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I don’t pretend to be well-versed in religion. I know in passing about Buddhism, Christianity, Paganism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Scientology, Shinto, Wicca. Female, male, creature. All these names and descriptives for what is essentially the same deity responsible for us and our path in righteousness. Our place in humanity and this universe. Rule-forgers and soul-savers. Salvation givers. Something to pray to when something goes wrong or after we brush our teeth and are climbing into bed.

I don’t pretend to believe in any of these. Or pretend to believe that when I die my soul will be cast down to eternal Hell if I don’t gather with others weekly and sing from a hymnal.

I don’t cast judgement on any who do. For some it’s a ritual that they don’t necessarily have much feeling for either, but because they were raised in that environment they go through the motions. They say grace before dinner. Light candles. Meditate. Abstain.

But isn’t praying and worshipping a figure you take for granted just as bad as people say denouncing religion is? Expecting help and love and guidance from a power that only exists for a few hours on the weekend or when tragedy strikes?

Take everything I say with a grain of salt, please. I’m not trying to belittle those who believe. On the contrary. I commend you for having a belief system that makes you more complete.

I’m just trying to work through all the feelings that wash over me when a pastor, a complete stranger who doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall, prays for me, sheds tears for me, and I can’t bring myself to feel anything.

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October 19, 2010 - Posted by | random, religion, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. “But isn’t praying and worshipping a figure you take for granted just as bad as people say denouncing religion is?”

    Yes! I agree.

    Comment by Daniel | October 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. “I don’t pretend to believe in any of these. Or pretend to believe that when I die my soul will be cast down to eternal Hell if I don’t gather with others weekly and sing from a hymnal.”

    I completely agree; which in part is why I am a Christian.

    Comment by methodus | October 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi there, thanks for leaving a comment 🙂 I’ve backtracked some of your posts and I do like your writing style, very honest and unabashed, which is, I feel, how blogs should be.

    On religion, I’m a Buddhist. Well my family is, personally I find that people tend to only turn to Gods, whoever they are, when there are nothing else in life left to believe in.

    Comment by Wither | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. […] that I didn’t want to identify with what people thought Buddhism was – more deities and more gods, more prayer and more worship. Too much of a misconception for me to associate […]

    Pingback by For the love of wisdom | Nothing and Beingness | October 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. I’m an atheist. I think that coming to peace with the fairness of unfairness can be a surprisingly good way to find some peace of mind. I don’t respect religion, nor do I feel any significant admiration for people who have “found” it, but I do find the subject interesting.

    Thanks for the blog. I’m reading. You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.

    Comment by Gregg | October 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. This seemed like it might make you happy:

    There’s a fort-related subplot.

    Comment by Gregg | November 20, 2010 | Reply


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