Friday Five 02.11.01

Well, obviously the snow has melted. That didn’t take long. I wish I’d thought to go build a quick snowman and dump it on my buddy’s lawn across the street. He probably had no idea it snowed, and since it wouldn’t have likely melted by the time he got home, that would be completely surreal. I always wanted to get a chest freezer, make a snowman, and then lay it inside until July. Then put it out on someone’s lawn and REALLY confuse them. One day I will do this.

Now, Friday Five time. WARNING: religious opinion ahead. I don’t write the questions, I just write the answers. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. If you do like it, comment. I’m all about the free exchange of opinion but I don’t want to see any bashing going back and forth or I WILL make use of my delete option for the first time. Play nice.

1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
As a really young child I only remember going to the Salvation Army. After my parents divorced I continued there with my Mom and went to an Evangelical church with my Dad. Although I always held close religious beliefs, I stopped attending church from about the age of 15 or 16 until about 23 or so.

2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
I still attend church (almost) weekly. If I can’t make it in person I’ll always catch Hour of Power on one of it’s many replays. My wife is a devout Catholic, and I’ll often join her at her Church, but my personal affiliation is still with the Salvation Army. I usually attend with my grandparents. Why? It’s a strange thing, but after going through a very tough period of my life between 1990 and 1998 I began attending to spend time with my grandparents. However, the more I went the more it felt right. It’s something that’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it themselves, but personally, it’s a good place to be. That said, organized religion is a big bone of contention with me. Because of the close relationship between God and religion, too many people are getting them confused. God does not cause war. There is no war over God. Anyone that kills in the name of God does not know God, end of story.

3. What do you think happens after death?
I believe in Heaven and Hell, for sure. Although I don’t subscribe entirely to the teachings of any given Church, I’ve begun to believe in the Catholic idea of purgatory a bit more, only because it makes sense to me. I, like many, have always had difficulty with the concept of bad people going to Heaven simply for asking forgiveness. The idea that they must pay these debts prior to acceptance in to Heaven just makes more sense to me.

4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
Christmas, without a doubt. I may be a bit left of centre in a lot of things I say or do, but effective today, my favourite season is in full swing. The Charlie Brown Christmas CD and DVD came out of storage this morning. :) For a more strict ritual, I actually enjoy the idea of giving up meat on Good Friday, a practice that has become almost void for all the wrong reasons.

5. Do you believe people are basically good?
There is good in everyone, but the World has become such a cesspool of evil and corruption that I think the good in people is being constantly tested. There is no more responsiblity for actions or concept of denying oneself for the greater good. I think far too often people are so busy making excuses for their actions, in some vain attempt to justify it to themselves, that they don’t realize that before long the bad is pushing the good aside. It’s one rule that people tend to find difficult to follow, and it would make all the difference – treat others as you would like to be treated. The ability is in all of us, most of us just don’t want to bother.

Cheers!

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