Religion is one of the most controversial topics out there. Everyone has different beliefs. Especially in today’s society. There are newer religions as well as the old. From Christianity to Islam to some new age belief that I really don’t have a title for. Some people are atheists. In fact, more people today are atheist and agnostic than past generations. I, myself, fall into the agnostic category.
As a kid, my mom tried to get me to have a Catholic upbringing. I had my baptism when I was 4 or 5 (I don’t remember when exactly), and we used to go to church every Sunday. Around the time I was 6, my mom stopped going to church. I think it was something the Catholic church was doing, or they were constantly asking for donations. I don’t remember. She just didn’t like the way they were turning and we stopped attending.
Her goal to give me a Catholic background kind of failed after that. When I was a kid, I was open to those beliefs, and I believed the way that she did. Every meal we would pray before we ate. Christmas was a time filled with religious movies and sayings. Visiting my grandmother (who is a Catholic through and through), that was the one time we would attend Mass and go to church.
Eventually, I reached an age where I started to teach myself and take on my own views. One of my good friends is Muslim, and she was the first friend I had with an openly different view on religion. However, she was also one of the most open. She has her own beliefs, but she never shoved them down anyone else’s throats. And her and I have had countless open conversations about religion. I love that – there has been this hate on Islam, and I’m not going to write like I know what’s going on in the world – I don’t know that much, I avoid reading about it. But Islam isn’t the enemy, and that’s another reason why religion is such a controversial topic.
As I got older, I stopped believing in the Bible. Maybe it’s because I started to understand history a little better. For these stories to have been written when they were – it was an age where people would exaggerate a story as they shared it to make it sound better. And I remember hearing somewhere that the Bible was written in a way to get people to behave and follow the Catholic church. Or something along those lines. They were written to teach lessons. And knowing this, I don’t believe they are accurate. There may have once been people with those names who went through certain feats, but not to the extent they are told. Because that’s how story telling is – it’s to make something sound even better than what actually happened.
For me, I started leaning towards being agnostic. I believe in the possibility of a God, but I can’t prove that he exists. I’m not naive enough to believe that there is no higher power – we know very little of what’s outside of Earth much less what happens to us when we die or how we were created. Science has given us answers, but there are many questions still unanswered. We don’t even know if aliens exist, but we’re not the only planet in the solar system either. So I believe in the possibility of these things.
There are also many unexplained things that happen in our day to day lives. Karma is a factor sometimes – I’ve seen people get what they deserve. But yet, in the same breath, there are innocent people who die everyday, while guilty and shameful people live without any repercussions.
Do you believe in ghosts? When I was a kid, I remember living in a house that my mom swore was haunted, and I remember believing that it was as well. And many odd things did happen in that house, including my step father’s behavior changing rapidly. Things would fall down randomly, move out of place – hell, the cat we had at the time would meow at the wall and run around the house like something was chasing him and his life depended on it. There was a well in the basement, and if you know anything about ghosts, then you would know that that alone would play a significant part in having ghosts in the house. I can’t remember exactly now, I think it’s supposed to be they travel through water, or something like that. I read it in The Amityville Horror once.
But who knows? I believe in the possibility of everything, but I have no real proof to say it exists. The same is said for God, or some higher deity. I stopped praying a few years ago, because I stopped believing the way I used to. It’s like when you’re a kid and you believe in Santa Claus and then you find out he’s not real, that it was your parents who brought you gifts every year. It’s a letdown, but so is adulthood in a nutshell.
I believe in Good and Evil. I believe in Nature. I believe in the present and the future. These are things I know to be true. You can’t have good without evil, if there’s one thing anyone has ever learned from any kind of movie, TV show, or book, it’s this. There has to be balance in the world – also, hence, karma. Nature is the greatest force we know of. Just even thinking right now of Hurricane Irma down south, that’s a force of nature you can’t stop. As scary as it is, this is Earth’s way of balancing itself out somehow. Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, fires – these are all forces of nature that are scary and true, but they can’t be stopped. You can push it back, but eventually it’s just something you have to wait out.
I don’t like arguing about religion, but I do like having open and interesting conversation about other people’s beliefs and why they believe the way they do. There are so many views out there, that I didn’t even want to go into them. At the end of the day, every one is open to having their own views on religion. This is the 21st century, I would hope we’d be past this by now.
What do you believe in?
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