So I found myself in a bit of a debate this evening, which was based around bringing children up in the religion of their parents vs. letting them choose.
I was sort of debating for letting the child learn of all options before letting them choose, whereas the other person didn’t want to let children go to hell for not believing in Jesus, which is fair enough.
Now, I made it very clear that I respected this person’s beliefs, as well as their opinion, but I made it very clear that I didn’t think that enforcing it upon younger minds was not okay with me. I had to point out that I was neither religious or Atheist, but someone who is non-religious.
But this discussion got me thinking, and I really want to share this with people.
But I wanted to establish why I’m not okay, personally, with all religions, including atheism.
I want to make it clear that I respect everyone’s beliefs. I usually don’t even worry about them. I’ll touch on this more with Atheism in a moment.
So I like to think of myself as a good person. Not in the sense that I’m good at things, but that I do good, proactively, for the world around me. I’m a disability support worker, where I care for children with disabilities. I volunteer at the children’s hospital where I read books to sick children, etc. I’m trying to start a non-profit organisation. And I do a lot for other people. All the time.
I don’t do these things to feel better about myself. I do them because I can, therefore I should.
And I just feel… deflated, thinking about how, even I’m the best possible person I can be all the time, almost none of the religions would accept me into their equivalents of ‘heaven’. And that saddens me that even though I could become a saint, and devote my entire life for the betterment of the world, because I was doing it for the world as it is now, and not for my eternal soul, somehow that means I’ll go to hell, because I didn’t do everything while feeling a certain way about some holy text.
And I find that I don’t want to be a part of anything where that’s okay.
And as for Atheism, I feel it is a religion of its own, of sorts. They try and force their beliefs just as much as religious people. Those who don’t believe me could head over to /r/atheism. And I am not this. I am happy with people believing whatever they want. It has no impact on me, and I have no place to tell you you’re wrong.
So I just ignore it. The whole religious scene.
None of my business, the whole thing, unless people suggest I should bring up my children as Christians, apparently.