KSVY/I confess.. as a recovering Fundamentalist Christian by GodOfOnlyLove published on 2013-08-20T22:48:38Z I am a recovering Fundamentalist Christian. I apologize for the damage done and to come by the likes of me. How did we take a message of peace / forgiveness / reconciliation / freedom / Joy... and twist it into judgment, division, and fear? This is a day during which darkness and shadow came into the studio, hand-in-hand with the message of Love Only. I was raised with a message of Joy, If... Love, If... quid pro quo - this for that. God will love me, if. I was less than 10. Jesus loves me, if. You will have eternal peace, if. You must say these words, perform these rituals, in exactly this manner and order. Do not think/perceive/act outside these lines. Satan awaits those who fail, and his is an eternity of pain, burning, suffering, and terror. ** So why wouldn't darkness and shadow walk in some days? That's a lot of baggage to pour into a little boy. The God of Only Love broke through all that layering. Spirit remained patiently - awaiting a crack in the cemented thinking. My religious training made me tribal, self-righteous, self-glorifying, judgmental, hateful. I am sorry. And I am grateful for a God of Only Love - for providing me and all a Way to Redemption. Jesus is, indeed, the Way. It is a way of service, forgiveness, humility... and inclusion. Other spiritual teachers have discovered this Way, too... lived this way, taught this Way. The Dalai Lama of Buddhism simply says, "My religion is kindness." Jesus told stories / parables about living a Life, living a Life of trust and love of neighbor. "My command is this: love one another as I have loved you." Where is the fear in that? It is only love. "Love one another as I have loved you." I confess. I am a recovering Fundamentalist Christian. Thank God for Love.