â¥âªMeganâ«â¥ - posted on 06/10/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )
Ok I know you all are probably thinking FML another religious thread. Really lady are you masochistic or something? Well not really. I'm not asking for thoughts on God or if I'm doomed for Hell fire if I don't believe the one true path. Just religion in general. ANY religion though not just Christianity (because I believe a lot of us have heard a bit too much about it). Also if you could put in what country you're from or live in now that would be nice too. It could be interesting to see if geography might play a role in how people veiw religions. I'm originally from Upstate New York, but I now live in British Columbia
As for myself I've seen people use their beliefs in different ways. My ex practised Satanism and then Wicca just for the shock vaule of telling someone what he did practise. Not because he enjoyed being able to worship himself (okay he did) or because he respected polytheistic Earth base religions that pre-date Christianity, but because he liked to shock people and get attention. I feel he may still be doing it now by claiming to be a born again Christian.
My mama on the other hand feels that her Catholic beliefs and prayers to St Theresa and the Virgin Mary and her candles can help people. Either just to give her peace of mind that things are going well for her friends and family or to give someone an extra push for a new job or so the government files their paperwork faster. My mama's Catholic faith also seems to bring her some peace of mind for herself.
I've seen people use religion to dictate their lives and beliefs as well. I don't like what it seems to do to people like that because it makes them unbending and they seem less likely to question their faith. Then they seem to try and force it on others.
I feel religion (any religion) if approached properly does give some people some help or guidance. When I was in high school it did seem to help more because I felt I needed God the Saints and whomever else I could pray to to get myself through 4 years of Hell School. But now I don't feel I need it as much- maybe it's because I've grown out of it? Eh maybe that's another question to add. Anyways I'm rambling now. So I'll just stop now.