and the rest of my family’s beliefs…
my grandmother is pentecostal. she was a pentecostal sunday school teacher, she took me to church on sundays, she would always be cramming things like hell and the rapture and the dead rising and oh man all kinds of things a young child would be terrified of. not to mention how scary it was to go to church and have people convulsing and speaking in tongues and yelling, dancing, eating, and whispering(loudly) prayers alongside people shouting amens and hallelujas… it was so scary for me. at home she’d put her hands on the tv to be healed, and start swaying and chanting halleluja or whatever popped into her head i’m assuming. i remember vividly the pink-haired woman. i used to have nightmarish daydreams about her grabbing someone through the tv screen. i remember watching faith healers smacking people on their heads and pushing people over in the name of jesus and then they were “healed”. felt something was wrong about all of it. it gave me the creeps.
then i recently found this article on the 'net. i thought it was interesting. it didn’t help me feel any better about my family’s religion. i’ll link it.
my question is this:
if, to the best of your knowledge, you are worshiping how god wants you to, i’m assuming he’ll have mercy. but hasn’t he warned about religions like this? i firmly believe that my grandmother loves god with all her heart. god is the biggest part of her life. she is also the sweetest woman you are likely to meet (although excruciatingly judgmental). my family thinks i’m going to hell for being catholic. they are sad for me. ANYway, my grandfather passed away a couple years ago and i’m concerned about him. my question is this~ what happens to people if they follow a false religion with all good intentions?
no offense to any charismatics or pentecostals out there! it’s just how i feel!