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Re: Hello Mitch, Welcome SandraDee

Posted by Ritch on July 30, 2002, at 23:03:49

In reply to Hello Mitch, Welcome Ritch, posted by SandraDee on July 28, 2002, at 9:22:56

> I too thought this was interesting. Coming from the Catholic church - I always had the idea that I was saved because I was baptized as a baby.
> When I went to my first Christian church, I learned differently, and I just FELT that what they taught was in my heart.
> Thanks for joining the discussion. :) Hope to 'see' you around.


I just checked this and forgot that I even posted anything! My parents never attended church very much. My earliest church memory was being at a Lutheran church daycare center. I always wound up going to church with my friends not my parents. My best friend in junior high was baptist, so I went to a super conservative Southern Baptist church for a while. I remember the charismatic preacher talking about Hell being hotter than most propane conflagurations, etc. I was quite mesmerized by the sermon. There was a guy in our youth group that had been smoking grass for a few months and wore pot leaf patches all over his jean jacket in church (it was a riot-it was of course in the early '70's). He later confessed in front of the church about all of his pot sins and stopped wearing his pot leaf jackets and .. quit smoking pot. Most of my friends after that time were Catholics. But they never had any inclination to ask me to go to church with them! My exposure to Buddhism was when I read "Be Here Now" by Baba Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert-Timothy Leary's cohort). It was given to me by my best friend's girlfriend who was living in a commune at the time. I really got into that one. Perhaps too much. That was when I saw the similarities between Christianity and Buddhism.





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