Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Day Four - My Views On Religion
I was born and raised a lapsed catholic, I was christened after birth and after the normal milestones, made my first holy communion and finally my confirmation. My schooling has been governed by religious institutions but I have never what you would call religious. I vary between atheism and the believe that there is some higher power in the universe, not the normal depiction of God, but something. Even if it is just the collective will of billions of people, wishing this power into being. When I was a teenager, I explored the Wicca, influenced by popular culture at the time. I have had certain times in my life, when I have prayed and prayed hard and I believe it worked and that is what has prevented me from completely closing the door on religion.
I am somewhat jaded though, by the acts of certain religious groups, who commit acts of terrorism or spread hate, supposedly in the name of their god. It doesn't wash with me and I find it hard to put myself in a group or demographic, who believes in spreading hate, or causing chaos. I am writing this now and thinking about, because the subject has brought it up, but in my everyday life, it is of very little importance to me, what I believe in, even if it varies from day to day.
I believe in science, the big bang, evolution but I haven’t completely closed myself of from the idea of an afterlife. Does the soul just dissipate when we expire? No, I don’t think so, or I should say, believe so. But I am thinking about tomorrow and that’s as far as I go, I don’t concern myself with worrying what may or may not happen to me when I die.