My take on Religion, God, and Spirituality has changed over the years. Although I grew up Christian like many others in my part of the world, yet, I can no longer claim it as my faith.
When I was a kid, if I wanted something from on a top shelf I had to ask someone to get it or scoot a chair to reach it. Our cereal was on top of the refrigerator. Guess what I wanted. I was so excited when I finally could reach the top of the refrigerator without using a step-stool or asking for help. It was a milestone for me. This is how I see religion. Not that we can physically touch any god on our own, but that we can approach the spirit without tradition or allegories.
Face to face. In our infancy and childhood we learn stories to help us understand. The birds and the bees teach us about reproduction. Apples and oranges teach us math. Religion teaches us about God. Whether God is worshiped, feared, deified or loved, we learned from the teachings of our religion. Growing up in a very closed-minded religion taught me that my thoughts were not to be trusted. That whatever I thought was true probably wasn’t. Maybe not everyone’s religion does that, but for me that was what happened.
Religion was the highest power. The highest authority. Even more so than personal experience. It doesn’t matter if God or an angel came down to talk to you, it was not trusted above the unchanging dogma of our religion. Even if you found it in the Bible, underlined it in red, circled it, highlighted with glowing color, if it didn’t match what you were taught as truth, it was a trick of the enemy. Don’t let anyone fool you. I grew up in this stuff and I’ve argued it and studied it. If it wasn’t taught in the dogma, it is a lie.
When religion tells me to ignore those things I see around me such as science discoveries, cultural issues, or astronomy, it is basically telling me to ignore factual evidence. Ignore the truth and just believe. To the point that those people with the greatest faith ignored the most obvious laws such as gravity or chemistry. Yes I do know there are things I don’t understand. And I will admit there are times when someone seemingly did amazing metaphysical, supernatural things. Water turned to wine. Water turned to gasoline.
It is amazing to me that when we look at other cultures and religions that we can see through the veil. It is also amazing that whichever religion you deem as true, is probably the religion you were born and raised in. It was passed from your parents and their parents. Tell me truly, do you believe that your grandparents way of living was the only way? Was Grandma’s superstitious beliefs how you want to live your life? Is it spilled salt over your left shoulder or your right? There are some strange superstitions around the world. The conviction of belief does not make them true. It just makes them believed.
In Russia, its considered bad luck when a cat, especially a black one, crosses in front of you when you’re walking. Some people will avoid them by chasing out or outrun the cat.
If the cat already crosses you, then you have to break the spell by spitting three times over your left shoulder to avoid the bad luck.
In England, it is believed that meeting a spotted or black and white dog on the way to a business appointment is a lucky sign.
In Sweden, it is considered bad luck to place your keys on the table. In the old days, it it believed that prostitutes will often signal their availability by leaving their room keys on the bar.
I love this short piece I found while reading various blogs, http://wyzzz.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/choices-religion/.
Also, It’s not about the Colors and There is no Savior
- Superstition Safety for Friday the 13th (allstate.com)
- 10 Reasons Why I Am Hostile Towards Your Religion (secularkeyboard.wordpress.com)
- Religion and Superstition (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
- Why thinking for yourself is the truest freedom. (jamesmsama.wordpress.com)
- Who is God to You? (thebestfaithever.com)
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There is truth in all you’ve blogged. But like the new piece I wrote ‘Presence of God’, what we need is actually an experience of God (Love), to feel His Presence in our hearts. Religious fanatism will turn us to the Pharisees of old, that couldn’t see beyond the mosaic laws which they coin time after time to suit their taste. To me, Love is all that matters, and as said by Jesus- “If you love me you’d keep my commandments…”
I loved this post! I was raised as a Roman Catholic; church every Sunday, communion, confirmation, the whole nine. As I grew older, I found myself distancing from the Church for a variety of reasons. I’m still on a spiritual journey of sorts; trying to figure out where I belong in the Universe. I do believe in God, without question. In what way, shape, form, I don’t know. Whether He lives within me, I don’t know that either. What I do know is too many people have judged me for ‘walking away from God’ because I don’t show up at a building with a group of other people who pray and then go home and do all the things that the Church teaches them not to do. My belief in a higher power is good enough for me. My journey is my own. Thanks for sharing your views. I’m sure I will be back. Sorry for the vent. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story. I am right there with you. It’s a journey.
Well then, I hope you don’t mind if I join you for at least part of the ride. 🙂
Thanks for viewing my post. It always bothered me that ppl believed just because they think their supposed to believe. We must question everything and find what works for you. Great post! 🙂