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April 5, 2013 · 12:24 pm

What is YOUR ideology?

Atheist – Does not believe in God, nor religion

Deist – Believes in God, but not religion

Theist – Believes in God & religion (Christian, Jew, Muslim)

Agnostic – Believes in the possibility of God

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Story Entry: Katie Paul

If you wish to contact this person, feel free to contact her via her wordpress blog address provided.

This is a story for the current event going on, asking followers and anyone to write about their personal experiences regarding ideology in their life. If you want to talk to this person, or any of the other stories that will be posted, please fallow the links provided.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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This call out for stories of one’s ideological life’s journey has flooded my brain with so much material– I may just dedicate my entire blog (katiefindingway.wordpress.com) to this very subject. In an effort to summarize it so far, I fell back to my standby mode of operation: poetry.

I began with the actual first prayer that I said every night before bed for many years, then used that format and changed it for each major religious influence I experienced in my life. I went to Catholic School for 13 years, learned to question it’s authority at a very early age, enjoyed learning about other religions in college, and found a special affinity for the buddhist philosophies including meditation, and I am currently floating through middle age with no religion in particular to offer my kids. But I am certainly not at a loss for beliefs. Thank you for this opportunity to share.

New Prayer

My mother taught me to pray:
Dear Jesus,
I love you
Keep me safe from harm
God bless all my family
Make me a good girl
Amen

The Church taught me to fear:
Almighty Jesus, my Savior, who watches me always
Who loves me, but hates my sins
I must keep in line to earn safety from Hell
God blesses all who follow His rules with Heaven
I must confess when I have not been good
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen

Human nature taught me to reason:
I don’t really know this Jesus fellow, but
I want to be loved, perhaps
I must keep myself safe, although
I will still seek out blessings, and
I will try to be good
Amen

Experience taught me to question:
Is there a God? I have learned the names of many, but I can see none.
How do we love? Good intentions are often confused.
Where can we be safe? There is no place to hide from ourselves.
Who is blessed? We have all been deceived.
What is good? Without darkness, the light cannot be seen.
Why do we say “Amen”? Language becomes meaningless.

Meditation taught me to simply observe:
There is greatness
There is love
There is safety
There is blessing
There is goodness
Om

I taught myself to write a new prayer:
Dear One,
When I love, you love
Our Spirit cannot be harmed
Everything is Blessed
Good work is never done

–Katie Paul

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Story Entry: ERIN’S STORY (not mine) “Yet another reason I cannot be Catholic anymore.”

*Credit: Erin from Tumblr <<== Author

If you wish to contact this person, feel free to send her short Ask on her Tumblr page provided.

This is a story for the current event going on, asking followers and anyone to write about their personal experiences regarding ideology in their life. If you want to talk to this person, or any of the other stories that will be posted, please fallow the links provided.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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I was raised in the Catholic Church. My mom was Catholic and my dad converted to Catholicism way before I was ever born. My mom went to Catholic school, as did I, and I was baptized and raised in Church. I went to church every Sunday (it was church day followed by cleaning day) and I started at Catholic school in Kindergarten (I stayed in Catholic school until the start of 9th grade). I received all of the sacraments until 8th grade, and I went to youth group. In my Catholic school, we went to Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and let’s not forget about the optional adoration. In 9th grade (in public school), I continued with weekly mass, continued with youth group, did prolife club, and continued to exude Catholicism.

In short, I was pretty Catholic for a good chunk of my life.

If you met me now, you’d know me as an atheist/agnostic/anti-Christ (I’m deist). You’d know me as one of the most pro-choice, pro-gay, liberal motherfuckers in school.

Why the stark switch?

Because for years during crucial development, I was told being gay was a sin. I was told that what I thought of other girls meant that the devil was part of me and I was to resist thoughts that I had very little control over. I was told that it was unnatural, that marriage was for procreation, that gays could never marry and should never be allowed to have kids. I was told to love the sinner, but hate the sin.
But what if the two are one in the same? I like girls, and I always have, and it’s a part of me. I can’t turn off who I like (though trust me, with the looming threat of eternal flames and god hating me, I’ve tried). In fact, in a time of struggle (middle school sucks for everyone), I was told to hate another major part of myself, as if I needed yet another reason to declare myself awful.

And honestly, the pedophile scandals pretty much make my skin crawl. The sheer thought of pedophilia within the Church makes me almost have a panic attack. With my history, the last thing I need is a church that tells me to hate a part of myself (as if I needed any more help with self-loathing) or a church that hides pedophiles (I think pedophiles get off pretty easily already).

So if you’re wondering, no, I do not hate all Catholics, but no, I will never be Catholic again, and if that means going to hell, it’s better than suffering here on earth. Who needs heaven anyway?

Posted on February 15th at 9:17 PM

*Credit: Erin from Tumblr <<== Author

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Update: Apology to all following Theists

I must say, I do apologize to the Theists who fallow me, for those who are unaware they’re a Theist, it means you’re religious, that you consider yourself Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or other religion of some sort-I apologize because I know I post alot of things that seem Anti-Religious, the reason being because sadly at this moment in time, there is alot of shit going on regarding certain religions. More so the Catholic church, though there is some on Zen Buddhists as well. I do apologize if I’ve offended anyone, the entire point of this organization is to bring us together, but in doing topics on Ideologies, I must report the news going on regarding it, and sadly not all of it is good. I am new to this leadership position in trying to lead/start this peaceful movement.

So in light of this, I would LOVE to hear the religious stories everyone has had in their life, or rather their Ideological Life Journey. Please feel free to write it up in either a reply comment here, or a submission on the Tumblr Blog, please indicate your current Ideology, I will go through the submissions and possibly choose some to post, they don’t need to be impressive, just post and be yourself, but tactful as possible.

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