I was raised as a Christian—albeit, not understanding what that label actually meant or what Christianity was all about. I have been a part of many different Christian denominations. I started in the Baptist denomination as a child, then practiced Catholicism, then Southern Baptist, then onto Protestant, then Methodist, and finally nondenominational. For me, they all had the same thing in common: confusion.
Sadly, lots of people commit to the religion but not to the concepts. The concepts are actually more important than which religion one follows, and without implementing the concepts in their lives, they’re wandering, or even being led astray—never actualizing love in their own lives.
How can we resolve the confusion? Remove the void. Confusion about religion is due, in part, from one question: is God real?
A more important message is that love brings hope to all, no matter your religion. Love crosses all boundaries. The religion— or lack thereof—under which you were raised will make a big difference in your ability to show love.
Your religious affiliation has to be the right match for you, though. No religion is better than the next. Your choice has to resonate with you.
The reason for religion is to have a source for life guidance. A place for instruction on life not death. We can follow a mix of all religions and still not experience love. The missing link to our benefitting from any religion is: What can religion do for you? Are we getting the instructions needed to live a successful natural life?
My decades as a Christian taught me universal life lessons— to forgive, to remain humble, to put others before yourself, and to be smart with your money. I still identify as a Christian. It’s part of who I am, no matter where I go.
You don’t have to agree with everything that Christianity says or does to identify as a Christian but it showed me the way to know love. Love is the key for humanity and is the central message of most religions.