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Those people... .____.

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 15, 2012, 11:29 PM
Those people that think;

Going to a house of worship to worship makes me a part of that religion automatically!
Just the act of praying makes me religious!
Just saying that I'm a part of this religion makes me religious!

No. No. No. Just no. Stop it. Just stop it. >_____>

Let me just say here. I am atheist, so maybe I really don't know how religion works, but aren't I correct in that it's the belief that makes someone religious?
Clearly, just going through the motions, and doing what someone tells you is right or what you should do, is not necessarily believing what you are preaching.

You gotta practice what you preach. Your religious beliefs have got to matter to you more often than just that the day you go to church or temple or mosque or any other building of worship.
And you gotta actually believe it and be committed to it. Going to church but not really believing in the religion and thinking that makes you religious is like saying putting on a unicorn costume makes you a unicorn. Doesn't make sense does it?

I mean, if my parents were say Christian and made me go to church, I wouldn't believe a single goddamned thing I was saying or hearing. And no amount of going to church would make me believe anything. Clearly this is hence why I am not Christian! Because I don't believe in it! What is the point of pretending to believe in something that you don't?

True belief is about yourself. It's what you think and believe, not what your church/society/family wants you to think and believe. It only involves yourself and your own relationship with your own God or other higher authority that you really do believe in. Beliefs are things that you both preach and practice on your own accord, by your own choosing. It is real to you. And that's what being religious really means. :/

  • Listening to: The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script
  • Watching: Happy Together 3 C'8
  • Eating: Ice Cream
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aoifly Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3
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BrightSummerLights Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see where you're coming from, I'm just confused by the "Just saying that I'm a part of this religion makes me religious!" one, wouldn't you have to be religious to consider yourself part of a religion?

But anyway, in addition to going to a church, praying, etc without wanting to, I've heard of people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. They might like to go to a church, meditate, etc, just to reflect on themselves, and not because they feel like they have a connection with a god or anything.
I'm agnostic, but I do consider myself a little spiritual, and sometimes I find it calming to sit by myself in a place of worship, even if I do not belong to/believe in that religion.
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soyKiwi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may have poorly worded that. In my school there are a few people that claim to be part of a religion, for just wanting to be included in a group or for attention, ie they claim to be religious but really aren't. Or, they really don't believe in that religion but because they were brought up on it since birth they just naturally consider themselves part of that religion, it's part of their identity. I guess in that case that would be a sort of gray area. And this is just a personal opinion, but to me those that "preach but don't practice" aren't truly religious. That's just in my opinion though c:

If you truly consider yourself part of a religion and truly believe in that certain higher authority and truly do your best to follow the teachings of your religion then yes of course you are religious xD My wording was bad, I'm sorry. ^^;

Mmm yes, I quite agree :) The atmosphere of places of worship can be very calming, perfect for some self-reflection, so I can understand why they would enter a place of worship when they don't really believe in the religion. The key point is that they have to understand that because they do not believe, they are not a part of that religion, but rather as you said spiritual c:
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Partial-Topaz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS. ouo
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fawnstars Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gosh lady
you are just one little ball of pent up energy

tell it how it is ;v;<3
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Noctilida Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This. All of it. ene;
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ribzi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
this is so true.
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