Life is Meant to Be Enjoyed
Life and religion don't have to be one in the same
Religion in my life has always been a sort of outfit. There are so many different ideas and beliefs to choose from and conform to, but I can never seem to find the right mix and match.
In the last year or so I have explored a faith most interesting to me. Just to clarify I am not conformed to any religion or church or specific people. I have looked into religions of all sorts and observed a ton of different types of Christianity practices. I am not a church girl! In my recent past I took a peek into the Jehovah's Witness organization. Upon hearing that name most people think about those annoying people that press their beliefs on you at your doors and on the streets. Some even refuse to talk to them because they supposedly don't believe in Jesus Christ. It's all nonsense; I know firsthand.
Let me start by saying the Jehovah's Witness are the humblest, nicest, and welcoming people I have ever come across. They're persistent people because persistence is part of one of their beliefs. They continue to get doors slammed in their faces and ignored and badgered by people every day because they are trying to pass on the good word like it instructs mankind to do in the Bible. Regardless of how you feel talking to them, you have to admire their courage and loyalty to God.
Since I'm setting things straight, the Witnesses do believe in Jesus Christ, God's son, but do not believe in the holy Trinity as other religions do. They do not believe that Jesus and God are one in the same, but that Jesus is God's son separately. This concept is not difficult to grasp just like the previous explanation of the Witnesses' persistence is understandable. Most of their beliefs and reasoning is well researched and supported which is why I found it easy to look so deeply into their faith and even consider it my own.
The Jehovah's Witnesses are very reasonable people and they are learners. They have a worldwide organization always opening its arms to anyone with a little interest. They have a monthly magazine called The Watchtower that has a lesson for the congregation to study each week. Their publications consist of beautiful pictures, Bible references, life stories, and basic factual information about God's creations. Their brochures and magazines are printed in over 200 different languages in order to reach out to people of all cultures. There are about 40 million copies put into circulation each month. Distribution is handled by those kind folks that walk door to door and by mail by request. (www.watchtower.org)
My point is that they have the literature and the reference points to show people why they believe what they believe, and that is something no other religion has ever been able to show me affectively. My only downfall, as with any religion, is that some of the big picture beliefs are almost too dreamy for me to grasp. Faith is intangible when it comes down to the life decisions. Every person is imperfect and makes mistakes and bad choices in life. I would rather not face a consequence for it.
The Jehovah's Witnesses came the closest to getting me to see the big picture belief. I understood everything clearly, but I decided to take my life into my own hands with the knowledge I have acquired.
I believe that people are always searching for something of spiritual value because they are not happy with the way their lives are. I am by no means disrespecting any religion, maybe I just missed something. Those of you that are searching for the spiritual something, take a step back and find the little things that bother you. Spend some time working on yourself, like I have tried to. Overall I chose to live my life and enjoy the moments. I have eliminated the thoughts of what happens after you die. I am no longer concerned with Heaven or Hell or Paradise on Earth. I am happy to live the life I have to the fullest and I believe that God would like that. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, living your life to the fullest and getting the most enjoyment out of it cannot be a bad thing. It just takes a positive mind and the willingness to be happy.
I love life and all the things it entails. I still enjoy looking into the different religions of the world and learning and taking from each of them something that I can relate to. Each one represents a culture and a history. People, places, events, art, nature, are all amazing to absorb and that is how I believe people can enjoy life as we know it despite all the negativity in the world today. A positive mind can make you shine on the darkest of days, so try shining more often and see what happens.