Hi, My name is Julia. I am a good friend to Mark and have a lot of parallels in the way I was brought up. To give you a little background information on me I grew up in a Catholic family and a diehard Catholic family. My father was a plumber, Canton, MI is where I was raised for most of my childhood. For a while we went to church pretty much every Sunday but as my brother and I got older we went less and less. We both attended catechism for all eight years. We were baptized and confirmed. From the beginning I felt that I believed in my religion because that’s what my parents believed in and when you’re a child you usually tend to believe what your parents tell you and what they teach you, but as the years went on and I got older, religion made less and less sense to me. I would ask my teachers and my parents questions about how religion worked and I never got a straight answer out of anyone. I was always told that if it was what the Bible said then I just had to have faith. I guess you can say I’m the type of person that needs hard facts to believe in something. To just be told that this is what the Bible says and it’s real, I can’t do that. I read lots of books and none of them are real. Even the biographies and autobiography’s are not 100% real they’re sugarcoated and they’re made to sell copies. No one writes a book intending to have no one read it, they write them so they sell and they make money and tell a story.
As soon as I got confirmed and had the choice of whether I wanted to go to church anymore or not I told my parents that I did not want to go. I think they believed I didn’t want to go because I was a kid and I had other things to do I didn’t tell them until I graduated from high school that I didn’t believe in God or have a religion anymore. For me religion just didn’t fit. I’m not the kind of person to believe that we were created by some kind of higher power. With so many different types of religions out there who’s to say who is right and who is wrong. I am not saying that I am right just because I’m an atheist and I am not saying the people who do believe in religion are wrong. All I am saying is you have to pick what works for your life. If you choose to be active in a religion that’s fine, it’s your choice and if you choose not to that’s also fine because it’s your choice.
It’s not just the Catholic religion that made me lose my belief in God. All religion in the end has the same purpose to have faith in whatever you choose to believe in, the roads you take are different, the stories are different but it all leads to the same place and that is that God created us and wants us to believe in him otherwise we will go to hell. That just doesn’t work for me at all. I believe that no one can know for 100% certainty whether there is a God or not. I don’t think that’s the point to know that there is a God or not. Religion is just the faith that you believe that God is up there. I also feel that there are so many different types of people in this world that one religion or all religions are not good for all people. If you can’t put your whole heart into believing something then I don’t feel that you should believe it and that’s where I stand. I know that I can’t put my whole heart in having a religion because I don’t feel it in my soul. Most people, when they meet me are shocked to find out that I’m not religious mostly because they perceive me as such a good person. I treat people with decency which is the exact way that I want to be treated. When they ask me why I act the way I do. I say my parents raised me right. Not because they took me to church but because they showed me how to live in this life by being a good example. The way that I am has everything to do with my parents and nothing to do with God. I just wanted to give you a little background on me as a preface to my next blogs. I’ll go into more depth about how I feel about religion.