Dear J, 11/6/2010
I am excited to see a renewed interest in your relationship with God the past several months.
As I said to you last week, Mom and I tried real hard not to jam our faith down your throat as you were growing up …nothing worse than growing up with heavy-handed parents.
Too often, Christians have a habit of answering questions, no body is asking :-)
I hate it when I feel I am on the receiving end of a canned conversation…so that’s the last thing I want to do with you.
But now that you are asking some great questions, I do want to share with you what I believe.
As you know, I grew up attending a Lutheran church and mom grew up Catholic. I won’t bore you with all the details, but to make a long story short, I decided to join the Catholic church once we made the decision to get married. That meant I had to attend a series of classes on becoming Catholic. The classes raised several questions for me, not the least of which, who is right?????
Are the Catholics right? Was the denomination of my childhood right? What about the Baptists, Methodists, Assembly of God, Nazarenes, charismatic, and the list goes on?
Who could I talk to find out who is right and who is wrong?
Everybody can’t be right.
And obviously, anyone I would talk with would be convinced that their belief system was right.
It was a very unsettling time in my life, I felt like I was in the middle of a spiritual earthquake….
the very ground under my feet was shaking…but out of that time of sifting and shaking came a nugget of insight for me…and to this day, 3o years later believe this with my whole heart….are you ready?
To the degree a particular church or denomination is in line with the Bible, to that degree it is right.
Since this is first letter is going to be posted on my personal blog, I’m a little reluctant to go any further in this conversation, lest I be guilty of answering questions that nobody is asking myself.
If you are one of the handful of regular visitors here and are interested in following along on this conversation with my son , you’re welcome to click on this link
I’ve been wanting to share some of my more personal stuff on-line for a while now but have never felt like the ”heart to heart” blog was the place.