I've gone to church my whole life.
Ever since I was born, my parents took me to church week after week.
I believe in God, and I think of myself for the most part as a spiritual person.
Between my father being a Baptist Christian and my mother being one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I've learned a lot about Christianity.
The thing I learned the most is that there are even contrasts in religions that fall under the same category.
That always makes me wonder if organized religion is the right thing. There's just so many of them.
I don't see the point of organized religion if a person already has a sense of spirituality. Religious rules and regulations take away from a person's ability to find their own answers.
There are many different religions in the world. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, there are at least 21 major religions and countless minor ones in society today.
That's way more than 21 different paths someone can take, and many don't know which way to go.
Quite often, those who believe their way is the right way will fight to the death to defend their beliefs.
I was always taught to love your fellow man, but there are people worldwide fighting wars with people who would, if not for their slight differences in religious beliefs, be brothers, living side by side in peace and harmony.
Anyone should have the right to practice any religion they want, even if that religion is no religion.
But more often than not, people want to argue about why their religion is right and why it's wrong to believe otherwise.
I know plenty of people that put on a holier-than-thou personality and have never actually even read a Bible or any other religious document.
I've read the Bible. More than once. And to me, there's nothing worse than that person who knows like two or three passages and assumes it makes them a junior priest.
If you're going to stand up for something, do your research and learn the answers before you open your mouth.
Like I mentioned earlier, I grew up with a mother who is one of Jehovah's Witnesses and is very active. Because of that, I never really celebrated any holidays, birthdays or anything like that.
It never bothered me because I know the reasons behind it — and now that I'm older and I make my own decisions, I still don't see the point.
A lot of my friends who celebrate holidays such as Christmas and Halloween can't tell me the origins behind them or even the real reasons people began to celebrate in the first place.
Does that mean I'm going to beat them over the head with that information? No. To each his own, and let's hope we live in harmony for it.
Some of my friends only celebrate some holidays because they learned them in the church and now it's second nature. They don't really know why they do it, they just do.
I have many friends who identify as homosexual, and who had trouble identifying with any Christian denomination because, according to the Bible, homosexuality is wrong.
But also in the Bible, you are taught to love your fellow man. So the hate coming from organized Christianity is contradictory to how we should feel. It's all one confusing mess to me.
As far as I've seen, any religion where you are forced to go to church or involuntarily donate funds is contradictory. The desire to want to learn about God should be a free endeavor.
Churches and other places of worship tend to have a negative impact on how people see each other.
There are many different ways to find your god. There is no one right answer.
The only answer is the one you feel works in your life.