Clergy Hierarchy

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Christianity, like many other religions, incorporates a level of hierarchy into the religion. The Christian hierarchy found and largely accepted by Christians involves God being on top, followed by Jesus, his disciples, the clergy, and lastly, the general Christian population. This hierarchy comes from the belief that Jesus came to his disciples after his resurrection, gave them their authority and a message to spread his message, who in turn gave authority to the clergy. By the nature of Christianity, God is placed above Jesus, while the general Christian population is placed in the lowest rung of this hierarchy. Though the Clergy have been the predominant form of authority in Christianity and within their communities, they have never been…show more content…
In many Christian denominations, the clergy act as a mediator between God and the rest of the Christian population, even though many of them are not able to directly converse with either God or Jesus. There has been a considerable amount of people throughout Christian history who find this problematic, mainly due to the reason that since languages and connotations change through time, many of the clergy could easily be misinterpreting the information within the Bible and Jesus’s overall teachings. On the other hand, since the mystics communicated directly with the Holy Spirit, they were perceived by some to be more correct with regards to the Christian doctrine, and Jesus’s teachings as a whole. Due to this, certain people have seen the mystics as being more authoritative than the clergy. Though the mystics are believed to talk directly with God, their visions and conversations with God do not always make them authoritative within Christian communities since Jesus had already endowed authority to his disciples and the clergy. With regards to the authority of mystics, Corrigan articulates, “If all authority resides in the church hierarchy, as the Catholic and Orthodox church taught, personal experience is…show more content…
Considering that the Catholic and Orthodox sects of Christianity believe that Jesus gave authority to his disciples, who then gave authority to the clergy, any notion or belief that the mystics are more authoritative than the clergy by virtue of them communicate with God is nullified and rendered void. Despite specific sects, and the clergy within those sects, do not accept the authority of mystics, the general authority lies within the community in such a way that people within the community can choose who is more authoritative. Consequently, though the mystics do not have a stronger claim to authority, there are communities where mystics hold a higher position of authority and
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