Why are you a member of your religion? Were you given a choice?
I became a Christian in my thirties. I was raised by a family of hippies and no religion was ever a part of our lives. My mother was big into TM (transcendental meditation) and I was exposed to that at a very young age. I became a Christian because I experienced some things in life that made his Gospels ring powerfully true and I could no longer deny his life, death, and who he said he was--Gods son.
The classic Calvinist joke is that I am one because I had no choice. Jesus said, "You did not choose me, I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit..."
I'm really not a member of a particular "religion." I'm a Christian. I follow Christ. My father was Catholic and my mother was Methodist, and my husband (former Baptist) and I have been a member of the First United Methodist Church in the past, but now we choose to worship with other Christians at a non-denominational church in the small town in which we live now. Growing up, I never really thought about having a choice of a particular religion until I was older. My family never really attended church regularly, except every now and then we would attend the big Catholic church. My mother would read to me as a child, the Psalms, which comforted me. As an adult later in life, I did the normal serving in the church, etc., the tradational stuff, but as I grew in my personal relationship with the Lord by reading His word and through life experiences of His amazing love for me, I chose to be a Christian without any other formal regligion attached to it. I really did love being a member of the Methodist Church, as the people really did "seem" to be so welcoming and loving, but of course, we are all human, so there is no such thing as a perfect church to attend - no where, as we all have fallen short. It is awesome to worship our sweet Lord with other Christians and have them pray for you and lift up each other and carry each other's burdens. I have nothing against any religion. I just choose to be a Christian and follow Christ. Any Bible believing church is great. Faith Reaper
I was born and raised catholic but have since changed my religion to paganism. I'm a total hippy actually.
I grew up as a Baptist. My wife is Catholic. I did not convert because of that. However, I attended mass with her for almost eight years before I decided to convert to Catholicism. My wife attended my Baptist services when we were first married, but the pastor of my church was hell, fire and brimstone type, which was a little to much for her. When we were married my Baptist minister, and two Priests officiated at the ceremony.
I can honestly say, I am a better Catholic that I was Baptist.
I like my religion because of the good experiences I always had through my life in church. I received the most beautiful education and mentoring from my grandmother (mother's side) since I was 4 years old. After that, I continued loving my church and trying to do good. I had and have the choice to change my beliefs and religion, but I feel very comfortable where I am.
I chose what I believe in. It is my personal choice as I seek to discover more about it.
There is so much to know and I love to investigate what I can do to learn more. It is all about knowing and learning what others may not know and sharing peace with everyone in the world as what religion has taught me.
My maternal grandmother decided that I should be a Seventh-day Adventist like she is, and like she hoped my mother would become. She had her wish, and neither my mother nor I think differently.
My dad (Baptist) and my mom (Methodist) visited different churches when they married, and decided to join my mom's church. My brothers and I were brought up in the Methodist church, with an emphasis on mission work, helping others, and "walking the walk". When I reached college, many of my friends began questioning their religious upbringings (or lack thereof), but I noticed that my Methodist friends and I remained with our church, even after examining the belief system it is based upon and comparing it to other churches. I met my husband at church, and all three of our children are active in youth and music activities there. I guess I chose to stay where I feel most comfortable, and where I am surrounded by a loving community of Christians striving to live by Christ's example.
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