Invictus is exactly right. DR, you're treating Christianity as a monolithic movement and you really couldn't be more wrong. Going back to the New Testament, Christianity is about the OT law being completed in Jesus Christ. Thus, the Christian is free from the law. Paul calls it a harsh taskmaster. He also writes that for the Christian, "All things are permissable, but not all things are profitable." The Christian faith is not about obedience to a law, it's about acting out of love in a relationship. Let me explain that further by illustration. I am married. Because I love my wife there are several things I choose not to do. One of those things is to never get into a car with another woman, alone, and drive to a destination. Would it be morally wrong to do so? No. Absolutely not. I don't do it simply because I love my wife so much that I choose to never put myself in a situation where I am tempted to cheat on her, or where someone else could question my fidelity. And that is true, and even more so, with the reason I choose to keep fidelity with her. It isn't because it is immoral not to, but because I love her too much to do so. Applying that to Christianity, the heart of Christianity is a relationship with God based on love. I choose not to act in ways counter to my faith because of a loving relationship with God, not because I fear consequences or because of a set of moral laws that I must follow. In fact, the NT is very clear that any break of morality is forgivable, so there is no "You Must Do" laws within the faith. The problem is man's proclivity to black and white; to want hard and fast rules. As such, institutions have created moral laws and rules such as you have mentioned in the Catholic church. But a simply read of the NT would show you that is not the intention of Christianity.