Adam, Greetings and best wishes!
An interesting topic and opening. I think your testimony is a very personal thing to share but am so happy you trust this community with yours...I certainly share my own here often enough! I was also raised in a church attending and devout family...Baptist. I know the drill.....And am now so glad for such an extensive grounding in the KJV....and related apocrypha...really helps me focus my Christian family and friends on the Jesusonian Gospel....well presented in the Bible!
Jesus used the Old Testament to express this new Gospel to his own generation and followers - including his brothers and sisters and his Apostles later! I loved my red-letter edition of the Bible!! (So did Thomas Jefferson - who published his own!)
You might wish to read the last Paper in the UB - The Faith of Jesus - for affirmation and inspiration! Also, Paper 100, Section 7 - The Acme of Religious Living, a testimony of Jesus' religious life.
I remember when I was your age, my testimony and my faith was strong and certain. It is a fine age of realization and transcendent power. Papers 126 and 127 were powerful reminders of that time in my life, especially my family, church, and personal religious life! Jesus was also your age once upon a time!
I would not advise you to disobey or disrespect your parents in any regard and am certain of their great love and hope for you. I am reminded of the great respect Jesus had for his parents and how he held his own dad in such high regard and example. I also recall his hunger for learning the scriptures and studying them all to learn the best of those and be able to recite and share and teach others by that inspired truth and wisdom. The scriptures are frequently quoted in the UB and there is a long and ancient history imbedded in many Old Testament books....from Egypt and even older! Did you know that? I can share some text and references for you. There's a biblical cross reference work I love called the Paramony.
The UB advises and teaches us to be respectful of the evolutionary religions and churches and traditions which help people find and express faith and hope and trust...no matter the facts or lack of facts underlaying such traditions. We are to socialize and worship together with other believers and to learn to make friends with those with whom we have disagreement or differing perspective.
The UB is not a religion. There is only one true religion...it is the one which is lived by each religionist and it is personally unique to each believer and faith child who comes to love God and seeks to know God within. Every Sunday, you sit among a congregation of religionists who seek God and are gathered to express their love of God as a community. Remember that. Respect that. Jesus did. And so did I. Soon enough it will be your turn to teach your own children about God and God's love for us all and to guide them lovingly into personal truth and faith.
Bless you....and blessings to your parents who love you enough to take you to God's house to share their own love of God and their own hopes and trust in God's goodness!!
What a blessing!!
Link to the Paramony: http://www.urantiabook.org/urantiabook/ ... index.html