How many young people who have grown up in homes where they went through Christian education such as Catholic schools, Christian academies, or Muslim education actually continue on the path of being spiritually fed? Out of those who only grew up attending church and Sunday school how many do you think co tiniest to be spiritually fed? Take it one step further how many young adults or adults who grew up not being spiritually fed continue you on the path to being spiritually fed vs. non spiritually fed? If you look into this or take a moment to actually sit back and think about these things for a moment what you find or rather come up with may actually surprise you.
As I tell people and trust me when I say this: I was raised Catholic, I was baptized, make my first Holy Communion, and went through Confirmation. Was I ever really given a chance to explore other options growing up? No. My younger brother had though he joined some other faith that sounds like B’Hi I know that that is not the way that is spelled but it’s the best that I can come up with given where I am writing this at the moment. My other brother quit going to church all together. I think he turned to another type of belief but because I didn’t grow up with him after I was 13 yrs. old I don’t really know.
Once I left home on my own, I quit attending church. I felt as if and forgive me when I say this that religion and church was shoved down my throat growing up. It seems as if we were always in church for some Holy Day. Then when I was 19 I came up with yet another excuse. I lost a child because I listened to doctors tell me I needed to terminate my pregnancy because my child was going to die right after being born and I couldn’t afford a funeral. My boyfriend and I listened. That decision led me to believe I could no longer attend church as I went against their teachings by terminating my pregnancy. It took me many years to go through the process of being forgiven for terminating that pregnancy. I never learned about forgiveness when I attended catholic school or church. If you ask me now the best thing I remember is sit, stand, kneel, confession, and communion.
Forgiveness is something I believe should be taught more about. Jesus Christ taught about forgiveness. In fact the following scripture tells us why we should forgive.
2 Corinthians 5:18–19 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Even in the Lord’s Prayer it says: “ Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who tresspass against us.”
To me forgiveness is sometimes confused with forgetting. Anyone can forget but not all of us forgive. Forgiveness is a huge part to developing a relationship not only with others but with Jesus Christ as well.