This is the second in a series on my Faith Journey.
When I was growing up, I only knew about one path to God. And it was the Baptist way.
As far as I knew, it was the right way, the biblical way, God’s way.
I believed it was the only way to God. And for good reason.
My father was a beloved Baptist pastor in Alabama for five decades. His closest friends were Baptist ministers who were like my “uncles,” and I was named after one of them. My paternal grandfather was a Baptist preacher. The list goes on.
Like most Baptists I knew, I attended church with my family every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night for 7-10 hours per week during my first 18 years of life.
I am very grateful for what I was taught because I learned to go deeply in the way. I was immersed in it.
And then I attended my first non-Baptist worship service when I was in college. A different path was now visible.
I began to realize that some of my friends were also taught one way, but it was different from the way I learned. And they believed, like me, their way was the only way.
I can remember the first time I heard the Bible I knew referred to as the “Protestant Bible,” and my Catholic friend showed me his Bible. I was amazed that his Bible had seven more books in the “Old Testament” that I had never even heard of much less read. It was not until seminary that I learned the difference between the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant books of the Hebrew (Old Testament) scriptures. But that is enough discovery to discuss for now.
My point is that all of us believed we had been taught THE way to God in our spiritual journeys. Which one of us was right?
I began to realize that I had been taught “A” way in the spiritual path, but maybe not the “Only way.”
I was uncomfortable for awhile with this new truth, but eventually it gave me a whole new view on my spiritual journey.
What about you? How did you grow up? Did you believe you had all the truth?
I’d love to learn about your experience, your spiritual journey. Won’t you share in the comments below?