Technically, I’m Catholic but I haven’t been a practicing anything in a very long time. I’ve done a little bit of research into a lot of different religions, and I can’t find one that feels right. I don’t know what I believe, but I know what I don’t believe, and I figure that’s at least a start.
I don’t believe that “God” made the universe and everything in it, especially in 7 days. Give me a break. I do believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, thank you. Science has tested that theory and proven it enough times for me to feel comfortable accepting it. I’m very much one of those “gotta see it to believe it” gals. Does it mean I don’t believe in A God, or some higher power or supreme being? The jury is still out on that.
I don’t believe that Jesus was the son of “God” who was born to take away the sins of the world, and did so by dying. I suppose once upon a time there may have been a man named Jesus, but that’s as far as I’ll go.
I’m not sure what I believe about an afterlife. I believe that our pets go to Rainbow Bridge and that we do see them again. I think there’s some merit to the whole idea of reincarnation and past lives. But that would also mean that at some point you’ve learned all the lessons you were supposed to and you’re done. So then what? I don’t know.
I do know that in the very deepest moments of my depression, when I was thisclose to ending everything, I would stop and think to myself “But if I kill myself now, am I going to turn around and be reincarnated into the same hell?” Because honestly, I was 20 to 30 years into my hell at that point. There was no way in the world I wanted to come back and relive 20 to 30 more years of hell if I didn’t have to. If I could stay strong and push through and get past the depression in THIS life, then I could enjoy the rest of my time here and not have to worry about it in the next lifetime.
The flip side of this is that I did push through and find a successful treatment for the depression, at 30. So does that mean that nothing I do after 30 matters? The rest of this lifetime is just gravy? Or is there some OTHER lesson I’m supposed to learn this time around? I think there might be, but that’s a subject for another day.
I don’t believe that there is a place made of flames where the devil lives and all the horrible people go when they die. I do think there is some type of eternal punishment for the murderers, rapists, and dog abusers of this lifetime. But maybe that has more to do with the life they come back to when they’re next reincarnated. Or what their soul has to go through after this lifetime ends and before the next life starts.
I do believe in the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And for the times that you slip and forget the Golden Rule, I also believe in Karma.