Monday, March 21, 2005

On My Own

Last night I was chatting with Cynic. I have known him for eight years, and between my sensitive manner and his abrasive one, we both marvel at the fact that we're friends.

Case in point: I was telling him that I wish I was still as religious as I used to be years ago, because if I was, I would be handling this current situation a lot better. He disagreed, but I know myself and I know it's true. Then he said, "You have to learn how to handle your own shit and not rely on divine intervention." I was somewhat irked by his ostensible insensitivity, and he clarified by saying that he feels that I can find the strength in myself (without God). Ever the humanist.

Anyway, that got me thinking: Is religion a crutch, or is it a viable coping method? Is there a difference between the two?

1 comment:

Tom said...

Religion is the form and structure by which some people have a relationship with God. I am "religeous" but do not attend a church. My relationship with God is the foundation to what I do. I think its unhealthy to deny that God has reign over creation. I think we can "handle our own shit" but without understanding God's purpose in our life leaves us handling it without a compass.

I am not the type that prays before deciding on what to eat for dinner. I dont think our decisions change God or His will. I do think that if we are deciding to start a business and looking at a porn site or a tax service, it would be good to know what God finds acceptable.

BTW, if you start a porn site let me know!! :)