On Religion and What I Believe

what I believe

I wrote before about not knowing whether I believe in a God, in a Heaven or in any sort of afterlife.  I don’t think I do, and as much as I’d like to, I don’t think I ever will.  I was raised Catholic – Catholic School, church every Sunday (for a while)…  I learned the stories and the lessons, the things I was supposed to believe in.  But looking back now, I don’t think I ever did; there was never a conviction, an absolute faith that what I was being told was true.

But that doesn’t mean I am faithless.  There are things I have absolute certainty in – humanity, love, roses in the summer and evergreens in the winter…

I believe that even though I know the world could end tomorrow, it probably won’t.  I believe we have hundreds of thousands of years and mistakes left to make, and that humanity will keep growing.  Keep discovering.

I believe that there is love out there, however fleeting.  The love of a mother, of a brother, of a best friend, of a pet… I believe we have the capacity to fall in love a hundred times in our lives, but that’s no promise that we’ll find ourselves uttering our last words, still in love till our final moments.

I believe that in the spring, the world will bloom again – beautiful flowers and baby birds, and that in the winter we will cart evergreen trees out from the fields and into our homes to be decorated.

I believe in us, in humanity.  I believe that we don’t need an afterlife to make all of that important.  Even if we are just an accident of nature, evolution’s practice run – that doesn’t make us any less important, doesn’t mean we leave any less of an effect on the world.

I believe that we are important without any help from someone we can’t see or touch.  We are important and consequential in our own right.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08239463922130451189 Jenn Wells

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00377823857343436791 Shannon Arielle

    This is a great post! I agree with almost everything you have said! And don’t worry if you don’t know for a fact if a God, heaven, or any sort of afterlife exists. I still don’t know for sure what I believe in myself. I think that is the beauty of it all, not knowing for sure. It allows you to continue to question and grow as you move forward in life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18235057535545403273 Robin

    I’m agnostic, leaning toward apatheism (meaning that you just don’t care – you don’t actively believe or disbelieve, you simply don’t know and don’t care). I was bullied and treated rudely by Christians in the past. It caused me to lose my faith. I often believe there is some sort of God, but not the traditional religious Christian one.If there is a God, I think He doesn’t openly, blatantly appear and speak to us because He has given us the freedom to believe what we want.