I’m going to hell for writing this. NOT.
Prerequisites for reading:
- An open mind.
- Belief in God.
- Common sense.
Background information about me: I grew up and still am currently with my grandparents who are very religious, especially my grandmother. I could have grown up to this age (18) extremely religious, but I haven’t. Sometimes, there are those people who can’t help but question what the hell it is that other people do. I am one of those, and I hate being very compliant. Anyway, what you’re about to read are just random bits of my opinions and interpretations of my religion (Roman Catholic). I may be wrong at a lot of things here, and I admit I know not a lot of stuff my own religion teaches me. But like I said, OPINION.
1. Religion is useless. Even those who “teach them” say so indirectly. Why? Remember those times when those who “teach” us can’t just ignore the fact that there are a LOT of religions out there? And that they say they don’t have to be Catholic/Christian to be able to go to heaven? That could mean I can be in heaven even without a religion.
2. God exists. He created everything. The Earth is not the center of the universe, literally and figuratively. The creation story is exagerrated (duh), and I believe God created everything in a systematic way. That means He built everything from the ground up. I strongly believe in this “theory” because there are still a lot of basic things we can’t explain. Also, where did everything come from? The universe itself must have come from somewhere somehow. Or Someone.
3. Heaven and hell: A giant reward and punishment system. It’s all “set up” to “reward” those who do good and “punish” those who do bad. My question is… why? Why can’t people do good because it’s their duty to do good and not because they will be rewarded in the near future?
IMO, Heaven is “where someone will be” when people remember (in a good way) someone when he/she dies. It’s a lot like being immortal, in a sense that a part of that person lives with the people who find him/her meaningful in their lives. Hell is when no one ever really cares, or that person screwed so much that people no longer want to ever think he/she ever existed.
I still believe in the afterlife though. This is just how I view things. You see, for me, being remembered matters a lot more than the fact that I may be in the heaven we all think and know. Or not.
4. The belief in God and respect for one another are enough 99% of the time. Look back to my point #3. I would love to see a world where people do things and actually care about it’s outcome and how it affects others around him/her. That, my friends, are the building blocks to everything good that follows. It is popularly known as “caring”, or as some people call it, “giving a shit” about things.
And oh, prayers. I believe the simplest and most sincere prayers work the best. I don’t really think the pattered/memorized prayers like the rosary are any different. Humans, LIKE US, composed those, so we must be able to make our own. No need to memorize anything.
5. I’m not going to hell for writing this. However, people are going going to hate me. FFS, religion is man made. Stand up for what you believe in, and not for something that has been taught to you since the very day you were born. I’m not saying we should trash religion, but at least let’s be critical about things.