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What Was Your Spiritual Upbringing?
originally posted by: mavra81
I was raised to be an ELCA Lutheran (the most liberal of the different synods, or sects, of Lutheranism). My mom was raised in this tradition and sent me to Sunday school, communion training, and then confirmation. At home we were really not overtly religious. We didn't pray before meals, and my parents pretty much taught me to be a good person because it was the right thing to do, not because the Bible told me to.
My paternal grandmother was a pretty devout Catholic, but was never obnoxious or pushy about it. She would light the special prayer candles, always had a rosary somewhere on her person, and would buy bottles of holy water by the box. She would let me drink the holy water as a child for some reason-lol.
My mom did try to read me stories from my children's Bible when I was little, but told me she stopped because I asked questions she didn't know how to answer. I was especially distressed by Exodus. I would ask here why God would kill the Egyptian first born when they themselves hadnt done anything wrong (I was the first born and knew I wasn't a Hebrew, so this concerned me), I would ask why the Egyptians didn't try to fool the angel of death by putting the blood on their doors and pretending to be Hebrew, and why God drowned the Egyptian's chariot horses after the Red Sea was parted (I was a horse lover from an early age).
Eventually mom gave up and read me Greek mythology instead since she was a teacher that taught it as a unit and she could pretty much answer any questions I had about those stories-lol.
Now I consider myself a Christian but am a pretty liberal and inclusive one. I would probably be a liberal Quaker if self defense wasn't so frowned upon and I thought I could sit still in silent contemplation for an hour in meeting. I don't feel the Bible is meant to be taken super literally, and do wish I had the ability to read the different parts of it as they were first written to compare them to the translations we have today. And I'd still like to know what gives with all the horse drownings....
So what was your spiritual or religious upbringing? how does it compare to what your beliefs are today?