Over the past few years my family has gone through some very extreme changes… in every way. Not only our lifestyle- from city living to the country, but our diets, our political views, our friends and relationships, our clothing, our budget, our priorities, and most recently, our Biblical standpoints.
My husband and I grew up in the Baptist church. We never questioned much of what we were told, just went along with the pastor’s interpretation of Scripture. But this journey we have been on has revealed many things to us. Not much is as it seems. For so many years we have been foolish and naive to have simply believed everything that our leaders told us. For once in our lives we have begun to question everything. Everything. And we are doing the research for ourselves instead of relying on somebody else to give us the answer.
It started with discontent with our home church. We’d been there for many, many years, and we love the church family. But things just weren’t right to us. I won’t go into all of the details of why we left. Simply put, we longed for more.
A search for a simpler worship and fellowship brought us to a small home church gathering. We never could have imagined the difference this move would make in our spiritual journey. Since attending these studies, it has been as if a dark veil of misinformation has been lifted. We are considering things that we never before dared to even question. And we are feeding our ravenous curiosity with nothing but Scripture.
There are many deep theological discussions that I would love to lay on the table, but I still have so much to study and learn before I know what I truly believe any more. Doctrines that I thought were solid are now crumbled before me. Jerry and I both have a lot of Scripture searching to do.
We have been learning about the Lord’s Feasts, and their significance. (If you have no idea what the Feasts of the Lord are, or why you would benefit from keeping them, there is an awesome series we have been watching.) And we have had the privilege of observing Yom Teruah with neighbors and new friends. We are keeping the Sabbath, and have moved our studies to Saturdays instead of Sundays. We are considering not eating pork (or other “unclean” meats), which would really be a sacrifice considering we’ve been raising a pig for butcher!!
Right now we are hesitant to label ourselves, or cling to one group’s philosophies, but if you are curious about what we are studying, then you would be interested in learning more about Messianic Judaism.
Yes, we still believe… we KNOW… that Christ (Yeshua) was the Messiah, God’s Son, and that he gave His life as the perfect sacrifice so that through Him we would be made clean. We do not doubt this, nor would we ever. We are only now reading Scripture through Hebrew eyes, learning within context of the time and culture. It is amazing how much depth you miss when you read the King James from a Greek perspective.
So, this is where we are. Learning. Seeking for truth. Drawing closer to our Father. We have a long way to go.
I’d love to know your thoughts.