I have been thinking about faith and religion a lot lately. Mostly because you guys all seem to be religious, and your faith seems to affect you a lot, because you think of it so often and make decisions based on your faith.
Would it offend anyone if I said that I have no religion? I was raised without one. My parents don’t believe in anything, and the closest “religion” they have is little snippets of Chinese superstition and traditions. We celebrate Christmas and Easter, but not with a, you know, religious tone. I’m not Buddhist or anything either, so I’m basically an atheist. Or, in the words of this card I once saw on the internet, a godless heathen.
But then, I don’t know if I really do consider myself an atheist. Or godless. Atheists believe that there are no deities, that there is no God. But I don’t not believe in God, because I can’t prove that He doesn’t exist. And anyway, I do think that there must be something, someone out there who is to be feared and respected. There can’t just be nothing. So I suppose I believe in God because I don’t disbelieve in His existence.
Then again, I still don’t consider myself a part of any religion. I believe in God but I don’t believe in God the way a Christian believes in Him. I don’t go to church or, I don’t know, pray, or read the Bible. It’s more like I believe in Him by acknowledging that he’s there and watching…does that make sense? Like, I think of Him as more of a silent figure, who is always there. And I respect Him. But at the same time I also respect Buddha, who, to me, is just as watchful and silent as God. They’re all there in my head, and I follow the laws that they’ve made. It’s mostly because to me, they are…I don’t know, things that are bigger and older and wiser and far more powerful than anything on earth, and I think everyone, even an atheist, should respect that…you know, and not think too much of themselves or try to do anything really terrible, because there will be something that will see and punish them.
So really, religion, to me, is this way of accepting that there are things far larger and more eternal than anything humans could create. It’s faith in something out there–something beyond the universe. It’s faith that something–God, Allah, Buddha, whoever–is there, watching and existing. It’s faith that you hold in your heart and let guide you into becoming a better, kinder, more intelligent, more loving person. Religion is hope, and it’s faith, and faith is what keeps people living and going–even atheists, of course, because they must believe in other things: their family, their friends, love, knowledge or maybe just the human spirit.
My ideas might be kind of unacceptable to other people. I realized that as I was just reading over what I wrote. I never intended to offend anyone, or any religion.
But I am interested to hear what other people think about it all, so if you have something to say, just comment.