Lefty Posted March 5, 2019 Share Posted March 5, 2019 My path as a Christian began at a young age, baptized at around 6-7 years old, having been raised in the southeast in a family that is Christian, occasional church-goers. Mostly Baptist and Methodists, so I grew up in a god-fearing environment, but never went to church regularly. All those years, four years in the US Navy, and then nearly 30 years after I lived thinking I was a Christian. In fact, about three years after leaving the Navy, where I was a technician on fighter jet simulators, I decided that I needed to make a change in my life as it wasn't going anywhere, and it so happened, I had a roommate that I worked with that was a devout Christian, though not imposing. So, I felt that if I believed I was Christian I needed to know what that even meant. So the search and education began, even to include about a three-year span trying to live as the bible says a believer should, selling everything and "taking up my cross" and literally lived on the streets as a "preacher" to the homeless. I didn't do much preaching but just teaching people what I knew whenever the opportunity arose. In all my life I never studied any book more. I became an expert in what the book says. At the height of my journey, I was able to debate all comers on "sound doctrine", and regularly scolded the church-goers on the errors of their understandings and practices of the faith. It didn't take very long before I started seeing major misunderstandings and outright incorrect teachings in the church buildings. I got to the point where it wouldn't take 10 minutes talking with someone to have a really good idea which denomination they were. I had many sword fights with Baptists to Mormons and pretty much all others in between. Confronting Catholics and Jews was a favorite. I did not seek out people to battle, but when they showed up, I took it as God putting my enemies at my feet and therefore it was time to preach the gospel as I understood it. Little did I know at the time, that education of what that book actually says was showing me the truth of the matter, that what the bible says, and what "organized Christianity" was and is teaching their congregations is two different things. Quite literally the pastors are leading their flocks astray due to incorrect teachings and misinterpretations of scripture. I thought how ironic that was! The very book that warns about false teachers was telling me of the very people I was encountering every day, so it all must be true, right? In searching sound doctrine, it takes a TON of reading and cross-referencing verses, etc. I had my KJV and concordance and could search out virtually any subject and come up with an understanding of what the bible says about it. But I must admit, I had...doubts, but even scripture addresses that so I accepted that. It made sense seeing the bible says that due to the actions of Adam and Eve, we are all flawed in the flesh, we make mistakes, etc, we are not perfect. Salvation only brings perfection in spirit, not the flesh. Sounded reasonable. But those doubts actually grew over time as I became more versed in Bible text. The first big problem I had with what the bible says in Ezekiel 28:15 about the "covering cherub". This is where Lucifer is being talked about and how the character was perfect "till iniquity was found...". WAIT a minute! WHAT? How is that possible I asked myself? (cont.) 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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