Dear lady, I have many times from when I first started out in my Christian faith and not just a little, but an overhaul of just about every doctrine that I was first taught from the "fundamental (got to add this) "INDEPENDENCE" Baptist churches" here on the very buckle of the so-called Bible belt of the world.
Without question, some very good decent folks who in their " OWN " system fear God being overly righteous through "man-made doctrines"~ no smoking, drinking, a few that taught no makeup, no shorts, no pants on women, cut your hair a certain way, no beards on men, the list is endless. These were many of their practical doctrines on what constitutes living a godly life.
On theology side~I've changed on just about every single doctrine that I was first taught in my first three years or so. This list is a mile long and that's not kidding.
Free-will, Well, let's cut through the muster shall we: their own system of Soteriology I was converted from to where I now stand. Their WHOLE system of eschatology, I was converted from to where I'm now~this took much longer to figure out than Soteriology since much was understanding spiritual connections of some many links that one must go through to put the pieces of the spiritual puzzle together BEFORE one can clearly see end time and its related events taking us from the cross to Jesus' second coming and the end of this world as we know it.
Church government~ NOWHERE in the scriptures is there a SINGLE man over a congregation of believers, or a mini pope in the churches of Christ/God. Not ONE NT epistle was ever written to a SINGLE "wanna be" Diotrephes but ALWAYS to the CHURCH in a particular location.
So, my dear friend, I have changed more than most babies diapers have been changed! Is this not true of a Christian life that we should GROW in grace and KNOWLEDGE? The apostles sure did, and any man that makes a boast of never changing he is only showing just how deceived he really is in " his " religion.
At the end of his life Agustine wrote a book on showing his previous errors to where he then stood. https://www.questia.com/library/98659311/the-retractations We ALL should be able to do the same IF we are true seekers of THE TRUTH as it is IN JESUS CHRIST, not in religious cults, for the most part, these folks NEVER change.
Dear lady? Hmmm. I thank you for that though it may well be a miss-nomenclature as there are those who raise doubts, even on here. It is alright.. I claim a certain dispensation, if I may... being a true Ginger and having a modified Molly Brown personality.
Now, what I meant when I said
NO one here will ever change their mind in their beliefs.
is not that no one here will change their minds on their beliefs, but should have phrased it that NO ONE here will change anothers beliefs to their own way of thinking.
Yes, the debates, as tame at they never are or the knocked down short of hitting below the belt ones, can challenge ones own thinking but it does not happen from the posts here.
We may give pause, and we may see the other side but in the end we do end with what we are comfortable with in our beliefs.
Just look at you and 4WD. You two are the best debaters of anyone I have ever read on these forums.
But you still both adhere to your personal understandings.
And that is alright and it is healthy... I think.
For myself... yes, I was brought up in a main line protestant church. And for the first 30 years of my life actually did not even know that there were differences in beliefs within the mainline protestant churches. (except my Baptist girlfriend was all about belief in the rapture and at that time...in my teens... never had heard of it.... cause our Presby church never talked of such things)
Only that there were big differences with the Catholics and the ones that go door to door. .... and the cults.
(BTW.. point of interest?... When my adopted mom and dad were first married, she was Catholic. She converted to keep the family in one religion. For the first couple of years of their marriage though she and I would go to her Mass and then to my Church service. You might be surprised to know that there often were the same or very similar sermons on a given Sunday and the preaching was very very similar......)
It was not until I started to ... now don't get all excited here on me.... stay calm.... but it was not until I started to watch
multiple televangelists... all of whom preached a little differently, and watch Christian TV.... and saw yet other perspectives...
At that time my own church... they started to look at the "re-imagining God" stuff in their summer camps and study the Goddess Sophia" in their summer camps... as was verified by a monthly newsletter a watchdog group sent out....
and I mentally distanced from that church and it was in the 1980s that we ( mom, dad and I) got away from attending weekly services but a "variety" of ones were watched on TV.
And I saw different perspectives and none were anti my beliefs in Jesus as Son of God, Born of a Virgin, Was crucified and died for MY sins, and was resurrected... then I knew the value of listening to a variety as long as the core tenets of Christianity
And that is when I personally got super invested in reading the bible. Learning what I could. Bought so many books, not all did I read. Even attended that endtimes forum at Founder's Inn in VA Beach... and did a 180 turn in my lifestyle all with the ernest beliefs that I was growing to God and growing in God. And was striving daily for me to be as He wants me to be... for 24 years..(until I was stupid. admittedly... let my guard down and did a back sliding for a few years) then picked myself up and found GC.)
But I have changed in my 73 years of life on this earth in the way I believe and understand. I still see things in the bible and wonder why no one else sees what I see.
So while you have put more "study" into what has influenced your beliefs...then I have perhaps. Mine are not invalid.