Someone recently suggested that I don’t know the “true nature” of “Christianity” because I am a convert to the faith as it were (Since I am not real big on the “Christmas “thing" and all, however, I don’t begrudge anyone who is).
As a “convert to the faith” I will admit that there are many benefits of not being raised within the tradition of "church" (my lack of yule time celebration not being one of them).
I have come to the conclusion that because I wasn't raised in a "denominational" or "sect" mindset, and actually chose to follow Jesus after reading the Bible for myself as opposed to letting someone spoon feed me what they thought about what was written from some doctrine and perspective of some random theologian, that there are some very different ways I look at my “faith”.
Further, "church" never being part of my sociological structure, never became a club for me or a social network, so I had no need to conform to doctrines that obviously contradict and complicate some very simple and clear things that Jesus said and / or did.
Even further, since I came to the silly conclusion that "spiritual rebirth" was first and foremost an "internal change" that an individual must "choose", my concern has been generally how to better rule MYSELF in the likeness of Christ as opposed to trying to rule or govern everyone else. Much harder to look in the mirror and admit a need for change and strive for it, than it is to point out flaws in everyone and everything around you.
So even though I have met many likeminded Christians of the few sects and many denominations that exist, and truly enjoy their fellowship, I have found no specific need to validate myself by that fellowship, aside from my fellowship with God in Christ Jesus. I have read about 12 translations of the Bible, and I can't seem to find where Jesus said I have to follow any denomination or sect, I can only find where he says "Follow me"?