Christianity Is A Path, Not A Religion

Being born into the Catholic faith, I made my first communion when I was 10 years old. Within my family structure it has always been important to be baptized upon birth and to make one’s first communion.

The public school I attended had an affiliation with the local Catholic Church, so during a period that spanned about a year, the other Catholic students and I were dismissed early on a school day to receive instructions on making our first communion. Most of the time, a priest and a nun picked us up and led us to the church which was just a few blocks from our school.

During one of those walks to church a miracle occurred, although I did not realize it at the time.

What happened was, the other Catholic students and I were being led to church by a priest and, as was usually the case, he was accompanied by a nun who kept us in tow by walking at the end of our little procession.

As we walked along, we saw a site ahead of us where a crew of workers were demolishing a condemned building and in front of the old structure was a long row of heavy scaffolding that hung over the sidewalk.

Well, just before we reached the point where we would have had to start walking under the scaffolding, the priest suddenly stopped and we all froze in place behind him. Then as we looked on in amazement, the scaffolding all along the sidewalk collapsed to the ground with a loud crash.

By bringing us to a halt where he did, the priest saved us from being crushed under all of the heavy steel and lumber that had fallen down. And while the other children and I were trembling in fear from the shock of it all, the priest quietly and calmly led us around the fallen debris and proceeded to lead us to church.

For a number of months following that incident, I mulled the whole thing in my head, over-and-over again. However, ultimately, I stopped thinking about it. It was not until years later when I was a young adult that I realized that I had witnessed a miracle during that walk to church.

As I look back at the scaffolding incident, I realize that God was with me and the other children and that the priest served as God’s intermediary because we were headed for danger and did not even know it.

To me, my personal experiences in life exemplify the steps God takes to deliver us to His Son, Jesus.

In other words, I believe that God has always had a plan for me. I have no doubt that He sent me down a path that led me through the Catholic Church -- to becoming “born again” after following the teachings of an Evangelical TV preacher -- to the Methodist church that I attend today. Or, it could be that both the Catholic and Protestant denominations have served as guideposts to where I am today as a Christian.

In essence and contrary to the ways in which many people see things, the two major denominations of Christianity -- Catholicism and Protestantism -- are equal in the eyes of God. Catholics and Protestants are brothers and sisters in Christ, and we should never separate ourselves from one another, instead we should trust God to bring us through His desired plan.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Awesome!!

I agree with you sister, it is nothing more than a personal relationship with Christ.


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Guanta 5 years ago from New York City Author

CMerritt - Yes, it certainly is. He is patient enough to bring us through a learning process so that when we look up, there He is waiting for us. Thank you brother!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

You truly did experience a miracle! I love when that happens. God truly is in control. He caused your priest to feel cautious when to the eye, there may have been nothing to feel cautious about. We cannot trust ourselves all the time, which is why God steps in for us. I love your story and testimony, Guanta. An amazing story. UP, AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL, and INTERSTING!!!


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Guanta 5 years ago from New York City Author

Hi sholland10, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond I've kind of dropped out for the summer, but now that the weather is getting cooler, I'm coming back to hubbing. Yes, I agree, God is truly AWESOME and very MERCIFUL, He is the one who truly cares for us. Thank you for stopping by and I noticed you've posted chapter 5 which I'm eager to read.


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Hi Guanta yes yes God is always there watching over us with His all seeing EYE.

Thank Him for protecting you from that accident.

One thing though i dont believe in baptizing babies a baby has no sins also he/she do not know right from wrong to accept the LORD Jesus Christ its a decision the child should make when he or she reaches the age of accountability. Not his or her parent for them.

No offence!

Have a bless day

Keep good


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Guanta 5 years ago from New York City Author

Hi, my darling ladyjojo, thank you for stopping by and no offense taken. I do agree with you about childhood baptism and being accountable enough to accept the Lord when He calls us, but I think that my parents thought they were doing what they knew to protect me by baptising me. By God's grace He brought me to the time and place where I was accountable to accept Him.

Many blessing to you as well.


Sherri@NBIM 5 years ago

Guanta,

Amen! Amen! Amen!

Thank you for such an inspiring sharing of the miracle that took place on that day. God has a way of showing Himself to all of us. And, when we realize that He did, we reverence Him the more. I also agree with you, we are all of one blood, one faith, one God, one Lord and Savior, and one Holy Spirit. It doesn't matter what we call ourselves, Jesus said, "I call you friend."

Blessed be the Name!

Thanks again! and Keep writing!

S.


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Guanta 5 years ago from New York City Author

Hi Sherri@NBIM, thank you for such an inspiring comment.

He is the true blessing in the world, the longer I live the more evident this becomes to me. Stay well and Blessings to you.


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Darknlovely3436 3 years ago from NewYork

nice hub

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