What is your religion?
March 24, 2007 9:30am CST
I myself am not religous but I know a great many here on mylot are. So my question is this; which religion do you follow? and what customs and beliefs do you live by and why? I am genuinly interested in these different opinions and every response will be read and rated.
24 Mar 07
De Facto (Strong) Atheism & I'm an atheist. No God. No gods. No prayer. No church. No sin. No resurrection. No afterlife. No reincarnation. No ritual. No spell. No spirits. No superstition. No ghosts. No psychic power. Fulfillment. Satisfaction. Morality. Tolerance. Perspective. Open-mindedness. Free-thinking. I believe there is no God as much as theists believe that there is one. I am, however, open to any evidence you may have. I've been an atheist since I was twelve (about two and a half years ago), but I'm an out-of-the-closet atheist since last November, and my life has been great ever since
• United States
24 Mar 07
I'm not religious myself (let me first say that to ME being religious is being highly structured in your faith/following a very highly structured faith if that makes sense) but I am a very spiritual person...my personal path is quite Eclectic actually and is a blend of old world/school Witchcraft, Buddhism, Vodou, Native American Spirituality and Hoodoo... Why? Well I was a Chrisitian for yrs when I was much younger, I believed the bible, I believed in God, I believed in it all with all my heart BUT even as a young child I had strong Pagan beliefs (even though the term "Pagan" was one I'd never even knew existed) and even as a young child I was into very Witchy things (spell casting for example) even though i had no clue what I was doing had an actual name and so on..these things just came to me naturally...as I got older Christianity as I'd believed it made less and less sense to me but my natural Pagan and Witchy ways (though they still had no name) became more and more intense and logical to me....I left Christianity in my teens...coasted for the most part into my 20s when I met a woman when I was 26 who was a 'veteran' Witch and that was when I first ever heard the word Pagan and that was when I started on the path that eventually brought me to where I am now...I started off Wiccan but that didnt feel right either whereas the Old Religion made all the sense in the world...Long story short(ish LOL) from 26 to 28 I read, read, read, asked questions, practiced, expanded my mind on various paths by meeting various ppl etc etc and finally figured out that all the things I had already always believed, known to be true (for me) all had names LOL.... hope tht makes sense...if not feel free to ask any questions :-)
24 Mar 07
Wow. That is fascinating. The paths that lead people to religion are often more interesting than the religion itself. For some it seems to be a journey of discovery , whilst others seem to be seeking refuge from something. Thank you for your feelings. It is amazing that all the responses so far have been completely different.
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
24 Mar 07
Okay, I'll bite. I've talked about my religion several times on mylot... why not once more? =p I am a Celtic Reconstructionist, which is a type of Pagan. This means I am polytheist (believing in more than one god) and that I have a focus on personal responsibility, honor, the spiritual realm, and nature. The easiest customs to discuss I suppose are the ones that have to do with nature. Celebrating the turning of seasons is a big part of my religious practice. The Equnioxes and the Soltices are the major holidays for most pagans, though there are other holidays that fall between those. My favorite holiday is Samhain (which falls the same time as Halloween) at which time I celebrate my loved ones who have moved on to the Otherworld, and the movement into the "dark" part of the year, which will climax at Winter Solstice, the longest night. The main belief that I live by is that I have a personal relationship with my Gods. They are like friends and family to me. As a child I called my primary Goddess "Mother" before I learned her name, and I still call her "Mother" when addressing her. I feel a very strong attachment to my Gods, and it's more that relationship that is important to me than the "religion", though the religion does have significance for me as a link to my ancestors, and to my great-grandmother who first taught me of it. One of the biggest parts of my religion for me is "personal responsibility". Instead of a specific list of rules for all people, my religion focusses on dealing with the consequences of your actions, and making your own pacts with the Gods. There are particular things that I do not do because of my religion that might not apply to anyone else in that religion but me, becaust it is something between myself and the Gods.