Far, far, far too much of religion resembles a gigantic shame-producing machine.
And now I feel like my identity has been shattered into a million pieces. Life is a lot easier when you can rest in simple beliefs and stories.
I tried to do that. I tested the waters of faith, and found them to be icy cold.
I really, really hoped that much of my problems could be solved by trusting in God, by restoring my lost faith.
And all I found was disappointment, for I again felt out of place.
I think you can only fake it if your heart really is in the enterprise. And my heart really was not fully there.
The constructs of good religion would be the opportunity to enjoy empowering friendship to start with, and then the impulse to be a more engaged planetary citizen, demonstrating the utmost care and concern for all.
Instead what you get is this insular movement that is concerned about its particular unique system of beliefs about the afterlife, which attempts to create as many adherents to its particular style of practice as possible. By-and-large, these movements tend to attract a fairly similar demographic of personality styles (with the odd difference here and there), so in the end it is little more than a club of mutual interest.
One of my present contentions with faith in God is that far, far too much is asked of me, which really seems unfair – a God of infinite love and benevolence naturally would be the one to carry the weight of responsibility towards finite creatures.
If you frame this relationship in terms of the parents of a baby, then you see that there is little to no expectation on the child to do anything to receive the love of the parents. There is not even a need of response for the parents simply pour out love to the child, who gladly receives it.
If I was aware of such love, like the child I would gladly receive it. And it’s not like I turned away from the opportunity either, and it’s not like I’m doing so now. I stand perplexed, neither believing nor disbelieving, really just disappointed that I couldn’t get what I wanted.
So now I don’t really have faith as a big part of my life, and neither do I have any real sense of the spiritual, and really just trying to work out what it is that I want for my life.
I guess this might just be another blog silence.