Everyone has their own beliefs and often people seek out others who are of a like mind. Finding others who share your beliefs can lead to discussion and the continuing journey of your spiritual path. This search for finding others who are like-minded can lead to going to Church, or even meetings where you read spiritual studies and discuss them.
I think all people need a place, or at least someone, that they can discuss their beliefs without fear of judgement.
Even in a group of like-minded people, you’ll still find some whose beliefs, or rather, opinions that don’t mesh with your own. And that’s okay. We all have different opinions and beliefs.
But, when one person decides that your beliefs are wrong and you need to believe as they do, that is when the problem starts.
I’m not one to blog about my beliefs. I think the most I’ve ever said is I believe in the Great Spirit. I was raised Catholic and for many years went to church with my parents. Sometime in my teens we stopped going. It became a negative and uncomfortable environment.
Now I don’t call myself Catholic or Christian. I prefer not to label myself. And I don’t go to church. I haven’t for a long time. I don’t feel I need to go to church because I’m connected to the Great Spirit wherever I am. But, that’s how I feel and what is right for me. Others may feel the need to go church and that is what’s right for them.
My point is, what’s right for you may not be right for me, and versus. We’re all different, all have different spiritual needs and paths. There is nothing wrong with this.
However, what’s wrong is to argue with a person over their beliefs.
Everyone has had different experiences, whether negative or positive, that has led them to their current spiritual path. The experiences with church I had with my family as a child and teenager, has led me to my current spiritual path. And I am happy with the path I am now. My mom is also happy with the path she is on.
But, these negative experiences with going to church didn’t make my mom, or me, exactly feel negative about church. But, rather we learned it wasn’t for us and so we seek out like-minded people.
However, I have learned that even in groups of people who share my beliefs, there can still be someone who wants you to believe exactly as them. And if you don’t, you’re in for a verbal attack.
It’s nice when you can find a group of people you can let your guard down with and not have to fear judgement. But, when suddenly you have to put your guard up because you’re being attacked for your beliefs, or just sharing your story of how you to the path you are on, it’s not a nice feeling.
Even when I meet someone whose beliefs I don’t agree with, I don’t attack them because it is disrespectful and they also have a right to their beliefs just as I do. I just wish all people were respectful and wouldn’t attack another because that person believes differently.
Have you ever been attacked for your beliefs?