I grew up in a conservative Christian community. And I am thankful for that upbringing.
I was taught that it was important to “believe the right things.” I could easily give you a top ten list today of these “right beliefs.” The tenets of the faith were handed down to me and I held them close to my heart.
And yet it cost me very little to “say” what I believed. It was the same belief system of my family, my church, and most of the society I grew up in. It was the faith of the majority.
I was comfortable and confident with it.
As I grow older, one of my challenges is to decide what I still believe from those early years, and what are the beliefs I need to let go of. It is not an all or nothing proposition.
I still believe that God is love.
And anything said or done in the name of religion that is not loving, is not of God.
I have let go of the belief there is only one way to God.
If I had grown up in Afghanistan, I have no doubt I would be Muslim. If I had grown up in Israel, I would be a Jew. And so on. My family roots are deeply Christian. I am arrogant when I assume that my understanding of God is the only way. It is the way that seems right for me. Of course, my beliefs are empty words unless my life backs them up.
What do you believe about God? What do you need to let go of?
As for me, I pray that I will no longer value comfort as the goal of my faith, and that I will look for ways to support the minority rather than the majority.