I don’t understand religion. I was raised a Baptist. My dad used to be a preacher. I still go to church with him almost every Sunday. I just don’t get it though. I’ve always been told that our religion is right and every other religion is wrong, but isn’t that what everyone thinks of their own religion? I mean, people KILL because they can’t agree on what happens after you die. How can someone blindly accept something with no proof? I don’t actually know what I believe in. I know I believe in human thought but is that all there is? I’m totally lost here. I WANT to believe in something but I just don’t know of anything that I find plausible enough for me to turn my life over to. I saw a rant earlier about how we would all just be terrible people if there was no religion to force us to be good because it “doesn’t really matter,” but I don’t really agree with that person. I like to think of myself as a decent human being (but don’t we all) with or without a religion. I think human beings should just be nice and kind and try to help each other out. Why can’t we just make life suck a little less? Why does there have to be some sort of reward in order for me to go and buy someone lunch or babysit my neighbors kids while she takes a day to herself? Why can’t I just donate food to my local food drive because I hate the idea of people not having a meal to eat? Is it so hard to believe that maybe I just want to see people around me happy without thinking that some higher being was in charge of that? Maybe I’m just trying to make someone’s day a little better. But no, instead, we have religions. People killing people because their god told them to. People not interacting with each other because they’re afraid of what the other person believes. Students being discriminated against at school because they don’t believe in what everyone else believes in. Families falling apart because they interpret the same Bible differently. Parents punishing children for wanting to go to a different kind of church with one of their friends.
If religion is something that makes you happy and brings peace to your mind, by all means, you practice that religion until the day you die. But please don’t hate me because I don’t believe in what you believe in. I promise that I’ll still be kind to you if you’ll still be kind to me. Don’t make someone else’s life hell because you want to get into heaven.