My partner and I are struggling with our faith.
We were both raised Christians (I was raised mostly non-denominational but we did attend a Baptist Church for awhile while DP was raised strictly baptist) and I'm honestly getting sick of "organized religions". I just feel like we're bound by rules, regulations and traditions that nobody questions and when someone does, they go unanswered. We just recently found out about the true orgins of popular Christmas traditions in 2009 and NONE of them were rooted in anicient Christianity. However, when I brought it up to my Pastor, he dismissed the facts and called it a "fun" holiday that the whole family should enjoy.
I guess basically what I'm trying to say is that although we DEFINITELY believe in the Bible, Christ and his message, we're starting to drift away from our church because of our differences in what we believe. Has anyone else felt this way before? If so, what did you do to find meaning in your spiritual walk that goes beyond traditions?
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Do you feel Christians should not "do" Christmas traditions because they were adapted/stolen from other religious festivals?...
Get what I'm saying?
subbing anyway... we're all on a journey here...
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I don't know if it would help, but you could try the Belief-o-Matic and see if a particular denomination comes up. http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainme...iefOMatic.aspx
These days, you can often see/listen to a sample sermon online--which can make things a bit easier. Or at least peruse the website of some churches near you and see what they believe... what the pastor's message is like...etc.
There are also various movements within Christianity which may appeal to you... such as "red letter Christians" (try to follow Jesus's own words in The Bible--written in red in some editions.)
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Christianity has a long history of producing great thinkers, both in theological and secular arenas. A church that does not permit it's members to work through their own beliefs and study the Scripture is a church that is very unhealthy.
I do think it's rather funny that many people are in your exact same situation for exactly opposite reasons. While we eschew many cultural trappings of the holidays, we find nothing pagan about celebrating the birth of our Savior and his resurrection on commonly accepted dates, though we know we don't have the exact dates, and even exchanging a few gifts. For that reason we would be heartily rejected by certain churches.
Our beliefs do set us apart from most American Christians. However, instead of going on a long quest to find the perfect like-minded church, we settle where we feel God leading us and fellowship with other Christians even if we don't have an all-points theological match. While it's tough not fitting in, it's also kind of neat to have good friendships and enjoy fellowship with folks all across the denominational landscape.
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I know your frustration. In the churchs I attended growing up the WORD was taught but nothing was given to explain the whys and hows of it or why that WORD was the real word vs other possibilities. It wasn't until I started studying the history of the Christian churchand the history of the Bible that I started to understand the whys and hows of everything. One good place to start is the book Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman. It tells of how the bible came to be what it currently is today and the history of how it got made. I tended to take the WORD a lot less literaly after reading that book. You may also want to try a Unitarian Universalist Church, they are open to all religons not just non denominational Christian and incorporates many different views. It may help you find what you are looking for or maybe what direction to go looking. Good Luck!
Unitarian Universalists, which a PP mentioned, and which I am myself, are definitely open to questioning and supporting each individual's own spiritual path. However, while there are some UU Christians, most UU churches are not overtly Christian and honestly I don't think you'd be happy there.
Good luck in your search!
I have also found that honest questioning is quite welcome, and that the answers are based on scripture, history, and our God-given reason. They are not just one pastor's interpretation of scripture. When I have asked questions, I have never been encouraged to blindly accept the status quo. I have been encouraged to seek greater understanding, and I have found it and increased my faith. There's even an entire organization out there called "Catholic Answers" designed so that people can bring their questions.
I know it seems really counter-intuitive since everyone "knows" that the Catholic Church is so strict and just pontificates beliefs and expects blind acceptance. Scott Hann, whose research into history and faith brought him from a Protestant church to the Catholic church, talks about how when he started looking into some of his questions, he didn't know what the answers were, but he just "knew" that the Catholic Church had it all wrong. This was based on a lot of the misconceptions he had about the Catholic Church. I would just say that if you've got questions that need answering, don't rule out that the Catholic Church might have the answers that you are looking for based on prejudices that may or may not be true.
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1. "God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere."
2. "We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good."
3. "We create our life experiences through our way of thinking."
4. "There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God."
5. "Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them."