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Friday 5... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
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Friday 5...
I just joined the altfriday5 and fridayfiver comms, because, well, all my friends were doing it. And if all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too? Oh, wait...

Anyway, I'll probably pick one or the other set of questions each week. This week, they're from altfriday5:

1. What religion(s) were you raised in, if any?

My mother was Methodist, my father was Baptist. I went to religious schools my whole life, including high school at a Pentecostal school. We mostly went to Baptist or intra faith churches.

2. How did you feel about those religions as a child? How do you feel about them now?

I always had trouble taking the concept of "you shouldn't question, you should just believe" seriously. How could being inquisitive be wrong? But I mostly believed until my late teens.

In my late teens, my parents were diagnosed as HIV+, and suddenly all of these people who talked about love and inclusion and support turned their backs on us. Admittedly, in the 80's, people were less educated about HIV, but this was a witch hunt. I've seen my mother run out of several churches since.

I left organized religion shortly thereafter.

3. What religion(s) do you practice now, if any?

I'd like to say none, but I'm not really sure that's true. I'd probably make a good Unitarian - I believe that everyone should find the path that makes the most sense to them. I think the afterlife is what you believe it will be - if you believe you'll be reincarnated as a three-toed sloth, that's what you'll perceive happening when you die. If you believe you're going to the Christian heaven (or hell), that's what you'll perceive.

After all, the Bible doesn't say there aren't other gods - it says you shouldn't worship them and the Christian God at the same time.

If I had to choose an organized religion to practice, I'd probably choose Buddism - I love the idea of a karmic universe. But I'll admit I don't know all that much about Buddism (that was a hint for someone on my friends list to give me a book link).

4. Are you a member of any structured groups dedicated to celebrating your religion(s)?

No.

5. How "organized" do you feel the practice and expression of faith should be?

I don't think it should be - it should be personal.

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