Quoting bbbt:" 1. First, what is your religion? 2. How did your faith develop? Have you always had it ("born into it") ... [snip!] ... church/temple/etc. regularly? How often do you pray? Do most of your major life choices and decisions stem from your faith?"
1. First, what is your religion?
Generic, non-denominational christian.
2. How did your faith develop? Have you always had it ("born into it") or did it occur later in life?
Both of my parents were born and raised catholic. They both had negative experiences in catholic schools and did the minimum with my brother and me. Just the sacraments with the minimum to get us there. They didnt bring us to church. My faith developed as I had several good friends that attended church. i went with them for social reasons, but it was a solid beginning. Then, God seemed to place people in my path in life. I roomed with a born again christian at college one year and another religious person another year and then an 2 atheists. I lived in Manhattan and had to seek out christianity as it's basically underground, or so it seems at times. At that point i was Presbyterian as i really liked that church, but i followed a pastor from the presby church to a non-denominational church as he became a bit fed-up with church leadership and wanted something a bit more pure and less political. He was awesome. He could speak for an hour and time would fly by.
Then, I married a jewish man and it seems like things are on hold. I REALLY miss church and chritian community. We havent decided what to do with our daughter yet, but i think we will do both. So as to not alienate my husband, I do more jewsih traditions right now. I'm also trying to earn points so he wont mind so much when i want to practice more chistianity :-)
3. Do you ever question your faith? What sorts of things make you question it?
YES. I think it's healthy. Jesus is my Lord and savior, no question. I question personal relationships with God. At times he has seemed close but not right now. I question how active God is in events big and small. It doesnt both me at all that some things have no explanation or that there is no proof of God is a scientific sense. I'm not an airy-fairly person by any stretch of the imagination, but there are plenty of things in life that are experienced and not measurable.
4. What do you think of other religions? Do you they think they are wrong? What makes you certain your faith is the "right" one? Also, what do you think of atheism?
I think some religions are wrong. I think that within some religions there are groups that are WAY wrong. In other religions that are wrong, i think there are groups and people that are probably OK in God's eyes.
I think Chritianity is the right one as it just "is." :-)
I think of atheism has lots of different shades as does chritianity and other reigions. I think most atheists came to be atheists via oppressive and/or negative religious experiences as a kid. Like other religions, lots of those who embrace it passionately are nutjobs. In general I'm negative about atheists (not atheism) as the more vocal ones seek to destroy lots of simple pleasures that bring lots of people joy. Because we live in an expensive litigious world, very often there isnt money to fight a legal battle to protect someone elses rights. so, i'm resnetful of SOME atheists.
5. How involved in your religion are you? Do you attend church/temple/etc. regularly? How often do you pray? Do most of your major life choices and decisions stem from your faith?
I dont attend chritain church right now. I've atteended jewsih temple on high holy days. We are celebrating hanukkah right now.
I pray several times per week but not daily. Major life decisions are influenced by who i am and i dont hink I'm conscious of religion shaping my oinions or decisions.
Thanks. This was cool.