‘Religion is something people invented to make them feel better about death’
‘Religious people are naive’
You might have heard something along these lines before.
If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that I’m a Christian. Recently, though, I’ve been struggling with it and I’ve had a lot of thoughts and questions running around in my head.
No matter how many times someone says to me, “God feels your pain” or “Lean on Him”, I still find it hard. This is coming from someone who, a few weeks ago, felt like they were in a good place with their faith and was taking steps forward and getting more involved. It’s not easy to have faith; it’s actually really difficult. Imagine putting all of your trust into something (someone) that you can’t see. Imagine relying on a single book – a big book but still, only one – for guidance about the situations you encounter in your life.
Despite everything that I’ve experienced in my life – and seen in others’, I’m still finding it hard to get myself back to the place I was in before. Even though it’s beginning to affect other areas of my life, I don’t feel motivated to try and understand my situation and look to God for help. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in Him; I believe that He’s responsible for placing me where I am now. It’s just to say that being religious is not just a label. It’s not just about believing in the existence of a higher being. It’s not naive. Religion is hard and it requires so much trust and effort in the same way that a human relationship does.
I feel that it would be wrong to end this post with no reference to the recent events. I don’t want to go into specific detail – because, if I’m being completely honest, I haven’t been following the news as closely as I probably should. What I really wanted to say is that it’s easy to get caught up in the blame game. The media know what they’re doing when they portray certain groups in certain ways or use particular words and photos to report a story. It’s so important to truly educate yourself on an issue before you can confidently make claims about it, otherwise, you’re essentially just making uneducated assumptions. With so much terror happening in the world, it makes no sense to add hatred on top of that. Go out and speak to people, educate yourself on what they truly believe and don’t let negative portrayals in the media or stereotypes and biases cloud your judgement.
I hope this makes sense – I don’t plan on reading it over. Hope everyone has/had a great Sunday!