I’ve recently been on a path to find my spirituality. You can read all about it here! While my journey is long and expansive, I thought I’d break some things down as to why I chose the path I did.
As mentioned in My Path To Spirituality, I was not raised in a religious household. Catholicism was the accepted religion amongst my family members, but we were not the type of people to go to church every Sunday.
When I was in college, I joined Choir, which mostly performed sacred texts in Christianity. I had a lot of fun doing this; singing is a meditative practice for me & I gained a family of singers. Upon graduating college, I lost touch with Choir, and therefore any religious aspect that might have been in my life.
At my latest employment, I was working as head teacher at a preschool in the basement of a church. My employer took me under her wing, spoke to me about the word of God, and opened my heart to the world of Christianity. I was very cautious to take this step in my life. I had learned about the ugly side of organized religion, and wasn’t sure if it was something for me. It took a while for me to accept Him into my life, but I eventually caved and pledged my allegiance.
As I continued my practice, I learned about the truths of Christianity, and how it’s values didn’t line up with mine. I knew there were injustices occurring worldwide (money greediness, pedophilia, etc); and I tried to justify them with the idea that “there is corruption everywhere”. However, the more I researched, the more I realized that these injustices were the result of a broken system that has been washed down throughout history to sugar coat these injustices. I will later do an article that explains historically how Christianity came to be, and how it is still used today to justify acts of violence.
For these reasons, I realized that I could not pledge my loyalty to Christianity. A God who justifies raping and pillaging on the basis that He is the one true leader, rather than respecting everyone’s individual right to practice spirituality at their own whim, is not for me.
I would like to say that I don’t believe all Christians are inherently bad people. I believe Christians today, accept this religion because it’s the most common one, and it generally tells you to be a good person. However, if you look at the history of Christianity, and you read the Bible, you may realize that these ideologies conflict.
My purpose for writing this article today is for you to question the norm. Don’t accept things the way they are just because “that’s the way it’s always been”. Spirituality is key in every single one of us. We have the right to know if we were cheated, lied to, and forced to praise a false prophet.