Originally Posted by cococat
I wasn't saying you did or didn't, or attempting to compare my faith to your faith. My religion or spirituality is a non-issue in this. I was just curious in learning more about what YOU believe.
So instead of just wondering my specific questions, I asked the person that made me think them in the first place. Instead you started talking about Christianity and what you don’t believe in it. That wasn’t the point. The point was I was interested more in what you DO believe in your own faith.
If you had read my other posts you would have seen I am open minded and were not at all criticizing you or anyone else for sharing what they believe.
I believe I answered your question several times then but let's have another go. I was raised Baptist, converted to High Anglican when I married my first husband and then to Catholicism when I married my current husband (I always felt that both parents should be the same religion for the sake of children but that is just MY belief). I believe in a higher being, I believe in reincarnation (and I don't have any good arguments or data-filled information to explain why - I just do), I believe that no matter who the "God" is that you worship/believe in (Buddha, God, Jesus or whomever), if you try to be the best you can be, caring, respectful, loving, forgiving, etc., etc., (see my other post), then IMO it doesn't matter if you are referred to as a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon or anything else. I believe it is your right to practice your religion and to preach your religion in your church or place of worship. If I am interested in your religion or your beliefs I will visit your place of worship. I don't push my beliefs on anyone else or try to get them to believe that mine is the only true religion/belief. I respect their right to worship whom they please and want them to respect my right to my beliefs without badgering me to death.
My husband's brother, his wife and family practice the Byzantine Catholic religion - it's strange to me but works for them. His other brother and his wife are Christian Reform (Dutch). His other 3 siblings are Catholic but not weekly church attending Catholics although his parents are practicing Catholics.
So I suppose in summary, my beliefs are based on my experiences derived from each of the religions I've been subjected to - a sort of mish-mash and like all good humans, I picked the ones I liked.
Many horrible things have happened through history in the name of religion. I'd love to see a time come when we could all agree to just be better human beings regardless of which God we believe in.