn’t do that as effectively as our Non-Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ (as a general rule). If you have a room full of Christians I personally feel that there is a better use of the time studying scriputure of the tenants of our faith.
Today’s theme was faith and becoming a Christian. Not once was baptism mentioned, instead it was “say a prayer and welcome Jesus into your heart.” While I agree, you have to turn away from sin (very briefly mentioned in the video) and turn to Jesus. There’s more to it than just that, all through the gospel we are called to be baptized. St Paul says through baptism we are crucified and are raised up a new creation.
Catholic Study Bible
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried * therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Alpha to me seems like a watered down “we don’t want to make anyone FEEL uncomfortable” introduction to Jesus and Christianity. I’m not saying it’s a bad program or want to discourage people from Alpha. I have every intention to finish the program and perhaps at the end of it I will be signing the program praises. Who knows. But right now it seems to be very superficial and shallow theologically. This might be intentional since it does seem to be aimed towards seekers more than Christians with a solid foundation to their faith. And perhaps I’m expecting more out of Alpha than it was designed for. Kinda like going to a Hockey game expecting it to be Arena Football.
Just some of my thoughts on the Alpha program so far.
Cheers and God Bless