I consider myself to be about as atheistic as one can get. I was raised Catholic, and went through the normal steps from Baptism to First Holy Communion to Confirmation, but soon after Confirmation my faith began to wane. I experienced the suicide of several friends and classmates, and subconsciously decided that in my mind God could not exist. It was like one night I went to bed religious and then the next day I rose as a completely new person, one that didn’t believe in anything he had ever been told in his extremely religious education.
I want to know why religion hasn’t remained a large part of my life. Almost everyone in my immediate and extended family are religious and have instilled in me religious ideals since I was very young. This might be part of the reason; these so called religious people, with their racism and perpetual discontent with seemingly everyone did not seem very religious to me, and I believe that pushed me away as well. I find that despite not being religious I still help others as much as I can, volunteering at the senior center, food bank, and my old elementary school. I try to be the best person I can be in every situation, and yet I am still not religious.
My first main question, then, is what makes a religious person a religious person, and a non-religious person a non-religious person? Can I be religious despite not belonging to a faith? Am I spiritual but yet not religious? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_but_not_religious). My second question I ask myself quite often is why, despite being surrounded by religion my entire life, have I turned away? I would love to hear all of your comments on this topic.Tags: life religion spirituality