Church: Christianity and Late Middle School

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The beginning of my relationship with the church that I could recall was when I was 5 years old in kindergarten. I grew up in a Catholic family that was conservative. I was blessed enough to able to go to Catholic schools my entire life. I truly felt loved growing up in school by my teachers and peers. As a student I was able to learn almost every aspect of the Catholic church from a young age. As I got older I could really see the difference learning about God made on myself and others around me in school. I always felt like I was in a comfortable environment and that I could be myself around people who accepted me. I started to begin questioning the church and my faith in late middle school into high school. Up until that point my life was calm and I did not have many issues. After moving and switching to a new school I was bullied and teased horribly. I started to question is there a God? Why is God letting this happen to me? Why won't he listen to my prayers? My teachers and family began to reach out to me guided me through a tough time in my life. I learned that is God is always there and that certain things were put into my life for a reason. I knew that retaliating would not do any good and would just be spreading my hate. I decided to ignore them and let them talk but not give them the satisfaction of a reaction. When I felt like my world was crumbling I would pray and my pain would be eased. Eventually, the bullying stopped and I became a better and more confident person. I believe the biggest factor in me overcoming this obstacle was the church the community of people I knew from it. They were a support system for me and I knew I could count on them. Now I am in a place of exploration. I still believe that I am Catholic but I don't always agree with the Church on certain issues. But I have learned especially through this course so far that the bible can be interpreted in many different ways. I have learned to take the bible and turn it into something...
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