A brief religious chronology ...
|Born in the USA in 1952.|
|Was brought up as an Atheist.||My Mom was agnostic; my Dad worked with NASA, taught me science, and mocked religion. I assumed that science disproved the existence of God.|
|Practised yoga and eastern religion for decades.||As a senior in high school, I suddenly became obsessed with yoga and eastern religion/philosophy/theology. I eventually joined a spiritual community.
If I had been introduced to Christianity instead, I likely would not have gotten involved with eastern religion.
|Converted to evangelical, Protestant, fundamentalism (Calvary Chapel) in 1990.||Problems with the eastern view:
If I had been introduced to Catholicism or Orthodoxy instead, I likely would not have become Protestant.
|Converted to Catholicism in 2002.||Problems with Protestantism:
If I had been introduced to Orthodoxy instead of Catholicism, I likely would have become Orthodox instead of Catholic.
|Accepted Orthodoxy as authoritative in 2006.||I discovered Orthodoxy and began to believe that both Catholicism and Orthodoxy (when in unity) are the truest expression of the church founded by Jesus. I had no basis for choosing one over the other even though both demand we choose. I remained in the Catholic camp.|
|Became an "Ecumenical" Christian in March, 2009.||After studying church history in depth I concluded that corrupt, unbelieving, sinful bishops cannot be trusted to teach truth. I coined the term "Ecumenical Christian" — it means I accept all true Christians as brothers and sisters in the faith. No more religious wars for me.|
|Began calling for an One Apostolic Church of the Church in early 2011.||As a "cafeteria" Catholic I accepted the foundational teachings of the early church but I rejected such Catholic ideas as:|
|Recommitted to the Catholic Church July 16, 2012.||The factors that pushed me into this:
|Just a Christian as of October 29, 2012.||In studying Catholic canon law, catechisms, papal encyclicals, and church councils, I realized I could no longer even pretend to be Catholic. The system is simply not true.|