Are any of your Christian, or Muslim, or Buddist or some other type of faith?
I'm just really curious, I've never been the most religious person, I've been a catholic all my life, but I never really practiced, I only went to church when forced and I would have considered myself an aethiest until recently.
My parents have started going to an evangelistic church and I've heard about all the singing and over-the-top sort of stuff that goes on in these places and I was a little bit unsure of it all. They did however seem to get a lot happier than I've ever seen them, they seem content and happy for the first time ever and their worries seem to have disappeared and a whole lot of good things have happened to them since.
Now, I'm usually more than a little skeptical when good things happen like this, I'd even put it down to simply a more positive outlook on life causing more doors to open. Then I thought, maybe thats the power of strong belief, the entrusting of one's way in life to an external unverifiable (by all our scientific means) source.
There are chapters in the bible which say that the good things you get are blessings, and the bad things you get are teachings and tests for the soul. Or they could also be viewed as a convenient way of saying why god doesn't interject to stop bad things. Then again, belief in god has in many hard times given courage to the weak and allowed them to perform bravely in the face of unfathomable terrors, whether God is real or make belief, there is no questioning His ability to affect those who believe in him...even if he is merely a creation of mankind.
One of the troubles I feel that we have in our society is apathy and cynicism, they've both become by way of popular media "stylish" traits, and as much as I'd like to believe I am above all that nonsense, I have to say I am more than guilty of many of the same things I loathe.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've decided to give my faith its first true go, to let go of my fears and worries and to entrust my fate to a greater being. And it is not so much whether He exists or not, but the fact is, my worries have gone down, I'm more positive and I feel more at peace practicing many of the moral teachings of the bible - not bitching about people, practicing temperance, etc.
For the first time in a great while, I've felt truly refreshed and optimistic about the future - and the thing is, even being the analytical scientific minded person that I am, I think I will continue to believe in a benevolent God.
Thoughts, personal stories? I know this isn't a usual topic for the lounge, but hey, there's all sorts of stuff floating here so...