Sunday, April 6, 2014

Journal Day Prompt #8


Here's this week's prompt-

Would you consider yourself a religious person? Quite simply- what do you believe happens when you die? Have you always believed this? Do your current beliefs align with what you were taught as a child? And if not, what was the turning point? This week, talk about your religion or spiritual beliefs (or perhaps your lack of), and try to sum up, if you can, what you believe happens "next."

I'll be back Thursday with my response, and that's when I'll ask you guys to share a bit from your writing in the comments, as well as a link to your post.


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14 comments:

  1. As far as I can remember, religion has been something to fight over in my family. My mother is an atheist. My father is a muslim. My grandparents on my mother's side are catholics. And I am very much lost ! After moving to Paris, my father experienced a lot of discrimination because he was from Algeria. He turned to religion to find support and went way too far. He was a muslim before already, but he took an extreme position and things did not go well. My father and mother broke up while she was pregnant because she did not want to become a muslim. He left and never returned. Of course, my grand-parents were overjoyed when this happened. They could not trust a muslim and they were right ! At least that's what they believe. As for me, I am often confused. I have lived in America and England in Lutheran and Protestant families. My three best friends are respectively Jewish, Atheist and Catholic. They all have their own way of dealing with religion and the idea of God, afterlife and the meaning of life. I want to believe that there is something bigger than us, something better. To me, the Bible, Quran and Torah are just stories that have been written a long long time ago to provide guidance to people who were living at that time. But they are just stories and I wish people could see that the real message is always a message of love and tolerance. I am so sad when I think of religious people protesting against other people's rights or going on wars because others have different beliefs. I find it so odd that people would still say "but the Bible says that Gay marriage should not be allowed" or "the Quran says that women should hide their hair" as a way to impose their will on other. I feel close from Jesus, who was not God's son to me, but just a brilliant and very sweet man who delivered a message of love and peace to the world. I find it so interesting that as someone who doesn't belong to one particular religion like me can follow his message much more than actual christians. I try everyday (and trust me, it's often hard, I know that I fail often) to keep an open heart and mind and to embrace people's differences. I try to stay positive and to help others. I reming myself everyday that there is something to be thankful for. To me, God is not a person, it's love, it's everywhere because you can find something beautiful, something to love everywhere. I do not believe that you have to hide your hair, to be straight or to avoid divorce to please God. You just have to be able to enjoy the wind in your face on a sunny day, to rejoice at the sound of children laughing, to be open minded and tolerant. That's what I believe. And I will raise my children without imposing my way of seeing things. As they grow up, they will make up their own mind, and hopefully find hope and strength their own way.

    I hope that this comment have some sense somehow. In any case, it felt really good to right this down ! Sorry for any misspelling or grammar error, French people really (:

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  2. Good one Dani. .. should see some interesting replies.

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  3. This is so crazy, so timely, because it has been a constant conversation in my head for about a month now. I grew up incredibly religious and and even traveled for years as a child missionary to countries around the world. At some point, I slowly disconnected from the parts that made me uncomfortable until I'm at the point now where I am not remotely religious and haven't been in awhile. Still, lately, as I'm trying to juggle adult life and thinking seriously about what kind of childhood I want my two boys to have, I've been wondering if something is missing, and wondering if that something is God. I love this prompt, I'm excited to write about it and see what others have to say! Thank you.

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    1. He is definitely missing!:) when you add God into your life you always win and never regret it!! I'm not talking getting all traditional religious-just have a personal relationship with Jesus!:) it's nice to have hope and answers to give my children, too

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    2. He is definitely missing!:) when you add God into your life you always win and never regret it!! I'm not talking getting all traditional religious-just have a personal relationship with Jesus!:) it's nice to have hope and answers to give my children, too

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  4. I really love these Journal prompts! SOoo interesting and good for my journal because my entries used to be stuff like; Went to shops with mum..... ;)
    Orla

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  5. i wanted to ask you if these shoulder pads attach with a button or something to the belt?
    http://shop.orbitbaby.com/product/825_shoulder_pads
    sinc e i plan to buy it for a completely different strolller....and are they comfy?

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  6. Oooh, interesting prompt. My husband and I were talking about this over the weekend.

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  7. That's a very interesting question! I often times wonder about how religious I am at this point in my life and what I believe. Sometimes my beliefs contradict themselves and leave me confused as to whether I am a believer or an atheist. My boyfriend and I always get into heated debates about religion and that topic always interests me. Great pick!

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  8. I think this is going to make for a very interesting set of responses and I am so looking forward to reading yours, as well as everyone else's. :) Thank you for another thought-provoking prompt, Danielle!

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  9. Great prompt! Can't wait to read the responses.

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  10. This is a great journal idea. People rarely get this personal on their blogs.

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  11. I just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it! http://finestprocrastination.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. This is my first time writing a journal from your prompt! So excited to post it on Thursday! :)

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