Friday, September 24, 2010

Spin Cycle--Religion

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The Spin Cycle is Religion.  Not an easy one to write about really.  I've read and studied lots of the history of the Catholic church and the Protestant movement.  It's given me some questions and I've had to find my own answers.  Studying Geology has cast more doubt on Religion for me.  And I have come to the point where my belief in God is separate from my feelings on religion.

Here are some of my thoughts on religion:
  • Religion would be wonderful if not for some of the people who "believe".  I spend all my growing up years going to church and was around so many people who talked the talk but most definitely did not walk the walk.  It's hard to feel close to God and appreciate going to church when the drama that should be confined to school (or not even happen at all) follows you there.  I had lots of difficulty with one particular girl.  She was mean, spiteful, vindictive, and even sometimes friendly when it suited her purpose.  I tried to ignore the trouble she caused but having to be around her at school and church made ignoring everything a bit hard.  And everyone else saw her as wonderful.  Such a good christian girl. Yeah, right.  I know that watching her antics and being the brunt of her jokes and meanness soured me on church.  If that was a good 'christian', then I wanted little part of a church going christian life.  I can do much better on my own.
  • My mother taught me that a person can be Catholic, Jewish or Protestant and still believe in God, but did't need to be one or the other to believe.  I don't try to preach about how I believe in God to anyone.  How you believe is not as important as the fact that you believe.  And I do believe in God, I'm just not so sure about the bible--a guide to good living yes, straight up truth, maybe not so much.
  • I'm not currently practicing any specific religion, mostly I hold my own beliefs.  If Turbo or later Bruiser get invited to Church by a friend I have no trouble letting them go.I just haven't found a good church in my town that I feel comfortable going to.
  • I have family that this disturbs but I need to find my own feeling of comfort from what I believe and I don't think church provides that.  I had an aunt who was talking to Turbo and got awfully upset when Turbo told her Jesus died but he didn't think he came back.  She talked to my mom and mom talked to me.  I told mom that he hadn't gotten that from me.  I've talked to Turbo but we really haven't stressed the idea of religion with him. We can get more indepth with him later.
Well there are some of my thoughts on religion.  Go see Sprite's Keeper for more spins on religion.

5 comments:

Sprite's Keeper said...

I completely agree. I never understood why some people could be seen as so pious yet could pull the meanest punches. There's one in every congregation, it seems.
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Stacy Uncorked said...

Great Spin, Vandy! I'm right there with you on not having found a church in my area that I feel comfortable with. Mostly because the few I've tried had the same issues you mentioned, with people talking the talk but not walking the walk.

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Pseudo said...

I agree about the talk and the walk. It is what turns me off going to church. I get irritated from the pious making mean, critical, and judgmental talk in the name of their faith.

shortmama said...

I have the same trouble with church! And living in a small town doesnt help!

Raven said...

I agree with you on religion. I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, "Jesus, save me from your followers!" and it cracked me up. There were a lot of people at my church who didn't walk the walk either.

My family is very disturbed by my religious choice and I know my mom prays all the time that I'll come 'back' to the Catholic church. lol

Have a great week!

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