It’s Sunday morning, so it’s a perfect time to be reminded of our sinfulness. Am I right?
Full disclosure, I was raised Catholic – went to church weekly, attended a Catholic school – elementary AND high school, and for the first quarter of my life I didn’t really question much of my belief. It just was. I even had a nun suggest that I become one myself. ummm, thanks but no thanks.
Today, I respect others for their belief – I am in no place to pass judgement on what brings your mind and spirit solace in this messed up world. However, I no longer attend church (except for weddings and funerals) and I no longer “believe” in the Catholic Church, or any church for that matter.
Although my rational mind struggles with this, I do believe that there is more to this life than what we can see with our own eyes – I have seen and felt more than can be explained. Like when I had an urgent desire to call my sister, only to find that she had been in a car accident only moments earlier. Was it a psychic connection or just a coincidence? I’ll never know.
One of my big beefs with the Catholic (and all Christian) teachings is the concept that each human is born with sin in their souls. It just seems like such a load of nonsense.
Apparently, the only way to wash away our sinfulness is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. At least, that is what I was taught to believe, and what this handy flyer indicates. It was left at my door this morning.
Look, we all believe different things. I get it – we are shaped by the world in which we are raised, and the subsequent events that we’ve experienced. I believe that there is good and evil in the world, and that each of us is capable of both. I also believe that we must strive to be the best person we can be, but not because of some theoretical reward in the afterlife.
This “tract” as it calls itself asks “If you should die today, where would you spend eternity?” Who the f*ck cares.
What we should really be asking ourselves is “If you should die today, what would people say at your funeral?” Would you have hundreds of mourners attend and speak about what a kind, loving, caring person you were? Or would you have a handful of people speak about how you were a hard person to love?
Forget about looking for redemption from whichever God you worship. Forget about counting your sins and saying a handful of prayers to “redeem” your soul.
Instead, look at yourself in the mirror and think about what good you have done in the world today, this week, or this year. How many people have you positively affected by your actions?
You can start by not judging others for not seeing the world in the same way as you. Believe in God, or don’t believe in God. Believe in the original sin that we are all “stained” with at birth, if you like. I have seen no evidence that belief in God (any God) makes you a better person – we can all be assholes.
Save yourself by being nicer to every single person you encounter. Even the assholes.
Also, stop leaving pamphlets at my door telling me that I am filled with sin. Find a better use of your time, like watching videos of baby sloths.