Religion has been a source of pain, conflict, and suffering for millenia. It has also been a source of inspiration, knowledge, and peace for countless millions. Why such varied impacts?
I can only speak from personal experience. My faith experience has generally been very positive. There have also been aspects of belonging to a faith group that are regretable. I would like to analyze what works, what doesn’t, and why. I’d like to share those insights here. I welcome your comments. My hope is to create a conversation between friends that ideally mutually uplifts, but at minimum, respectfully educates.
What works for me may not work the same way for you. That’s OK- we are different. Your understanding of concepts and doctrines may be different than mine. That’s OK- perhaps you can provide some new insight that helps to deepen my understanding. Perhaps you don’t believe at all. In fact, perhaps faith as a concept is scary and suspicious, fraught with danger. That’s OK too- it certainly can be all of those things.
However, in the end, I believe my life is richer, more fulfilling, and more peaceful because of my faith. I hope that some of the things I share will provide something of value to you.