Welcome to originalchristianity.net. My name is Mark and I am the guy behind this site. I am looking for people with an interest in Christianity and especially what it was originally.
I became interested in this a long time ago being raised in a house with a Catholic father and a Protestant mother. As the rules were for Catholics who married non-Catholics at that time, that meant that I had to be raised as a Catholic and I went to Catholic schools. But there were problems with that for as long as I can remember.
You see, my grandfather (mom’s side) was a hellfire and brimstone itinerant preacher. Raised in a godless house he was a whiskey-drinking, ball-playing, whirling dervish of a young man when he heard the call. He gave it all up: no more drinking, swearing, or even dancing or going to the movies. As intensely as he was at playing baseball, dancing, swearing, and drinking he was the same with Christianity. No half-speed for Sam Leddon. He went from one intense world to another.
Holiness was bigger then than now, and Sam wanted to be holy. Sam wanted his family to be holy. So my mom says, she couldn’t even go out as a kid, let alone think about anything as unholy as dancing, movies, and the like. Still, she believed in the Lord, just not as radically as Grandpa Leddon.
Catholic school religion was mostly learning the catechism, rote memorization of questions and answers that most kids didn’t understand. On the other hand, while I wasn’t supposed to talk with my Protestant family about God, I did. The way they talked about things made more sense. They talked about salvation and quoted bible verses to explain it. They talked about a lot of things that were just plain exciting.
So one day when I was seven I realized that I believed that God raised Jesus from the dead, and decided to make him Lord in my life. Great, right? I thought so. Except, I made a mistake and decided to talk with my Catholic teachers about it. Whoa, you would have thought that I had stolen their lunch. Next thing I knew a priest was talking to me and he was mad. What was I doing suddenly believing that God had raised Jesus from the dead? Of course, I believed it they said, I was born into “the” church, the Catholic Church. I was told to stop talking about these things with my Protestant family. I was told all kinds of things that just didn’t make sense, not the least of which was that I wasn’t going to see my Mom’s side of the family in heaven because, you see, Protestants are inferior, and go to an inferior heaven than Catholics.
That was the beginning of my curiosity about what was the true, original Christianity. It wasn’t that I didn’t see people following Christ in the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, and or the Disciples of Christ. It was that having all these denominations preaching things opposed to each other while all claiming to be inspired by God causes too much confusion, and as a result, doubt as to what is true Christianity.
I feel a burden, a call, if you will, to investigate this and present what I find.
God Bless you and enjoy.
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