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What Religion Are You?
When I was a child I went to church just a few times. If we were ever with my Grandmother in California, we went to the nearest Church of Christ. For about two years we lived next door to a preacher and his wife - and had our own personal Sunday school most Sundays. My Uncle Joe was a preacher and we had a sermon every time he came to town. And for a couple of years in high school, I went to my best friend's church - the Riverside Free Methodist. Altogether in almost forty-six years of life, I have probably attended some sort of church for maybe five of those years...
I Believe - Isn't That Enough?
This, however, does not mean that I am not a believer. I truly believe that there is a God and a Heaven and all of the other things that the Bible tells us of. I believe that Jesus died for our sins.I believe in the Ten Commandments and believe that there will be some kind of consequence if I fail to live up to them. I believe that everyone should be the best person they can be and treat others the way they want to be treated. I believe that when you do good, good things will happen to you.
I have read my Bible and interpreted in the way I believe it should be interpreted. I don't believe that I need someone to tell me how I should believe. I know that there are men and women who have had a calling to tell others about God and their particular church, or synagogue, or temple, teaches them they should teach. And I know that they do an awesome job at it and many millions of people benefit from it. But I don't believe that I am one of those people.
How Do I Answer That Question?
When people ask me about my religion, I don't know how to answer. I do not belong to an organized church. There are parts of many religions I believe in. There is no one view of religion that I solely believe in. I read my Bible (many versions of my Bible), and other Holy books from other religions. I believe that almost every religion has similarities to one another. Most have a "supreme being" they pray to that will either reward them or punish them for how they act here on earth. Most have some version of an after-life. Many have "rules" to live by - such as the Ten Commandments.
I take the pieces of the different religions that I agree with and put them together with what I know from my own personal experience and go with that. I talk to my God daily and believe that He listens and responds. Maybe not in the way I want or expect, but He responds. I don't know if this is the right way...I don't know if this will lead me to my Heaven. I do know this is how I believe...
So how do I answer this question?
When asked what religion I am, I simply say, "I believe....that's all you really need to know."