I was brought up in the beliefs of the Catholic Church, but have not been a practicing Catholic for decades. The reason for this is that I have no confidence in their teachings. When I was a young boy aged about nine, I remembering questioning in my own mind the Catholic teaching on there being a literal placed called hell, where people were said to be punished in the afterlife for their sins. Had I asked my parents about the church’s teaching on hell, they probably would have replied that the Pope was “infallible” when ruling on such subjects.
Over the past five years or so, I have done a lot of research on the true meaning of the Bible relating to many subjects, and have come to the following conclusion: the main Christian churches misrepresent the Bible. They misrepresent it over major issues such as: the doctrine of the trinity; man has an immortal soul; there is a literal place called hell; there is immediate judgement on death; and salvation entails getting to heaven.
Some minor Christian churches, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, have tried to get to the true meaning of the Bible by examining all scripture anew, and have come up with vastly different teachings on some important subjects than the Catholic Church or the major Protestant churches. Whilst I differ from the Jehovah’s Witnesses on certain things, I admire their efforts in trying to get to the true meaning of the Bible.
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