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What we believe obviously affects our understanding of the purpose of life. Now, with knowledge abounding and easy access to the internet, people are thinking for themselves, and questioning what they have been taught – and that’s something I would want to encourage. I have far more empathy with some atheists than I do with those ‘Christians’ who think they have all the answers.
I am now 76 and I have twice been forced to reconsider just about everything I had ever been taught about Christianity. I left a traditional Anglican church (where I had been treasurer for 8 years) in the early 1970′s because of what I saw as a lack of radical Christianity. Then in 1995 I was a member of the Worldwide Church of God when the leadership of the church announced that much of their theology was misguided. That was a very traumatic experience that resulted in a loss of several long-term friendships and caused a number of family wounds that have never been healed.
Nearly three million people are said to be leaving the ‘traditional’ churches of Europe and North America every year. Why?
Why is there so much fear, guilt and shame attached to the Christian RELIGION?
I find it sad that much preaching suggests we are separated from God; that we don’t measure up; that we are being condemned by an angry God; that we need to repent before God will change his mind!
Like many others who have been drawn away from churches they may have attended for many years, I’m convinced that some of the teachings of traditional Christianity are misguided! I would go so far as to suggest that a few are seriously misguided. But I’m only an ‘uneducated’ believer!
It was in 2003 that I really became aware of the emerging / emergent / house church movements and what was then being referred to by some as “the out of church Christians”. It was in the same year that I found the book “So you don’t want to go to church anymore” on the web when the authors had only written the first three chapters. As a result of the traumatic experiences of 1995/6 and my ongoing experiences since then, I have developed a real feeling for some of those who are being challenged to reconsider their whole belief systems and even their roles in life – whether or not they have ever had a leadership position.
Maybe we need to reconsider our own understanding of the purpose of life and the foundations of our own faith and how that may have changed and developed over the years.
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