I Didnít Know This Was a Competition
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Author: Divine Witch
Posted: March 13th. 2011
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Apparently, I must have missed the bulletin about various religions being in competition of each other. Well, that is the way it seems when I come across people that are Christian. I say there is a competition because it seems everywhere I go people are talking about being Christian, going to church and how everyone should do the same. And if you donít go to church EVERY Sunday or pray 8 million times a day, put at least a third of your paycheck in the collection plate or follow some other ďChristianĒ ritual, you were less than.
Oh and you better not be Wiccan, Pagan or anything along those lines, you are automatically deemed evil. No question, no explanation, just flat out evil. Why? Because I donít have the same belief system as you or something other than Christianity scares you because you donít have any knowledge of it or that you donít understand it? It seems like thatís mostly the case with these ďChristianĒ folk.
Now before I get stoned to death, let me state that there is nothing wrong with Christianity or any other religion if thatís where your faith lies. I can respect that, as long as you can respect me as well. It does not mean you have the right to force your religion on me, or look at me crazy or even avoid me just because we donít have the same belief system. Also, it certainly doesnít mean that just because we are the same race/culture, or live in the same area or even have the same blood running through our veins Iím suppose to follow you. None of that has any weight other than the comparisons I just described.
Now Iím sure some of you are wondering where all of this is coming from. Or maybe you have an idea. Well, for those that donít or are just simply curious, let me explain a bit. For the past three years or so, Iím been infatuated with Wicca and Witchcraft and within the last six months or so, Iíve become more serious about it. This means Iím doing more reading and research, and there are more books and magazines lying around.
Also, Iíve been on a quest to find and associate myself with more like-minded folks as myself and Iím even considering joining a coven. And most importantly, Iím wearing my pent all the time now without fear as before. Because of all of these things I just described, Iím getting either more questions asked about the pent or books Iím reading or more negative actions done towards me. Meaning that some folk-most ďChristianĒ are giving me the looks, avoiding me and are even throwing subjective yet random comments out during a conversation.
For example, I am taking a research methods class for my degree and one day the class breaks up in groups to discuss a topic for research. Well just so happens, our group got the topic of religion. Oh here we go. So anyway, we go on about the assignment and this one older lady throws out the comment, ďyeah that question needs to be categorized because some people are devil worshippers and stuffĒ and then slightly glances over at me.
Now at first I wasnít sure she was trying to be funny on the sly or not, so I kind of let it go. Now fast forward to a few days ago. This time the class is discussing an observation assignment. The purpose of this assignment was to go out and observe peopleís behavior in a group no more than four and then compare notes. Well, the same lady begins to talk about her experience doing the assignment. She and another girl did their observation at their church (not surprised) . She emphasized that she attends church EVERY Sunday and then goes into what kind of church it is. She stated that she thought it would be good to do the assignment in that setting because all types of people attend, such as politicians and what not.
So then I said ďWow, what kind of church is that?Ē I guess she thought I was making fun or something because she looked at me weird and said-with attitude mind you-ďJesus is the real celebrity.Ē Iím thinking to myself, ďUhhÖok.Ē So during the remainder of class, Iím thinking to myself that I must have offended her and that she obviously has some sort of problem with me. After class, I kindly went up to her and ask if I offended her. She stated that she did because she thought I was making fun of her church.
I then said ďHow could I make fun of your church when I know nothing about it? Where did you get such an assumption?Ē
ďBecause you asked what kind of church it is.Ē
ďWell all I did was ask a simple question. I wasnít implying anything.Ē
ďWell, it sounded like you were.Ē
At this point Iím thinking, ďOh my (insert deity here) how narcissistic can this woman be?Ē I then went on to tell her that Iím trying to graduate and go on with my life and donít have time to make fun of anybodyís church and walked away from her.
Wow, people really amaze me. Then there are the ones that have shunned me because I donít go to church or think exactly like they do. Not to mention past schoolmates or associates that flood Facebook with their biblical scriptures. Again, I donít have a problem with what others believe. The problem I have is how itís brought to me and how others act towards me. It only seems to be a thing with Christian folk; or I should say the ones Iíve encountered. I have yet to have this problem with any other religion.
So I guess what Iím saying is it seems to be a competition going on here. The people I have come across have this attitude that you have to be Christian in order to be a successful, wholesome person. Well, that canít be true because Iíve seen the total opposite of that in Christian people. Iíve seen that in all types of people. So basically, that theory should be thrown out of the window. So really I think people should stop acting like this is a competition because itís not.
There is no such thing as a ďbestĒ religion. I refuse to get sucked into this type of thinking with any religion. I will continue to practice and believe the way I feel is best for me and others should do the same, which should including enhancing knowledge of what you practice as well as other things. But thatís the way I think. Technically if this is some type of competition, Iíve already ďlostĒ because I donít have the same faith as you, so why should I bother with the shenanigans?
The only competition Iím planning to compete in is the one in which I learn as much as I can on a spiritual, mental, academic, social and any other level. That competition is only with myself and in my opinion, is much more meaningful.
Copyright: Written November 14th, 2010
Location: Gary, Indiana
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