I remember as a child attending many weekly Sunday church services, and began to wonder about the truth of religious stories and teachings. I remember very clear the phrase if you don’t go to church, I will burn in hell forever, or that God will punish me if I don’t take my child to church every Sunday.
My personality resented any type of ritual or “I have to do” things, just for the sake of doing it, because that is the custom, because I will be “better” “wiser” “smarter”. I just have to take things the way are giving it to me, without questions, arguments or exploring any other possibilities. As if I borne broken already or just because I existed somehow "I fall" and I have to rise doing all these things that other people are doing.
Always wonder, what if hell and heaven they don’t really exist? “Well but it says in the Bible that is true, so it has to be!” the answer will come from people, as soon as I popped with this question.
Couple of days ago, I found this book that was a delight to read("22 essays on the African American Experience, by Anthony Browder"), because of the truth that I feel in it. So I would like to share it with you:
“Many people do not and cannot accept any statements that do not confirm what they are presently believed, even if the beliefs that they presently hold to be true are based on false information and are inconsistent with reality."