Despite all philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings – Dalai Lama XIV
What do you base your religious beliefs off of? Is it what your parents taught you? Or is it radically different?
In comparison, when you buy a new car, do you do all of research to find one that you want. A car that you will enjoy driving every day. Or do you buy what your parents recommend blindly? Trusting that they know what is best for you.
If your parents are Baptist, Catholic, Mormon, Buddhist, etc… is that what you practice too? Have you ever explored other religions?
Is your religion the one true religion and everyone who doesn’t practice it, are they going to hell?
If your a Christian, is the Bible the end all be all guide for life? Who is King James? What is the history of the Bible? Who decided on the books that it contains? What was not included in the book? Why the specific order of books? Are the translations to English from the original Greek and Hebrew versions accurate?
Does your religion explain the dinosaurs? There is undisputed evidence that they existed. So where do they fit in?
Does your religion talk about the possibility of other worlds and other alien races? With billions of visible stars, there has to be other planets that contain living beings.
Questioning what you believe is important. Most people question everything in their lives except for religion. Why?
I was brought up in a very religious home. We were very active member of a Bible church. It was a non-denominational church. Later I found out that my father’s family was Catholic and my mother’s (growing up in Sweden) was Lutheran. So the church that I lived and breathed in most of my life was actually a compromise for my parents. It wasn’t the religion of choice for either parent.
Then when I was 16 I did a mission trip through an organization called Teen Missions. My church raised thousands of dollars for me to go on this trip. I was gone for most of the summer months. But while I was there I received very little mail from my church. I sent letters to people almost everyday explaining what I was doing and what a difference I was making in other people’s lives. But I heard nothing from my church. It was a real eye opener for me.
When I returned from my trip, I looked at things from a different view point. I saw things that I didn’t think existed before my mission trip. Church members that had trouble with the law, alcohol issues, teen pregnancies, members that used church only as a social environment. It seemed like 5% of the church members were SUPER religious and their whole life was dedicated towards it. While the other 95% of the church members were there strictly for the fire insurance. You know…. the whole hell thing.
My life has been different since then. I do not attend a church. I am often annoyed by the super religious people around me. I base my Sunday morning plans around the “church crowd” that lets out of a local Baptidome down the street. I explore and read other cultures and religions that move me. But even though I was super religious in my childhood. Now I am not at all.