Within my post the Meaning of Life, I allude to my reason for writing it. I will now go more in depth. As anyone who knows me and my views, I am forever talking about knowing yourself. Knowing who you are is the key to knowing what you want, knowing what is truly important to you, and knowing what kinds of people you want in your life. I also talk about religion in the post. I do so in such a way as to get people to think about religion in a different way. I am not trying to get people to totally question their beliefs. What I want people to do is to think about why they believe the way they do.
Do you believe the things you do because they are things you have thought about and came to those conclusions? Are you like most people that believe in things because you were taught to believe them? I don’t judge you either way. I do, however, encourage you to look deeper into your beliefs. If you believe in a religion or cause, shouldn’t you know a lot about it? If you don’t know much about it, then what do you believe in really?
I, personally, am not going to say that I believe in something without knowing what it is. Christianity, for example, is something that I was exposed to early on. I was “saved” at the age of eleven, but didn’t really know what that meant. I was taught that I would now “go to heaven”. As the years went by, I started to wonder what it was really all about. I delved into the Bible like never before. I studied it relentlessly, using the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. I studied history on the origins of the Bible, and I used pure logic. I studied many other religions as well. I’ve read and/or studied the Necronomicon, the Quran, the Sepher Yetzirah, the Satanic Bible, the Books of Mormonism, the Kabbalah, Wicca, Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism, and a few others. While many of these are similar in belief sets, rules, or faiths, some of these are quite different. None of this is really relevant to my point, however.
My point here is that you really know your faith or religion. Get to know more about it — where it comes from, why it exists, how long it has existed, and anything else you can possibly learn about it. Once you know these things, you can know if you truly believe or not. You will know it because what you choose to believe in feels right to you. If it doesn’t feel right, then you should really look into changing your faith. You can’t just believe in it because the rest of your family does, or your friends do. I mean, you can, but that isn’t really belief is it?
Now we’ve come full circle. The reason I wrote the Meaning of Life is so that people would question their beliefs enough to look into them deeper. It was not my intent to make people abandon them completely. If that is what happened, then your beliefs were not all that strong, were they? Again, knowing yourself is a huge part of knowing what you believe in or stand for. How can you stand for something if you don’t even know who you are or what you believe in?
I added links to the religions and books that I mentioned earlier for your convenience. Feel free to use them to learn more.
I beg you to look into all your beliefs, not just those of a religious nature. I will touch on other topics of belief in future posts. Until then… live, learn, and grow!