Given the recent events in the world, I have been thinking a lot and getting a lot of comments about a certain thing: Religion. I’m going to clear about this subject and this is quite hard to write, because I know some people will judge me because of it. Mock me. Unfriend me. Disrespect me. Some people would advise against writing this blogpost, because I’ve had a difficult time lately. But I’m just going to say this: I’m a Catholic.
I was born in a part of the Netherlands were there more Catholics than Protestants. The Protestants are in the majority in the Netherlands, but in the south ‘we’ are in the majority. Enough with the whole demographic shizzle.
I’m a child of a Roman Catholic father and a Anglican mother, which has lead to funny procedures when my parents wanted to marry in a Catholic church. But that’s a story for another time, I suppose.
I have been baptised, received my first communion, confirmation and have been quite active within the youth movement in my region. I hear you thinking. How is this even possible? How do you even do it? And yet you are such an intelligent lad?
I realise that I’m a religious person, above average. I realise that I’m one the few percentages of our generation who does go to church on a regular basis and does find comfort in it all.
The reason why I don’t talk about it is that people have a judgement about religion and I think this has only grown stronger throughout the past two years. I’m proud to be catholic, but I dont despise other religions. On the contrary. I’ve a lot of respect for other religions and I see no reason why I shouldn’t surround myself with friends from other religions. I think that’s stupid. I also have friends who are deists or atheists and we get along just the same. That’s great!
Which I find particularly hard is the way people react to me being religious. ‘You are stupid. Science has proven everything so therefore you are nuts.’ Let me tell you that religion does change with time. Not everyone changes and not all of the religion changes, but it’s plain stupid to think that the current era doesn’t have his influence on religion.
Religion doesn’t destroy everything. It’s the people who do things in the name of their god. Actions of individuals or groups can give this reputation, I agree. I also agree that it’s more likely to happen to those that have a religion. But what I want to say, is that not every muslim is bad because of the attacks. Hate doesn’t solve anything. Hate corrupts the soul.
If you find comfort in praying, pray. If you don’t, don’t. I respect my fellow religious friends. I respect my friends who don’t believe. I have so much love to give to both. I suggest we start spreading the love.