posted on Jul, 7 2009 @ 11:10 PM
I feel like the minority here because I'm still a christian but my decision is kind of a bumpy ride so hold on.
I was born in the western U.S. (New Mexico) and was raised in a baptist family. My father was raised a christian scientist but never bought into it.
My parents never forced church on me but as a child I'd go because I loved to. I didn't understand everything. I just liked the music and the
snacks they gave us and the funny pastor. I grew up still being a "free thinking" baptist. My younger brother later turned athiest and tried
convincing me a few years ago with the film "Zeitgeist" that christianity was a hoax. The film didn't convince me but made me curious. As I
joined the Navy in 2000, I found myself as lost. I considered myself a "confused christian" because what I'd been taught and what the Bible
actually said didn't line up correctly. I started my own research of religion, starting with prophecy because I was always intrigued by prophecy.
Eventually I figured, "what did the first christians believe?" My research took me to "Apostolic Christianity" and how the early christians
didn't follow or believe in much of what Modern Christianity believes in. I was eventually led to the United Church of God website and they had an
interesting take on christianity. Most people living before 1986 will remember a man by the name of Herbert W. Armstrong, the founder of the Radio
Church of God which later became known as the Worldwide Church of God. The United Church of God is the largest of the "Armstrong" sects. As I
researched their literature, I noticed that their teachings fell in line with what the scripture truely taught. I learned that Jesus, God and the
Holy Spirit were not a "Trinity". I learned that Hell is not everlasting and that the word "hell" is mistranslated in the bible. The lake of
fire is a Second Death and permanent.... no everlasting torment. I learned that there is not separation of body and soul but that they are one. When
you die, you stay dead until God resurrects you for his government on earth, or for judgement. I learned that the United States and Great Britain are
modern descendents of the Isralie tribe of Joseph. I learned that people are being "chosen" by God in this lifetime, and that most of mankind is
blind to the truth because of satan and in some cases, because God needs some to be blind for His plan to go forward. I learned that the Laws of the
Old Testament are to be followed by christians such as the Ten Commandments including the 4th commandment of keeping God's Sabbath day holy. There
is much more but you get the idea.
I denounced the holidays of Christmas and Easter because of their "pagan" origins and now follow God's 7 holy day feasts outlined in Leviticus 23
and followed by Jesus, the Apostles and the first century church.
To those who use to be catholic but are now pagan..... that's not a big jump. Pagans are the ones who founded catholicism.
God bless you all.