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I am a non-denominational Christian. It took me so many years of spiritual struggle to realize that is who I am. I was born into a Roman Catholic family, going to Sunday school, lighting candles and praying to the Saints in church. I however never had the honor of doing my first communion, or confessing my sins to the father. At the start of my formative years, I was whisked away from South of the Border to the City by the Lake. It was here in the good Old U.S. of A where I was exposed to a pluralism of religions. And for a boy such as myself, that is when my tumultuous times began. Would I remain a Catholic, or become Baptist? Would I be Protestant? Evangelical? Or would I join the Jehovah's Witnesses? In the end I could not agree with many of their contradictory teachings. Also, how could any Christian believe that his or her denomination is better than the other? Why to me it sounded almost blasphemous. Beyond arrogance.
What was I to do? I was always searching for the Truth. Reading and learning about each faith as much as I could. The more I did that the more I felt I was digging myself into a quagmire. Ultimately, I made the decision to remain a Christian. But how would I reconcile all the contending sects? God gave me a very simple answer. I did not have to abandoned my faith in Christ for not being a member of a mainstream denomination. The Bible does not have a manual about which Christian denomination to believe in. He does not say be Catholic or Protestant. Jesus clearly said, "Believe in me and the Father who sent me." Period. Case closed. I know what the truth is. Knowing the truth has brought me boundless peace. If I had to suffer through such an agonizing spiritual trial to come to the Truth, I can't imagine how many millions of Christians have left their faith because they too have felt the same way. To them I say, you do not have to abandoned your first love, which is Christ, to be free and saved from sin. I say come back to your rightful House. The House of Christ which will always welcome you back with open arms.
Public Domain, "Christ the Consoler", Carl Heinrich Block, 1890