posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 02:01 AM
Seeing as how I am asking you to share with me, I will start off sharing with you.
I am only 21, but as far back as I remember, people going to church and praising a god, worshiping a book and so on, all seemed rather strange to me.
I never was forced to go to church, nor were my parents practicing Christians, so I was usually on the outside looking in, until about 7th grade, when
my parents chose to put me into the closer-to-home Catholic High School - Jean Vanier Secondary. This changed my experience with religion completely.
All of a sudden, morning prayer and reflection were forced on me, and celebration of days and occasions I didn't even know about commenced regularly.
The most influential and mind opening was Religion Class - mandatory from grades 7 through 11. In this class, hidden under the title of
"Religion/CAPP" (there was very little to do with "CAPP") I remained adamantly against religion and its stories. My teachers sought to question me
with things that were supposedly "outside" of scientific explanation. One teacher in particular, assumed she could shape our young minds by actually
chalking up reasons we should believe in god...one of which (that I have been told countless times since) was a very very crude interpretation
of Pascal's Wager, that has stuck with me from around grade 9. It never really made sense that should I choose not to believe in a deity, I would
invoke its rage and scorn - because I had been told that that deity loves you and does not hate you for those actions deemed as wrong or mistaken.
The thing I found odd is that, usually, my mark in these classes was always really high and above most of my school mates. Maybe they did not care
either way, and never really implored themselves like I did. One of the most fanatical teachers told me I should consider joining the clergy - I am
not sure that was a mature joke back then or what, but I definitely did not appreciate that comment very much.
School came and went, and my view more or less stayed the same. I usually learn alot on my own, and it seemed to me the earth, the solar system, and
the universe work quite well on their own. There is no real need for a "divine" presence to help things along. The same I felt about evolution and
our existence. Our split from primitive apes to the now modern sophisticated man *ahem* now writing this post. Nothing really seemed out of place to
I recognize something does not need to "stand-out" to be considered religious, I just feel there is no need for a god. We have a pretty solid
understanding of the workings of this world already, and this understanding gets better every day. I also know we don't know everything - I have
stated this before - and that is the point of science. Science does not claim to be this all-powerful, all-knowing, answer to the world we see around
us. It has taken a long long time to piece together the fragile model we have now, and new ideas pop up all the time which may or may not add to a
theory here, or disprove a theory there.
I have never had a "religious" experience, atleast not that I know of. I have had very surreal exotic dreams, full of wonders and creatures that I
don't see when I am awake, but I do not consider these religious. However, my very good friend, who went away to a different university than me, has
come back a born-again christian as of this year. It actually astounds me how his views have changed. He used to revel in the stories like the ones we
see on this site every day. Investigate every conspiracy, maintain a certain level of skepticism in his world-view and he surely never believed in
god, and yet, 8 months later, 1 summer later, he is a full-blown bible quoting Christian.
I am not a Christian, or a religious person, and I will most likely never be one. I just would like to know why you do or do not believe
edit: These are entirely my thoughts and opinions. I'm not presenting fact or evidence for belief/non-belief
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