First things first: Feeling like such a cool kid right now, I cannot even tell you. Yayayayayayayay!
Moving swiftly along.
The MP article on religion got me thinking about my own experiences with god and belief, and how they compare to others' experiences/views.
Here's my religion timeline:
Pretty straight forward, I was born into a Hindu family. I've never ever eaten beef. I follow the festivals and customs, and I still have a statuette of Ganesh on my mantle.
5-13 Sukyo Mahikari
If you haven't heard of it, here's the Wiki. I was a full fledged, amulet wearing, "light" giving member. It's a cult. My mother got roped in by some family friends, and at age 5, I thought it was awesome. I loved the sense of community, the chanting and clapping, and the sense of power I felt once I received the amulet that allowed me to give the "divine light of god" and heal others.
A woman at my local Mahikari centre was diagnosed with cancer. She had two young sons. She chose to forgo medical treatment in favour of receiving "light" every day, and the community leaders encouraged this. She died.
I was confused, I felt betrayed by the people I trusted the most. I was trying to figure out who I was and where I fit in.
Lots of Christians tried to recruit me to the church during this time. I wanted to believe in a higher power, but organised religion seemed like such a sham.
Respectful of other people's beliefs, but unswayed by talk of faith. I don't believe in God. It's as simple as that. I'm not going to hell. I don't need to be saved. Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays won't get me a promotion. Just back off already.
I'd love to hear your stories about your experiences with faith and religion if you want to share!
Hope this wasn't too much for a first post :/