Growing up, I’ve had many different relationships with religion.
My first experience with religion was with Catholicism. As a baby I was baptized Catholic, just like the rest of my family. Some of my fondest memories growing up are of attending the small local Catholic parish nestled on the lake in the small town where I lived. My grandfather would take me and my cousins to church each Sunday. He would give each of us children a dollar to give to the collection each week, and encouraged me to attend CCD classes and partake in my first communion. After church he would take us for breakfast at The Lake Cafe, and it was always a very special way to spend my Sunday morning.
After my grandfather passed away and I grew older, I began to reflect on the trials I had endured in my life. I found myself using these trials as a path to atheism, and denied the existence of any higher power well into my early twenties.
In the past few years, I’ve found myself returning to Christianity. It has required me to re-evaluate my beliefs, and my perception of the world. Some of this change has come from taking the time to read scriptures and pray, and some of it has come to me from a book called, “Mere Christianity”.
“Mere Christianity” was written by C.S. Lewis (Yes! The guy who wrote the Narnia books!). In it he writes, “Christianity is like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms, each room representing a denomination.” He continues on to say, “The hall (Christianity) is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors (denominations), not a place to live in. It is true that some people may have to wait in the hall for a considerable time. You must keep on praying for light, and above all you must be asking which door is the true one. Are these doctrines true? Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this?”
Right now, I am in the hall but I have not yet picked a room. One of my goals at this point in my life is to find my room. I want to be open-minded and try out my options. To do this, I plan to attend churches of different Christian denominations each Sunday. I’ll post a blog following each service to pour over my thoughts. I don’t know how many churches I will try before I find my home, but I’m excited to find out.