The posts that come under the category of ‘The Beginning’ give the salient points of my upbringing to the age of 18.
What I believed, either through direct teaching or through assumption.
- God made the world in 7 literal days
- Up until the time of the biblical flood, there had been no rain, the rainbow account was the first occurrence of a rainbow, ever
- All the characters mentioned in the bible, and their adventures occurred exactly as stated. This includes:
- The spiritual gifts listed in the bible are real gifts that humans can and do use
- God is a personal god of love and has an interest in us as individuals.
In terms of my own Christian dedication, I had no doubt I was a Christian and I had no issue with going to church. I considered it important that I did, the thought of not going to church just didn’t feature. I attended many different churches of different denominations over those early years.
As a person I had very low self esteem, thanks to my parents marriage breakup, controlling step-mother and step-siblings, English public school and probably other factors too. I recall not having much freedom to find and express my own views, opinions and ideas.
Christianity to me was defacto and unquestionable. There had been boys at school in England who challenged Christianity, but the school itself did not, with the majority of teachers being practising Christians. There was even a school Chaplin.
So at 18 years old, I was to leave home in Zambia, with a plane ticket for England and make my way in the big bad world. Of one thing I was certain, I would be looking for a church to attend with the same seriousness as I would be looking for a job.