In yesterday’s paper there were two letters about religion and the bible in response to numerous other Columns and letters in regards to the same thing. Religion is a hot topic these days. If there is a point to be argued when it comes to religion, any and everybody is arguing it.
Now, I’m no theologian, nor am I a devout Christian. My road back into Christianity has been a long, and slow one . I am slowly relearning the ropes again after years of abstinence. Re-grasping the concepts of Christianity is not the same as riding a bike. You don’t just jump back on and go. It can be a long, uphill battle. I started attending church a little over two years ago, while at the same time talking with a Jehovah Witness. I was on the search for something in my life, a hole that needed to be filled. Both religions, although incredibly different, share a lot of the same ideas and both brought me a lot of insight into how to live a better life. Truth be told, I was confused a lot, which any sane person would be when faced with two completely different belief systems.
I was raised a Catholic, and to be told that since my belief in the cross makes me a non-Christian, I became stymied and quite unnerved. I put my foot down and said I wouldn’t continue with the readings anymore. I could not absorb anymore of their beliefs and follow that one rule of thinking as well.
But, I do have to give credit where credit is due. The lady I spoke with for a couple hours a week for over two years is as kind a person as I could ever meet. We would spend an hour talking even before spending an hour with the Bible. I felt I could tell her anything and most times I did. I believe the feeling was mutual. The day I told her my argument on that one belief she only stated why they believed what they did then asked if she could visit with me occasionally just to see how I was. I am grateful for her understanding and what turned into, as I thought, a nice friendship.
Today the priest of my church came into my video store. He was as exuberant, energetic and as friendly as I’ve ever known him. Having him in my store brightened my day considerably. If my aspiring for better things brings me half as much joy, and wholeheartedness as these two people have then I will die a happy person.
So, come in you priests, ministers and laymen of God. In our times of trouble, my store and I sure could use more uplifting about now.