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(Semi-Sort-of-Christian-but-who-knows-really) Translation:

  • I don't go to church
  • I've probably never read the holy book(s) of whatever religion I purport to be a follower of
  • Even if I have read the previously mentioned holy book(s), I don't do anything they say, or I pick and choose the rules that are convenient for me (ie: the ones that don't affect me in any way).

Basically, I believe in some vague notion of god that I haven't really thought about really hard for fear that I might be wrong, or perhaps just because I really don't think about things that hard. I just really don't want to get screwed in the afterlife if there is one. Not that i'm saying that I have any doubt that there's an afterlife, because I don't. I'm sure god digs me though, he's always got my back, yo, because I'm certainly not someone who would deny his existance, that's for sure. Yes indeedy, me and god are good pals.

The above is something I've heard a million times in different roundabout ways.

No. I'm not religious. And i have as close a relationship to my deity as i could hope to have. I won't say i have a relationship with God, beause i don't. But the goddess and i get along quite happily. And if her consort wants to come along for the ride, that's cool too.

(Semi-Sort-of-Christian-but-who-knows-really) Translation:
Ok, since when does one have to be CHRISTIAN to be religious? Last time i checked, never.

I don't go to church
No. I don't. Generally there are no formal pagan churches. Oh sure, some exist, but they're not easily accessable to all. I worship outdoors and in my dorm with equal ease. For that matter, why does it matter, for any religion, where they worship, as long as they do? Entering a church doesn't make you suddenly pure and holy, and staying out of one doesn't eternally damn you. Worship is worship. Even Christ himself said "For where two or three are gathered together in my name,there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20). Not "For where two or three are gathered in a church"...

I've probably never read the holy book(s) of whatever religion I purport to be a follower of
I've read many other religion's holy books, at least parts of them. But as for me, my religion has no true "holy books". It's less than a century old. There are well respected books, books with guidelines and advice and many other things. No holy writ though. Books aren't the only way to learn, and they're not the end-all of literature as the world knows it. In Inherit the Wind, Drummond asks Howard if a tractor or telephone is sinful because it isn't in the Bible. He says it's only a book. A GOOD book, but not the only book, and not every word is literal.

Even if I have read the previously mentioned holy book(s), I don't do anything they say, or I pick and choose the rules that are convenient for me (ie: the ones that don't affect me in any way).
An harm ye none seems like a fairly straightforeward rule that applies to everyone, and not following that is just a lack of common courtesy towards society. That's just plain decency. And that's the summation of my rules in four words.

I believe very strongly in a very well-defined, definate version of a goddess that i've thought long and hard about, forsaking my christian upbringing for because this felt more right to me personally. I admit i could possibly be wrong, i'm human after all, but i believe i'm internally consistant, and if i've made a mistake in deity i'll accept what fate has in store for me. I know exactly my views on the afterlife, and believe in it fully.

The religious don't have a monopoly on faith, nor belief, nor spirituality, nor truth.

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