Day 4 – Discuss your views on religion.
I read this topic and literally said “Wow”. I thought to myself … “Do I have to write about this? Can I skip it?”. Religion is such a hot button topic. One way to spark up controversy … talk about religion. Everyone has a different view on it and on what they religion says about them.
To push myself out of my nice, comfortable, introvert box, I’m going to tackle this topic head on. I’ll tell you what I believe. All of the views in this post are mine and mine alone. I have not been influenced by anyone. Whatever I write in this post is not intended to offend anyone. If you feel offended by my post, I’m so sorry for the offense. Write me an email and we can talk about it. I’m glad to discuss things and to listen to what people have to say.
And without further ado … let’s talk about religion.
A little backstory on me …
I was baptized Episcopalian. I don’t know much about the religion only that it is a Christian religion and a form of Protestantism. I have heard people call it “Catholic Lite”. Supposedly Episcopals believe a lot of the same things that Catholics do. Once I was baptized, that was the end of my real knowledge of being an Episcopal. I have been to a few masses since, but they were mostly for other baptisms and funerals. That’s it. I have been to more Catholic masses than Episcopal. Why? I was in a Catholic Youth Council (CYC) when I was in high school. We had a mass at our meetings on the first Sunday of the month. I never hated it.
Should I look into it more since this is my religion? Probably. Maybe I can add to my to-do list for 2019.
So let me this question … Am I religious?
No. I’m not religious. I have NEVER claimed to be a religious person. I will never claim to be a religious person. I have always thought of myself as a spiritual person. I love the aspect of religion in a spiritual way. I don’t like to think of religion as a set of rules that need to be followed. “The Bible says this so we have to do that.” I don’t agree with that. I like to think of the “big man upstairs” as a deity that you can communicate with and have spiritual talks with. Someone who is there to listen when you need someone to talk to.
There are many aspects of different spiritualities and religions that I connect with. I can feel it in my heart and soul that I connect with them. There is no other way to describe it.
What do I believe in?
I believe in God. I believe there is a “big man upstairs”. I believe in one God. I do believe that Jesus was his son and was sent to be our Savior. But with thinking in a more practical way, I do believe in the science of the world. I do believe that there are blurred lines between science and religion. I believe in that God gave man free-will. I also believe in the power of prayer. I believe that if you pray, God will listen. I don’t think you should just pray in times of extreme need or panic, but every day. I know that I have been guilty of doing the first, but I am trying to work on doing the second.
Even though I do believe in God, I do have my times where I get mad at the big guy. Over the past year, he and I have had some pretty tense conversations. I have had to ask him some serious questions. Why would he let bad things happen to good people? Why do people who have families that need them get sick? And I mean REALLY sick. How is that fair to the people who are sick and their families?
Other religions and spiritualities …
Never really having a background with religion, I have always found other religions and spiritualities fascinating. There was a time in my 20’s that I looked into a lot of them. I really loved the idea of Buddhism. It seemed so peaceful and spiritual. In the end, I knew that I didn’t have what it takes to be a true Buddhist. I didn’t have the concentration to devote myself to finding Nirvana. Even though it was a nice thought.
To sum up what I have talked about …
I know that I have talk a lot in this post about what I believe. And yes, I rambled here and there. So here’s what I think …
Do I believe in God? Yes.
Do I believe in on Go? Yes.
Do I believe in Jesus? Yes.
Do I believe that the Bible is a “How to live” and “What to believe” guide? Absolutely not.
Do I believe in science? Yes.
Do I believe there are blurred lines between science and religion? Yes.
I also believe that you love who you love and that’s all that matters. Whether you love a man or a woman. And I believe that God loves everyone. He loves them no matter what. Sexuality, gender, race … none of that matters. I believe that there is more than one religion or spirituality. I believe that everyone is entitled to believe what they believe. One religion does not rule over another. I grew up having friends who were Jewish and other friends who were Catholic. Neither was superior to the other.
When my daughter gets older and asks about religion, I will gladly tell her all that I believe. And I will let her make up her own mind about God and religion. She can be whoever she wants to be. I will love her no matter what, just like I believe God will.