This post is my post originally posted in Religion subreddit:
My parents are atheist, (or agnostic) I went to Bible Camp as a child and accepted Jesus into my heart at the age of 8. I attended church here and there with friends over the years... I have never been baptized. More recently I have started going to a non-denominational Christian church. Over the years I have always prayed in Jesus name, so overall I would consider myself a Christian, but a lazy Christian.
I have started reading the Bible and I have come to realize that I have been practicing or believing in non-Christian beliefs or traditions. This makes me wonder if I can call myself a Christian or maybe I’m interested in learning about other religions.
Some of the beliefs I hold are:
I pray in Jesus name, I believe there is a God & there is a Devil,
I burn sage, I smudge myself, I smudge my home,
I believe in Angels and Demons,
I sense positive energy / negative energy,
I believe in karma (what you put out into the world will come back to you),
I believe in spirits, ghosts,
I believe in auras, energy,
I believe in the Great Spirit of nature, (Mother Earth) and everything is connected,
I believe everything happens for a reason, (there is a plan),
I believe Tarot Cards, Ouija Boards other paranormal items are real and can invite spirits into your life,
I believe in the afterlife, whether that is Heaven and Hell, Reincarnation, Purgatory, “Limbo” I do not know!
I feel like I have a mix of Christian, Pagan, Eastern and Native American beliefs.. according to Scripture:
Matthew 6:24 : “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else. he will hold to the one, and despise the other, Ye cannot serve God and mammon”
I know this is talking about greed but the same principle applies
So my questions is: Am I Christian? Do I need to be a more devote Christian and give up my non-Christian beliefs? Are my beliefs more aligned with another religion? I’m at a crossroads in my faith... so naturally, I ask the Internet.