Relationship, Not Religion

Note to Reader:  This is my personal experience.  This is not to bash the Seventh-Day Adventist church- they are the reason that I have a lot of the knowledge of the Bible that I have.  However, I believe that everyone doesn't need to belong to a certain denomination to be saved.

When I was 18, I got pregnant my first semester in college. I grew up in a Seventh-Day Adventist church and didn't get to do a lot growing up- most everything was on Friday nights. There were a lot of youth in my church and a few other girls in my church wound up prego too, but they got abortions. I couldn't bring myself to do that. Especially after seeing her ultrasound. She was part of me! She had hands and feet! She was moving around! The church wouldn't allow me to sit in the front, sing on the choir, nothing that involved me being in the front. That didn't bother me; I didn't want to influence another girl to go down the same road I was on. However, after I had my baby girl, I wanted to have her dedicated in the church and they refused to do it until I apologized to them and got rebaptised. This was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. I knew that I had sinned against God and should be repentant, but I felt more than ostrasized. I felt like I was being picked on knowing alot of the dirt that was going on in the congregation and being singled out to apologize to them? I left the church and vowed that I would never go back. A few years later, my best friend begged me to go with her. I told her that I didn't do "church"- but she wouldn't take no for an answer. I went to church with her and fell in love. The members weren't starchy and "holier than thou"- they were real people with real struggles. There was no competition. No attitude..."we are the only ones that have the truth and the only ones that will be in heaven." God wasn't mean...being a Christian was fun. Hard yes, because living a lifestyle isn't easy, but it isn't boring. Now I don't serve God because it is a rule...I serve Him because I have a relationship with Him. He doesn't care that I'm not Seventh-Day Adventist. I am not going to hell because I didn't apologize to a board of directors and I haven't read every single book by Ellen G. White and because I like to eat meat or want my children to participate in sports that have games on Friday nights. I am a Nondenominational Christian.
b4realz b4realz
31-35, F
2 Responses Nov 29, 2012

I agree with what you say. I don't eat meat, but it's because I feel better when I don't. God didn't make rules so that we had to be approved by Him. He made rules because He knows what is best for us, and we do struggle with the consequences: high cholesterol, perhaps, but not hell. :) We are free to eat meat if we choose. It is up to the Holy Spirit who is our own personal teacher, who does speak to us at a personal level. God has taught me how to give and have faith more than He has taught me what ways to eat.

So inspiring...love it when we choose not to do something because of our relationship with Him instead of doing it because someone told us to.