Wednesday, March 12, 2008

finding my religion

I'm not a religious person (was raised catholic but do not practice) but I do believe in God and feel his spirit in my own way. In my opinion organized religion is an institution of conditions that makes me feel like shit when I deviate from their set standards. And I really don't enjoy feeling like shit, especially on Sunday.

It's ok if I don't "belong" to a church or have ties to any doctrine of religious beliefs especially when I view them as judgments passed on from those who don't necessarily practice what they preach. Just look at the scandal in the catholic church with all those sickwad priests. I know it's not ALL of them but that pretty much turned me sour especially since the higher ups in the church desperately tried to cover them up. Yeah, that's who I want guiding my moral actions. No thank you.

So, I've decided to come up with a list of my own beliefs (not rules or conditions) for re-inventing my faith in the spirit. I think that's what I'm going to call my new religion: Faith in Spirit.

You're welcome to join. It's open to all. 

Here's what it takes to be a member:
  • Be Kind. Be Honest. Be True to Yourself.
  • Accept others for who they are, don't try to change them.
  • Avoid toxic relationships, don't just turn the other cheek, it's ok to end them.
  • Smile whenever you see a dog. (Ok so I'm making this one a rule.)
  • Give for the sake of giving, not in hopes of receiving.
  • Help others who are in need.
  • You don't have to love your enemies, save your love for those who deserve it.
  • Treat all animals with respect.
  • Respect our earth and appreciate nature.
  • Realize that money and material things do not equate to personal fulfillment or success. 
  • Strive for peace in your heart and home.
No need to worry about going to hell if you:
  • Take the Lord's name in vain. Sometimes it's really the only thing that makes you feel better and God loves you and would want you to feel better.
  • Have pre-marital sex. What if you never meet the right person and never get married? Should you sacrifice the enjoyment of sharing your God given sexuality? Nooooo. Go have fun. But avoid adultery.
  • Indulge (or even over-indulge) in alcoholic beverages. After all, it was Jesus who turned water into wine for all of his faithful followers. (Could you imagine if he were alive today? He'd be the hit of every party.)
You have the right to:
  • Make decisions regarding the welfare of your body. You only get one and no one else should govern what you can and can't do with it.
  • Pursue your passions in life. Don't ever let anyone else tell you different.
  • Leave an unhealthy marriage. You are not a sinner in the eyes of God. You are just human.

That's all I have for right now. I have a bunch more swirling in my head but I have to get some real work done!


Anonymous said...

Seriously. If you were a guy, I'd marry you. :) I was raised greek orthodox and the past year has been a struggle spiritually. I've finally found a happy medium. And I agree with you 100%.

Anonymous said...

I like all of these as well. I especially don't like it when men want to govern and decide what a woman can/can't do with her own body!!

ChiTown Girl said...

Holy moly!!! I'm completely on board with this one. Just more proof that we're Soul Sistas!!!! Love you!

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Anonymous said...

Where can I sign up? These are great.

??? said...

I printed this and have your 'beliefs' tacked up on my cube. I also forwarded this to people in my office who really need to get a clue.

(Shyt. They may be reading this comment so I'm going to keep it anonymous.)

carrie lea said...

Can I join? I come from the same background, raised Catholic, but no longer consider myself Catholic. And I'm reading A New Earth, which is teaching me lot and lots!!

Little Miss Matchmaker said...

Hillarious. OMG I love it!!!!! :)

Carol said...

Love this whole blog, you are right on girl!!!!

XO Carol