First let me explain. I grew up in a Christian family. My mother taught Sunday school. My father, before he left us, was studying to be a minister. They were Baptist. As a child, I cursed God many times. He let my father leave. We didn't know from one day to the next if we were going to eat. Three of us kids split one small can of Campbell's soup, and that was our supper. But at least we had something.
Then worse things happened as I grew into a teenager and young adult. Even through all of this, I kept my faith. I went searching for the truth. I went to Baptist churches, Nazarine churches, Catholic, Episcople, Protestant, and other Christian churches. I found it rather odd that each church had members who basically told me I would go to hell if I didn't believe in their religion.
Wow, what a frightened young lady I was. I desperately tried to figure out which church I should be in. They were all different, and I sure as heck didn't want to go to hell. This meant to me that only one of the churches was the right one, and all the rest had followers that were lying to me. Hmm, and they were Christians?
That's when I decided to quit going to church. I realized that these church-goers didn't know the truth, even though they were trying to preach it to me. I began to read the Bible for myself. What I found out was everything I had heard being preached so far about the Bible had been taken out of context. Many people read it to find messages. I read it for what it is worth. I read the words to hear the story. I have a different concept of the Bible, which I am not about to discuss in this article.
After reading the Bible, I decided that I wasn't actually a Christian. I believe there was actually a person, named Jesus Christ, that he was a great person, and a wonderful example to many. He stood up for what he believed in, and never let anyone convince him otherwise, even to his death. That is admirable, and definitely worthy of praise.
However, I am not a Christian. I am not alone, either. There are many wonderful people who practice different religions. I am a spiritualist. Others are Buddhists. There are Jehovas Witnesses, and the list goes on. The members of these religions are not Christian. Does this make them horrible people who must rot in hell? Does this make them "the anti-Christ?"
Well, no and yes. Having a different religion does not make them bad people. But, yes, techincally they are the "anti-Christ". To a non-Christian, being called an anti-Christ really doesn''t (or shouldn't) mean a thing. I mean, if I am not Christian, wouldn't that make me ANTI-Christ? If not, then why do Christians use the term to curse a non-Christian?
My message to Christians who want to quickly judge and call us non-believers the anti-Christ, go ahead. I am not a Christian, so it doesn't bother me at all. I still love you for who you are. That is what is important to me.
*I do not judge anyone based on their religion. I do not preach any religion. I accept everyone. So, please accept non-Christians for who they are, not for what you want them to be.