Mike S., Frank, anyone, can you shed some light on this?
I have had some questions about how Christianity is being practiced today (and not just about eating or not eating meat) and, from a quick search online, it looks like I'm not alone. If Jesus had certain teachings, then shouldn't we Christians be following those instead of whatever evolved and was built on His foundation because of politics, one's personal interests, etc.? Believe it or not, I also have had a feeling for awhile that the major world religions may not be as different from each other as they sometimes appear to be. (I don't expect everyone to agree.)
Bible scholars and history buffs, please help me here (as I do my own research--about Essenes, Ebionites, and/or whatever I can find about true "Jesus" Christianity--in the meantime). It took me 50+ years to really listen and respond to those little nudges about not eating meat, and there are other things that I still question.