“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
I’m intrigued by people who are born into a particular religion and remain in it for life. They seem, as far as I can tell, to fall into one of two categories:
1) They accept what they’re taught without question. Either they’re satisfied with the teachings or they just don’t care about exploring beyond certain (“acceptable”) boundaries. Perhaps they have no real understanding of the teachings – but this doesn’t matter to them since they’re satisfied by simply following certain customs such as going to church once a week.
2) They have a deep understanding and appreciation for the teachings of their religion. They know WHY they believe what they believe. They experience real peace and consolation from their beliefs and practices. Faith and prayer – having some sort of personal relationship with God – is part of their daily lives.
Personally, I’ve been in both of these categories at various points in my life, but I’ve always eventually sensed that it was time to move on. I wonder if I would’ve remained Catholic if I’d been taught the “whys” of the teachings as a child. Yet, as an adult, when I took the initiative for myself in learning reasons and practicing with devotion, I still ended up needing to walk away. I guess it all comes down to the fact that I’ll always be a seeker (I don’t feel right getting too comfortable and staying in one spot) and I have no tolerance for hypocrisy, especially in religion.
Although, on the surface, my spiritual journey appears haphazard – Catholic, atheist, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu/Yogi – I can honestly say that my faith in God feels stronger than ever. I sense I can endure anything for love of God. (I’m better off for making my journey rather than staying put.) My heart has expanded to love more and more. I trust that everything is working for my good and for the good of all.