Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
"Path?" I'm out here hacking my way through the wilderness!
I said path, because not everyone here is religious or believes in a higher power, so rather than say 'what religion is everyone' i was catering to all
These posts are great btw!
I suppose seeing as i started the thread i should pipe up as well. I was not brought up as any religion. Before i knew what i was i'd attended youth groups & services in Anglican, non denominational (predominantly born again), presbyterian & roman catholic churches!! My mum isn't sure what she believes but her parents are church of england. She attended the anglican & salvos churches. My grandmother doesn't go to church for god, but for the music. My dad is an ex catholic turned 'christian'. I say that with '' because he is very contradictory when it comes to the whole judging other people etc thing. He ridicules my beliefs. His parents are roman catholic. His sis & brother in law are born again VERY VERY born again. To the point where certain everyday words, objects & people will not be allowed in their home. My uncle once went a little crazy when i was about 15, i showed my little cousins a book which showed different skulls. I said if they lived 1 million years ago, their skulls would look like that etc. He was leaning over my should & yelled 'don't show them that, we don't believe in that!!'. So er....why have that book on your bookshelf in the first place?....
I'm a strange mix. I spent a few years within a christian based youth group doing bible study & spiritual discussions, picking through the bible, i had a million questions & confusions that were never answered. 'Signs' to look out were never seen. And i noticed as the only non christian i sort of felt alienated (you don't know how hard it is to find a non religious based youth group around here). They were on a different 'plane' to me when certain discussions came up, i've experienced this in every group/church i've been to. The catholic church services were all in Hungarian lol, i went there to help my godfather set up the music & such. My fiance is an atheist. His uncle is an anglican priest, who is non judgmental of other beliefs, & doesn't bring up religion unless you do. He would even do our wedding service without the 'god stuff', yes i know, i thought that was unique too.
So i've never 'found god' or jesus in my life. Though i have had my aunt shove down my throat that one day i WILL find god, because if i don't i will go to hell. Charming. When my grandpa died in 2003, i had found out alot about him. Short story - there was a rift between him & my parents, he missed out on about 8 years of my life. So i found out he was a Freemason, the funeral was headed by a celebrant & they did their whole thing which was interesting. I became extremely wary of death & people who were sick around me. You could say i have a love/hate relationship with the inevitable. I would say i understand why people would want to believe in an afterlife, because the thought of leaving this earth, & that's it, is scary.
I dedicated myself as a wiccan (eclectic), & as there are none around here, i am solitary. Lots and LOTS of reading. I had this discussion/argument with other pagans online. Some say you need to believe in a higher power to be wiccan, others say you can view them not as literal, but as a symbol/guide. Seeing as there is a veritable plethora of pagans on this earth, i feel if viewing them as a symbol is what is in my heart, then who are others to judge? I follow the rede, threefold law, i try to stay in sync with nature & what it provides etc. I'm also an atheist. That doesn't mean you can't be spiritual, you just don't believe in god. I believe in evolution. I'm an interesting mix. I'm a skeptic yet i believe in some aspects of the supernatural.
It would take more than a page to describe my thoughts on this life.
There's my 2 cents