Member for 9 years, 11 months
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Born in a Catholic family, grew up as a Christian (Protestant).
In my teenage years, I turned to Catholicism and even pursued being a priest (yeah, imagine that!). Thankfully, after much reading and studying the Catholic system, my deep desires to one day be married and have kids, I was enlightened and relieved by reading 1 Timothy 4 and then I understood that God really didn't want me to give up my future family, if I wanted to serve Him. So, I left the seminary.
Soon after that, while approaching my late teens, I was invited to a Pentecostal church where I technically and officially accepted Jesus as my personal savior. Towards my 20’s, I joined and serve actively in a Charismatic church.
After that, and throughout the following 10+ years, I studied, listened to, read, and sat under, the teaching of (and somehow participated) churches of all tendencies: Baptist, Traditional Anglican, Wesleyan, center, Reformed, and non-denominational –with all the flavors they come in.
Also, as sharing my faith and experiences with others has made me question what I stand for, the way I understand things, and why, I have done a lot of reading, listening and researching about atheists, Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and other major world views and religions.
I have had the experience to learn a great deal from all spectrum of Christianity and have come to the conclusion that all denominations got something right; I have the suspicion that many denominations might not be quite right on other issues, and a few are definitively off on others -but I’m still learning.
I am totally convinced of three things: God exists, He loves me, and by believing that Jesus lived, died to pay for my sin, and rose from the death, I now can have a personal relationship with God and have eternal life. On most other issues, I have a position, but would not be surprised to find out at the end that I was wrong.