I grew up with a devoutly conservative and religious parents. My upbringing immensely revolved on always uttering prayers in everything that I do, on treating others as brothers and sisters in faith, on preaching the miracles of everyday life and on believing that by doing all of these, I will be saved. When I asked my parents why we have to do all of those things, they just told me that they were accustomed to that. The system is hard to break, as they said. “Our religion speaks the only truth about salvation, about how we should live our lives to be worthy of the Lord’s mercy.” Those were their words every time they speak in front of our fellow worshipers.
But I’m not a child anymore who can simply be elated with candies every time I ask too many questions. I have my own mind now. I make decisions of my own. I used to live a life that was built by my parents’ set of beliefs, of conventional dogmas. I lived a life of many don’ts because their religion said so. I find it ridiculous every time I hear people arguing about their religion. It seems everyday new religions are formed. Each encourages believers to join and assures salvation. Each speaks of a holy deity who will save humanity from the bondage of sins. But why is there a need for clashing of opinions? Why kill each other for a set of beliefs interpreted by humans too? Why prefer division over unity?
I don’t want to live in fear anymore. I don’t want to be swayed by the majority’s beliefs just to fit in and be called righteous. I don’t want to join in any groups that keep on insisting that they are right. I don’t want to be forced to do something good for the sake of my soul’s fate after death. I don’t want to believe in things I haven’t seen. I don’t want to direct my life based on the civilizations I have grown up with. I’m tired of being dragged into the general’s mess. I’m totally fed up of society’s dictum. I don’t need religion to be a good person. If I want to be called one, it will be my self who will dictate it, choose it and not any religion. No religion can define who I am and who I will become. I have my own faith based on things I chose to believe.
You! How certain are you that your religion can save you?