All tagged Christianity

I feel that I am just beginning this transition into the “second half” of life earlier than I expected. Yet, in finding that I have shed much of my identity that I developed in the “first half”, I’ve gone from the crisis phase to an embracing phase which is much more comforting.

I grew up believing that my former faith was rock solid. That faith can be certain. That faith was black and white. That faith knew all the answers to all of the questions. That faith was consistent. Yet, the more I read. The more I studied. The more I sought wisdom. The more I lived and the more I reasoned... I realized that faith isn’t any of those things. True religion isn’t any of those things.

Most are comfortable in the religion of their youth or their spiritual beginning and never consider or examine their own beliefs and look outside of that to see if what they actually believe is true. It doesn’t matter if you are intelligent or “unintelligent”, most people are satisfied with never growing or maturing in their faith. Most are never curious about their beliefs. Most are never open to other ways of viewing religion.

I realized that for 10 years of my life... and possibly longer in my younger years... I believed, internalized, and preached a dangerous, destructive message. A message that has oppressed people. A message that has caused people to take their lives. A message that as subjected people to violence. A message that has tried to change people when they can’t and shouldn’t be changed.