Religion...

Ok so today I was in class and we started to have an open discussion about religion, and I came out after everyone said they were Christians, and Catholics, some Muslims, and one of Jewish faith, after it came time for me to discuss things I was awkwardly silent while they were all talking and chatting, they asked me what faith I believed in and I said, "I do not believe in God" all of the sudden all the questions were directed to me....I felt so bombarded with questions I didn't know how to handle it but I just remained calm and answered them as best as I could, stating that I grew up in a home where no body taught me the teachings of Jesus or the bible. After today I gathered a lot of information and I guess you could say I am just so confused. Every religion has their beliefs and things that they find there strength in. I find my strength with sports and playing guitar also being by myself. I never realized how special this "God" is to people like people dedicate their lives to the understanding and practicing of "God" but then I came to the realization that everyone thinks differently about various practices. So which one is correct? I really want to dig down deep into peoples beliefs and if you want to share your knowledge with me please do so. I want to get a better grip of what people are talking about for I am interested in this kind of topic now. I have not read any scripture or read the bible, I just ask that you give me a better perspective on why you believe in god and help me understand the ways of religion. You can post here or send me a private message, I am opened to learning new things about it and I appreciate it if you could help me for the next time I walk into the classroom I want to be prepared to talk and participate fully... Thanks so much and I hope you have a great day if you read this far :)

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deleted_user
deleted_user

No one religion, practice or belief is \"correct\". They\'re more like different perspectives. I personally believe the concept of religion is to give hope, as well as a sort of guide book of life to follow - kind of like laws.

I\'m not religious, but I grew up as a catholic, so if you want to ask me any questions about catholicism you can :)
AdamTyler
AdamTyler

Thank you so much I really appreciate that a lot... If It wasn\'t 1 a.m here I could probably ask you a million questions and I know that I have had some chats with you before and your a very sweet person, so thanks for being so kind an generous. I was just caught off guard today in class and now I have all these questions that my brain wants answers to haha. I will find time tomorrow to ask and you can just respond anytime you have the chance there is no rush :)
I hope everything is going well for you and thanks so much again for helping me learn. Hope to talk to you soon!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

FacePalm is right, My roommate is Pagan and she has to go through a lot of the same things in our religion class, I am a lot like you, I was raised Christian so if you have questions about that i can try to help, but I do not know what i am, my two best friends are Pagan and Wiccan, so i\'m stuck in what i actually am :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

Most of what I am going to say has been said on other comments. But I want to put my two cents in anyway.
So first off there is no \"correct\" religion for everyone. Everyone believes differently. But that also means that everyone has faith in SOMETHING. If that makes sense.
I\'m a Christian, but that doesn\'t mean I dis on others faith. You find solace, from what I can gather, in sports and music and yourself. However, other people find solace in Jesus. I know I do. This is gonna sound wicked corny, but He\'s the only one who\'s never left.

One last thing, I believe in Jesus. I know (in the way you just sometimes know things) that He died to save me from hell. Now, am I perfect? No way! But he\'s perfect so I dont have to be.

Hope that gives you some food for thought :)
AdamTyler
AdamTyler

Well thank you all for responding to this. Anna I agree with you about people finding Solace with Jesus, but how do you know which one is correct every time we have discussions everyone is like \"no that\'s wrong\" and nobody seems to find common ground. I mean don\'t people see that their are so many different gods that people believe in how do you know they are believing in the right one? I mean just because some only went to Christian churches but what if they didn\'t realize that what they actually believed was Jewish or Catholic. I mean if people would take time to acknowledge other religions maybe they could find a medium or at least see views from others perspective. I feel as though people try to defend their religion when they don\'t even know fully about all the others... It just confuses me. But I guess if people find comfort with what they believe then that is all on them.

and I have no idea what \"Pagan\" or \"Wiccan\" is I will have to look it up and study them for a little bit and I will because I am fascinated with all these beliefs now. I still can\'t decide what I would be if I were to join a church. What I do know is that church communities are very friendly and always have nice things to say :)
midnight77
midnight77

Hey Tyler, I can\'t tell you what to think or believe but I am glad you are putting so much thought into this! I think that\'s the only way you can really come to a faith that is truly your own, is by wrestling with different beliefs and asking hard questions of them and of yourself.

I get frustrated with organized religion a lot of the time, even though in a sense it\'s organized religion that signs my paycheck (I think I\'ve told you that before?). I have reasons why I like the branch of Christianity I am in, but I am by no means so dogmatic as to say that my way is the only way, or that my organization has a monopoly on the truth. What I like most about Jesus was that he looked past human appearances and social institutions to see people as they truly are . . . and that he loved and valued everyone equally, the prostitutes and outcasts and \"sinners\" just as much as the social and religious elite. You say you haven\'t studied Jesus much... if you have a Bible available, the book of Mark is a good place to get a basic idea of who he was and what he was like, and it\'s very easy to read, only about 15-20 pages.

You\'re welcome to ask me questions but what I think is not nearly so important as what you will discover for yourself by digging into different ideas and finding things out! Glad to help any way I can, though. :) Hope to bump into you online again one of these days!