Hello, I am writing you for advice and to share concerns. My name is
Stephen Merritt, I am married and live in Nashville, Tennessee and my wife
and I are searching for a church to call home. I've been to nearly every
denomination in town, but most recently to both the Mormon church and a
independent, fundamental Baptist church. I have troubles with the latter
church in that I wind up going to them because I am afraid they may be
right after all. They condemn modernism and liberalism, only use the King
James Version and can really work me up into a fear that if I don't toe
their line I might not be saved.
I've also investigated various other religions, notably Islam and Judaism.
The Jews I've spoken with have rattled my faith in Christ. They make the
claim that there is no historical evidence for Jesus and that if there was
a Jesus, miracles, deeds and words were attributed to him over time. Thus
Jesus is a myth they say, culled from various pagan myths of the time. As
examples of pagan elements added to "the Jesus story," they cite his virgin
birth, resurrection and betrayal, to name a few. The Jews also claim that
the prophecies that we as Christians say Jesus fulfilled are either out of
context, mis-quoted or non-existent in Judaism. How does one maintain faith
in Christ in the light of such logic? My faith in Jesus has been shaken and
I am trying to find my way back to it.
Another thing is, with all the various types of churches out there, how
does one find the truth? They can't all be right can they?
I am looking for a good church to call home and am particularly drawn to
Wesleyan-Holiness doctrine. Any comments will be appreciated.