A Little of This, a Little of That....

Let me start by saying this, I was raised very strict Southern Baptist.  I am a Christian.  I know that I am going to heaven.   

That being said, I do not believe in organized religion.  I have studied many religions.  All of them have something that I disagree with.  That does not mean they are wrong or I am right, it simply means I disagree with some of the beliefs.  For example the Baptist don't believe in dancing. I do!  The Church of Christ believe if you are not Church of Christ you are going to hell. I don't! Catholics believe in confession. I believe my prayers are my cofessions. This list could go on and on, but you get the point.

I like some of the ideas and beliefs of the Hindus, Buddists, Jews and others.  They make a lot of sense to me.  I like the belief of reincarnation. Basically all religions have a higher power. You insert God, or whatever your higher power is in that place and any belief system can work.

If it were up to me define my own religion, it would be like a pot luck dinner.  A little of this, a little of that, a dash here, a splash there.  With the main dishes being God, acceptance, love, tolerance and one big rule "DO NOT JUDGE!! IT IS NOT YOUR JOB!!"  

This is where I would start anyway.

Reality4Me Reality4Me
36-40, F
2 Responses Feb 22, 2009

Isn't it amazing how religion differs? I was raised baptist. We were thought to be the loose religion. The Church of God in Christ is more of a strict religion. I spent about 8 of my adult years in the Church of God in Christ or COGIC for short. After I learned more about religion I stopped going to church. I really do not know exactly what to believe at this point. But what I do know is that I do not want to be a part of any organization that takes so much time away from my family as my last church did. I'd like to belong to an organization that allows for different views and accept people's differences..... I think we should be loving to each other despite our differences.

That is amazing! It's exactly how I feel, even though I'm not Christian anymore. When you mentioned your respect for Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. you found a warm place in my heart. Everything has something to offer, and just the opposite is possible.<br />
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The potluck example is a fantastic way to describe it! As long as God (The Higher Power) is the main dish, the other things are just spice, flavor, and side dishes. How do you want it to taste? Your list is wonderful: acceptance, love, tolerance, and the One Big Rule.<br />
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I agree with you whole heartedly and offer a giant KUDOS to you for being so thoughtful, loving, and brave to have your own religion instead of conforming to someone else's.