Sunday, August 28, 2011

What do you believe?


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I really hope I don't offend anyone with this post. This post is simply about me and my beliefs or lack thereof.

In regards to God, Jesus, the creation of the Earth et al. I have no bleeping idea what I believe in. Growing up to a non practising Catholic Father and a Mother from a Presbyterian background I never attend church. I went to a public primary school that introduced RE in grade 7. We had two lessons. Yep, two! In high school we had a school chaplain, who really only gave a special payer at formal assemblies. So as you can see religion and faith have never really been apart of my life.

B's family are Catholic, but I like to call them occasional Catholics. They only ever go to church for Mass at Easter and Christmas. I really don't under this version of church going? But hey it works for some and who am I to question that!

He went to a Catholic High School and attended the Easter and Christmas Masses with his family until he was old enough to be able to 'get out of it' he hasn't been in about 8 years. B doesn't much like talking about religion, I have asked him a few question about his faith and he doesn't say much. But hey he hardly says much anyway, words aren't his thing.

I really just want to throw it over to you guys in the comments. I really would like to know what you believe and if you can indulge me enough, why do you believe in those things?

I suppose what I am asking is for those of you who have strong beliefs in your faith, how did that come about? Where did you find this? Was it from your upbringing? Did you seek it out or did it find you?

 Are you of the Science or Religion camp? Or maybe a bit of both??


9 comments :

  1. Hi Amy, I'm a post-dualist pagan. That is I believe that every atom in the universe and beyond is both physical and spiritual entity and it's all connected. I do refer to various gods and goddesses as part of my faith, but more the way you might give separate emotions a name (happy, sad, angry) even though they are part of a whole and cannot really be separated out (they're an expression of something intangible). My mum is a born again Christian, and my dad is at most an agnostic. I was a Christian for a while, but it just didn't sit right with me (like have only a part of the whole picture - i felt there was more to it all). I really respect faith in and of itself, whether it takes a particular religious form or is more generalised. I feel it is all an expression of something that is part of everything in and around us...

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  2. Thank you for sharing your beliefs Sif. I was worried there would be silence.

    Your beliefs sound very interesting. The kids have me pre-occupied right now, but I will be back to respond properly later.

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  3. I'm a Christian, who goes to an Anglican church mooost Sundays. It's different for everyone, but for me I grew up going to church with my family. But as an older teenager it started becoming more 'real' for me, ie I saw being a Christian was more about having a relationship & friendship with Jesus who accepted me where I was at, flaws and all, as opposed to just rocking up to church each week and living a goody2shoes life. To me, life makes more sense that way.

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  4. I grew up in a Christian family, went to a Christian school, church, etc. But like Emma, it wasn't until about my teens that I accepted it for myself. It's not a bunch of rules and do's and don'ts, for me it's about my relationship with God. And by relationship I mean that I talk to Him (pray) and He even answers. He gives me peace when I need it, strength to get through a household of sick kids while being sick myself and with hubby away... Yeah, God's pretty cool like that :)

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  5. Oh! And I should mention that it's not a choice between science and religion... my husband is a Christian AND a scientist :) Finished his PhD 2 years ago. Is currently at a work conference!

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  6. Thanks Emma and Alyce.

    I really appreciate the fact that you are sharing your beliefs with me.

    Alyce, I didnt really mean it to sound like it was one or the other... I was having trouble wording my whole post...

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  7. I grew up in a Christian family but I didn't really make the decision to be a Christian myself "all in" until I was 18. You can read more about my faith over at my blog - I recently did a page about it.
    I must admit that I really hesitated to do that because I don't like being stereotyped or "put in a box" because of my faith. I like people to get to know me for me rather than assume that they know what I think about stuff.
    For example I recently read your post on being angry about the treatment that politician was giving homosexuals (I forget who it was) I was in a hurry so didn't make comment but that also made me really really angry.
    In my Christian beliefs I believe that we should not treat people like that - I believe that we are called to love everyone. Period. The end. Prejudice of ANY kind makes me really mad!
    Kind of went off on a different tangent but hope that helps. I guess you could read my page if you want to know more :)
    xx

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  8. I like Sif's beliefs... I never heard of post-dualist paganism but it sounds very interesting to me. I think I kind of believe that too!

    I was raised Catholic, but I haven't believed in 'God' for a very long time. As long as I can remember, actually. BUT, I do believe in faith. I respect all religions as a result. Very much. x

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  9. I am simply echoing Emma, also an Anglican - however I rarely go to church as my experience with church goers has been at best disappointing. Recently a friend whom I have loved for a long time turned her back on me because I mentioned that I was re-evaluating my ideas about halloween. She ( a born again christian) felt it was unGodly and lectured me and sadly cut off from me.....But I love God . Like Emma, I feel that it is about having relationship with Jesus and He provides the best anti anxiety pill ever - being able to hand over my worries to Him and let it all work from there is freeing to say the least....Yep, faith is my life blood.

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