I am an atheist, but it wasn't always that way. My entire life there was a constant pressure on me to accept that there was a supreme being that created all. Even at a young age I couldn’t bring myself to fully believe this. I continued grasping for straws because, just like every other religious person, I was scared of the “consequences” that would come with not believing. My Non-Denominational Christian Church promoted telling this to everyone, even children.
Honestly, I didn’t think I would continue my Judaism much after my bar mitzvah. I went to a high school where I was the only one who was Jewish, and my Judaism was not embraced. I was introduced to the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization a Jewish organization that helps people find their Jewish identity and take part in leadership activities at the beginning of my junior year. By joining in my junior year there were already friendships created, and I was confused by the whole situation. The confusion would not last long because I was soon immersed in such an inclusive and accepting environment. Sure enough, due to my immediate ambition to make a difference in this organization, I was almost immediately elected to a chapter board position. From
I am writng these thoughts and addressing it to you, Kyle, not with the intention to come to an agreement (in fact, I would be very upset if a Christian would completely agree with my point of view), but to listen what you have to say and learn from you. To get the knowledge not only about the religion, but about how people live their life, and you Kyle, are insightful, in my opinion. Although our opinions are far apart I still can tell that I enjoy listening the ideas and standards you propose.
Religion has triumphed my life over the past five years. Before truly knowing God, and finding my faith, I was insular to God and who He was. All of that changed the moment I first attended my youth group, One Student Ministries(ONE). ONE completely changed my perspective on God, and what it means to have an intimate relationship with God.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked (Psalms 84:10 NIV).
Before attending college here at Seattle University, I never necessarily thought that I would be interested in learning about religions other than my own. Throughout my life I was raised to follow the Christian faith. Everything that pertained to my life revolved around my faith. Although I do not regret
There are so many people out there that question the ways of the world. They may not agree with a neighbor, believe in a certain religion, or it may be something as simple as not understanding a math lesson. Either way, substantial or slight, we all hit a bump in
An event that made me present to stop and notice was last week. My family and I were going to do our usual Sunday routine and go to church. However, before church my mom and I got in a fight about me not getting a car for my 16th birthday. I was so mad and filled with rage that I would not come down for church. I was eventually forced to get in the car when my new phone was threatened to be taken away. When we got to church a man approached us asking for food . This is a common thing that happens in my parish because my church is located in a part of town that has poverty. However,it had never happened directly to my family and I. My mom had me run inside the church to get him a food gift card. As I handed the man the gift card I realized that
What does this have to do with my religion you might ask? How is that good, true, and beautiful to me? First of all, my church was always a great place to be during the week for mutual and for sacrament meeting on Sundays back in Oregon. Mostly I’m not good meeting new people, I thought it was going to be difficult in Arizona. But everyone greeted me with open arms and I started to see good in my life again. As I went to the new Gilbert temple and took place in the dedication, I felt one of the strongest feelings of peace I’ve had in a very long time. I started to realize my life wasn’t bad as I made new friends in high school and accepted who I am as a
The results from my summary reveal that my number one personal value is religious. I was not surprised by the outcome at all because I am very much into my religion. I love to have my own time when I can sit back and read my bible in peace and reflect back over what I just read. Leaning on the Bible gives me a sense of peace, and it reassures me that I can face and overcome any obstacles.
It was 1996. I had written a guest column for The Dispatch for a number of years when, out of the blue, the Lord gave me the opportunity to write a monthly religion column for the paper. I easily say that it was the Lord who opened this door for me because I had never heard of a religion column written by anyone other than a pastor. Yet the Dispatch took a chance on me, just another stay-at-home mommy at the time, and today, I’ve written this monthly religion column for over 20 years.
This is my journey to Catholicism, the true Church created by God! Disclaimer, I am not officially Catholic, but I wish to take you on my path to become an “official” Catholic. Here’s a little run down of my religious history…
My journey to the United States to become an engineer has changed because of the Church of Messiah. The obstacles that I have overcome so far such as always being different and working twice as hard because everyone always seems to be far ahead made me self-centered. But the road stop in my journey, which was Church of the messiah has changed my perception of life. Throughout my spiritual voyage at the Church of Messiah, I have discovered the person I now aspire to be in my future. There were a countless number of events that included a lot of volunteering from most members in Messiah which also inspired me to volunteer. I got the chance to lead one fundraiser at Messiah with my sister called Soctober. Soctober took place in October we worked
When I am not spending my time within a class room, I spend most of my time trying to better myself as a person spiritually and physically. To enhance my spiritual side, I invest my time reading books about religion, watching lecture videos or even attending a lecture at a
Growing up in a religious community, I witnessed individuals who could not tolerate faith and notions dissimilar to their own. These individuals would instigate arguments that were often designed to render their victims uncomfortable. My first true eye opening experience to these hate driven conversations was when I was returning home from church. I was pulled aside from my family by a neighbor to question my religious affiliation. She attempted to make me feel ashamed of my religion and told me I should stop going to church. She then continued the insults by telling me my parents were raising me wrong and should join the “right religion.” Never before have I experienced such ferocious dislike, during this conversation, it was difficult to