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Nov. 15th, 2003

This was prompted by the discovery that cute boy from Russian class is a Jehovah's Witness. I'd never heard much about this religion, other than the time that my best friend's mother argued with two Jehovah's Witnesses who had come to the door. So, I did a little research, and it lead to some contemplation...

I'd like to say that I fit neatly into a category, or a religion. Truth is, ever since I was 11 or so I haven't really considered myself one thing or another. The past few years I've given some serious thought to what I believe, and I think I've come up with something that works for me. I've mentioned some of this in the past, which is why this is behind a cut, so you can ignore it if you want. :)

I believe that there was and possibly is a creator or god or something like that. The universe started somehow, and I believe there was a higher power that started it all. I don't think this higher power has direct contact in all of our lives, though. I think that our lives and the paths of history are lined up like dominoes with various branches off of all of the lines, and we can help sort of guide which branches go and which don't. The higher power or what-have-you may have some influence over those paths, too, but not ultimate control. Our lives can be used to decide which way we want the dominoes to fall. As far as fate goes, that may just be the ultimate destination of some of the paths. Some of the paths may diverge and then converge on the same point at a later point, as laid out by the higher what-have-you. But it's still possible to avoid those convergences - nothing is fool-proof.

After this life, that's probably it. We live this life and leave behind our influences on various paths, and that influence continues on long after our lives end. But I don't think there's really anything as far as an afterlife goes - heaven or hell. I really almost wished that I did believe in an afterlife, because it would make dealing with death so much easier, but I think that may be why various religions created the idea of afterlives - to give comfort to those left behind.

Regarding other religions and things like homosexuality and abortions, I think that that's up to each person to decide for him- or herself. Religion is not something that should be forced onto another person, nor are ideas about how to live one's life. So long as a person makes a positive influence on the world, big or small, how that person lives his or her life is not really anyone's business.

I wonder, maybe I have the beginnings of a religion here...? :)


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Nov. 15th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
I guess that would make you more of a spiritual person than a religious one. Which is kinda where I am. I haven't found any organized religions that don't turn me off in one aspect or another (generally having to do with their ideas concerning women and/or nonbelievers). Meh.

~me :*
Nov. 16th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
I've given a lot of thought to what 'religious' means and what 'religion' means. In a lot of ways (at least where I grew up) it combines spirituality, faith, and morality into a set of beliefs that affect your daily life and the decisions you make. (Very inadequate definition, but... yeah.)

I would say that I am also spiritual (I am technically a polytheist of some sort, though I do not worship anything or anyone), and I have various faiths and beliefs. My morality is based on Taoism and Bushido, though. I don't know if this makes me religious or not.

At the very least, when someone asks what religion I am, I find it very difficult to answer concisely.
Dec. 5th, 2003 12:38 am (UTC)
something to ponder
I am praying that one day you will see the light, that the triune God is the one true God, maker of heaven and earth and that if we believe, we shall have eternal life. Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. Just believe!
Apr. 2nd, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ahhh dear....
This is a retroactive blog comment...

I had many such problems when I was in high school. The two
people I asked out were BOTH Baptist and, being dense, it took
me several weeks to figure out why I would never "get a call back."

One of them was really cute, too. So cute she spoiled me to the point
that I didn't even bother asking people out for 7 years. I spent
a lot of time frowing and looking out the window wishing things
had been different. I thought a lot about religion and myself during
that time and I did come to a few conclusions but they are mainly for
my amusement...

Thankfully, the nice thing about baptists is that they have a tendancy
to stop being baptist and after 8 years I was finally able to ask
the cute one out... And we are very happy :).

...The Dustin...
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