Originally Posted by Daniel
You really don't want to go there.
It should not be forgotten that the logo of this site has two people standing together, Gandhi and King. Gandhi, as I understand it, was a Hindu, and King was a Christian. East and West together- you might say.
I was attracted to the mission of Soulforce and felt that it had a place for me when I learned that one of the original ERiders- Herrin Haven- was a Buddhist. This formerly Pentecostal boy thought that he might fit in. And I've met some really wonderful people here, both online and in 3D.
I am disinclined to call myself a Christian these days. But I really don't think that it matters. I'm not interested in what the label on the jar is, but what's inside the container.
Are you disinclined because you do not like what the "Church" has done to the Gospel truth and do not want the baggage of the label? Or are you disinclined because you just really don't believe Jesus Christ was the begotten, singular Son of God who was sacrificed "for our sins", and resurrected in a miraculous triumph over death which paves the way for us?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Is an ultimatum most of us decidedly do not like being cornered with.
My solution for awhile was to believe I had discovered the "Spirit" and collective Truth of "Godness" all religions were just expressing in their own, culturally lovely way... All roads lead to Rome like spokes on a wheel... I became not just a Christian, but a Buddhist, a Taoist, Hindu, and Jew who could embrace the inspiration for Odin, Thor, Schrodinger's Cat and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They were all veneers. Everything and nothing was GOD, and realizing that was HimHerIt actualizing, manifesting from amoeba to Me, and you, and them (well not really the fundi type hold outs who kept preaching about falling and depravity and ruin of self-deification)... I hadn't abandon my childhood, dogmatic belief Jesus alone was the only Godman to walk the earth, I had recognized the Christ consciousness in all things and understood He was mostly just a symbol and pointer to our future selves... I was beyond being merely religious and over the boxing in of labels... I was part of God Itself.
I didn't so much shun the title of Christian, I transcended it... Those who insisted I actually describe the "believe me alone or go to Hell" ultimatum Christ hacked us in two with, were beneath me fear mongerers who I had a duty to enlighten... then it came crashing down in a blinding flash that made more sense than I could stand... But thats just me.