I have been trying to wrap my head around my faith, and how I so strongly maintain it regardless of how much I stray from religion and into reason.
I was raised Catholic, and was quite a good little Catechism student. I received all the Sacraments (even Anointing of the Sick) and I volunteered in the Church. I was comforted by the rituals, but, more importantly, I was introduced to my Father, God, and my brother and pal, Jesus and all my friends, the Saints and beautiful Mother Mary. There were all these people in my corner, yo.
And, let’s not forget Heaven, where all of our Dearly Departed get to hang out and watch over us and wait for us for when our number is up.
So, there were instant rewards for believing. Lots of buds and everlasting fun with our loved ones that we are now missing.
On the other side, if you don’t believe, you don’t make it to the cool place. You go to a bad place, I guess.
I was really good with this arrangement for a while, until I wasn’t.
I mean, I still believed and all, I just didn’t want to follow their rules.
Was that weird?
I am still 100% OK with my FAITH, but I think the RELIGION is too restrictive and old-fashioned.
I totally understand that religions have the right to have any rules and regulations they deem proper.
But. as a member of the “flock,” I just don’t see how it applies to reality any more.
Sometimes, the actions and desires of the people have to drive policy, even if it is religion.
Actually, ALL THE TIME that should be true, otherwise we are talking about some kind of dictatorship.
What would I change?
Lustful thoughts no longer a “sin” (yes, you can confess whatever you want, but this is a NORMAL thought!)
Masturbation no longer a “sin”
Homosexuality no longer a “sin” or an “abnormality”
Same sex marriages (hey, this is my ideal religion)
STOP the pro-choice/pro-life debate. EVERYONE is pro-life. Sometimes, people have abortions. That is their choice. That does not make them ANTI-life now. YOUR legislation OR harassment does NOT belong in their uteri!
Married priests and nuns. This includes same-sex marriages :)
I suppose, with divorce so common nowadays, it may have to play into the religion as well? I have had 2 myself…and had to have the first marriage annulled so I could be married in the Catholic Church again. Now that I am “just” divorced and not annulled again, I feel somehow not completely welcome in Church. I went through that last time as well.
Perhaps if religions could get themselves into the current age and help their participants feel less stigmatized for being normal, healthy human beings, they would again see an INCREASE in their attendance, instead of more and more people leaving? Just a thought.