When I was young, Mother took us to churches like this,, and being who I am,, I sat down and read the Bible,, which I think that was my saving grace.
For many years I tried to reconcile the Jesus I knew to what was out there in the churches,, as they seemed to be two different things all together.
The memory that is seared into my brain is how I was 'Saved" and my older sister.
I had read the verses about,,, Ye shall be as Gods,,, and Jesus telling the disciples that seeing what he had done,, they would do even more
miraculous things,,, how,, the number one rule is to Love your Neighbor after God, how faith the size of a mustard seed can literally move
mountains,,, etc etc,,, so the View I recieved,, (self taught mostly reading the Bible) was radically different than the vision my fellow christians
seemed to get.
My poor sister and I were taken to a movie at a church at around age 11 to 13 and shown what Hell was going to be like for sinners,,,
She was Scared fecal less!! crying and running to the pulpit to get saved,,,, where she remains today.
They totally brainwashed her. (And I think helped her become addicted to alcohol,, as the fear was too much for her) She hasn't spoken to her Gay
Pagan brother in over a decade,,, even though I have tried to reestablish contact many times,,, she can't get past,,,""My Sinful life",,,
such is christian love by these types,,,
So,, today,,, after having went through ministerial program to become a ''preacher'',, I know the Bible,, from front to back,, went to many of the
places that Paul started this religion ,, and can see that it mostly is based on Mystery Religions,, and occult truths that are Esoteric to the
I returned to the true fold,,, paganism,, shamanic as that really is the oldest human religion,,, but Science and modern psychology are important
aspects to how I handle the spiritual.
I am definitely not anthropomorphic anymore,,, and fight that urge when it arises,,
my "Personal" relationship with Deity,,, as Christians say they have with Jesus,, is really the same as when I was a child,, innocent,, out in
Nature,, and recognizing that I am part of this Divine world,, and it is Good.
Born in Sin crap is just that CRAP.
a way to control,
I would agree that many Christian factions are cult like,, if not really true cults.
That is why I stay away from most organized religions,,, Leaders want worship,,, too
so basically,, Have no problem with Jesus as a Son of God, we ALL are supposed to be his/her children,, don't think he is the ONLY way,, which is
the crux of Christianity,,,
So,, my words to Christians,,, focus on the Red Letter edition,,, what did Jesus say,,,
quit listening to Paul and the Others,, not sure they are reliable Witness to Christ's message.
further more ,, investigate your christian History,,, you will be surprised at what you find.
Actually read your Bible,, instead of preach what Hate you hear from pastors and such,,,
Actually read Other Religions Bibles,, so you can mellow out,,, the Judaic tradition is not the most ancient of sources.
Know the History.
Use Logic and admit the contradiction of your religion,, they are blaring out most of the time.
Join the 21st century,,, some stuff is Tribal crap,, admit it.