An Autobiography Of My Religious And Spiritual Development Essay
I count my baptism as a great gift of God’s loving care coming out of the tragedy of my father’s death when I was 1-1/2 years old. While living with my grandparents subsequent to his death, I was baptized, and I believe that my baptism provided the foundation for my soul’s responsiveness to the spiritual as I grew up. I liked going to Church when I had the opportunity. I appreciated receiving religious articles as gifts. I played church, preaching to my sister and cousin.
The next step in my spiritual life was the quintessential “born again” experience at a youth revival. In this experience, I recognition of God’s personal love for me and my personal sinfulness, my failure to love him in return. However, I was 14 years old, living in a non-religious household, one-half hour from the nearest church of any kind, so my spiritual growth was limited.
When I could drive, I visited various churches before joining a Foursquare Church. Here I was baptized again, by full immersion, as my baptism as an infant “didn’t count.” The worship at this church was very dynamic, and there were many bible studies…