Sunday, 18 March 2012

Jesus Freaks R' Us?

Happy New Year guys!

Have an open mind for this post.

Religion is such a touchy subject. People tend to get really defensive
when you talk about their beliefs negatively. I won't say I get mad,
but I will admit not being pleased when someone once said something
awful about the things I believe in.

What's your religion? I'm a Christian. I won't lie, I'm probably a
Christian ONLY BECAUSE my parents are Christians. They did the whole
baptism thingy, then I got confirmed after months of boring classes.
The highlight of my Confirmation was the party they had for me. Aren't
I just awful? Shouldn't I have been ecstatic that I was finally a full
child of God or whatever it is that is symbolic of a Confirmation?

I have an ex-boyfriend who's Muslim. We had a few conversations about
his religion and mine. Thing is, he used to go to church, and he
believed, then he began to study Islam. Well that's what he said. I'm
sure he just read a coupla (verses??) In the Quran and thought he had
it all figured out. Well anyway, he decided he'd opt for the
religion that requires you to pray 7 times a day in a particular
direction. That's all well and good.

His argument was he knew about both religions and had chosen the one
that made more sense to him. I didn't have a reason. I was simply born
a Christian. My only knowledge of Islam is from JSS, during Religious
and Moral Education, where half the time, my mind was a million miles
away. Oh wait, except for that one time where the teacher pissed his
pants. I couldn't miss that.

Now is it just me or are Catholics really short-tempered when you
question their practises? I didn't know anything about them till I got
to St Roses (cassava anyone? -_-). Maaaaan. I thought they were the
weirdest bunch of people ever! We had specific prayers for everything.
At three particular moments every day, we had to stand still like
robots and recite the Angelus. I really didn't see the point. And when
Pope John Paul died? My kness still haven't recovered from the number
of times we had to kneel down and get back up again.

Like any other person, I had my questions. There were times they'd put
a veil on the statue of Mary, then we'd go around the school [holding
candles] reciting some type of prayers, if my memory serves me right.
As usual, I tried to use that time to crack jokes. The knock I got
from a Nun wiped the stupid grin from my face. Those people are really
sneaky :|

Sooooooo, I'm not trying to be controversial or anything but another
thing I don't get about Catholics is why Priests stay bum-sexing alter
boys. Like, that's the ultimate sin in my book. Sodomizing +
Fornicating? Whooooooo!!! you're a very bad boy! Some Catholics will
deny this. If that helps you sleep at night, then by all means, deny
away. I know pastors and leaders of other types of denominations get
up to some sinful i-know-im-going-straight-to-hell typa stuff, but
those almost always end up in the newspapers!!!

I watched this documentary on Crime & Investigation where they talked
about the Catholic church and how it just let's Priests get away with
crimes. If you're homophobic and you want someone to blame, blame
Priests who sodomize little boys! I bet that's how a whole bunch of
them became gay- my opinion -_-. But yeah, instead of the Priest
paying for his actions, he's shipped off to some other place where
there are fresh buttocks to partake of.

'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons' do Catholics no justice.
Lol never try watching those with one. Big mistake. They get angry at
every scene!

Ever been at home or in your hostel room, and people come a-knocking,
wanting to talk to you about God and how much He loves you? I avoid
these people as much as possible. It's my point of view that the load
of these 'Jesus Freaks' are the most hypocritical of people out there.
I know this pastor who'd have things to do with different girls, and
whenever there was a crusade or an all-night service, he'd go with the
only he had recently fornicated with. LOL obi a soma wo? Tsk tsk.

I've grown up with so many different types of people around me. My
childhood bestfriend is now atheist and I've had so many people tell
me "I don't know about religion anymore. I have too many doubts and
too many questions, so I'd rather not have a religion"- I understand
them.

What's your religion? Do you believe in everything you've been told
and taught? Do you have any doubts? What makes you think that YOUR
religion is the right religion? IS THERE a 'right religion'? Do you
think that maybe religion is so popular because of our natural need to
be guided, to be forgiven or to be loved? Religion provides a sense of
belongingness, a safety net.

I'm at that point where I'm deeply confused. Religious people are
gonna tell you "you just have no faith". I can bet my last knickers on
the fact that a bunch of you are judging me. Wait, isn't that a sin
though? Now you have to pray for forgiveness. And the cycle continues
:p

Religion is just complicated.

Here are a few quotes by some famous people:

Faith means not wanting to know what is true. — Friedrich Nietzsche

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the
point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. —
George Bernard Shaw

All thinking men are atheists. — Ernest Hemingway

Do you agree with any of these? Are you struggling in your faith? I
am, and I'm not afraid to say so.

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