Post # 1
I know, it’s so cliche, but it’s true. I was reading some posts earlier today and it just got me thinking. I’ve never been interested in organized religion. My parents were episcopalian but never pushed it on me. I am very grateful that they let me explore different belief systems and encouraged me to find my own truths. My dad talked me into going to confirmation class "to see if I liked it" but I soon got kicked out for asking too many questions. I wanted to know how there could be a God and not a Goddess? It never made much sense to me. I’ve always felt much more comfortable with the idea of the Goddess and when I am in pain or need guidance, I call on her. What about you? Do you have non-traditional spiritual beliefs?
Post # 3
i’m not religious either, but very spiritual too:-) my parents are different religions and i was raised in one. i’m thankful for that, but started to question it. as i got older, i studied other religions. i decided i don’t really like organized religions, but i do like some of the knowledge in all religions/spiritual beliefs. i take what is important to me and just go from there.
Post # 4
I am conflicted. As a scientist, I think religion and a belief in the afterlife is our way of accepting death. However, as a mother who has lost her only child, I desperately want to believe. I never cared much for organized religion myself although I do not begrudge those who make it a central part of their life. Our wedding acknowledges a creator, the Great Spirit (half of the ceremony is Native American because of my heritage) and the Goddess. My FI’s VERY Catholic parents would no doubt think it bizarre.
Post # 5
I belive, I just don’t think you should have to go to church to prove it. I wasn’t raised in one particular religion (though my mother will swear I am methodist because she is) so I don’t really give deffinitvie answers if asked.
Post # 6
I do believe in god but I am not at all religous. I don’t believe in organized religon. I’m spiritual and believe that god is love, god is everything, god is in all of us and everything. I do not believe in the whole hell and damnation god either. That whole thing just ticks me off.
What type of officiant are you guys having marry you? We decided on a friend of the family who is also very spiritual. He attends Mayan spiritual retreats every summer and we’ve explained exactly what we want. A SHORT ceremony with our own vows and maybe a joke thrown in. Nothing dull and boring and no long, drawn out readings.
Post # 7
I am Irish and was raised strict catholic however I had so many questions which could never be answered properly. I’m very spiritual and believe all religions lead to the same path, binging us closer to the divine, whoever that may be. I believe god and goddess are male and female aspects of the one divinity which assist us in associating with the divine. I believe for me hat the only real and concrete way to see the divinity is through its manifestation in he natural world and I feel very at easy and at home in nature. I’m having worries about how to raise my little boy. Te norm here is to be raised catholic. I dont regret my own catholic upbringing as it gave me a good foundation of knowledge and an interest in spiritual matters however also caused a lot of grief and guilt about things such as sex which I now believe to be a beautiful and natural part of human nature. My fiance is atheist and has strong views on children not being raised in one particular religion before they are old enough to understand they have a choice.