Death is a big change. Some people view death as an end to life. I look at it as a different way to experience existence. No one knows what happens after we die. People have guesses. That's why religion exists -- to answer those unknowables, to give strength to those who need something in which to believe. In my readings, I've learned that all religions started as a cult. Every. Single. One. This makes religion and spirituality no less meaningful. It simply points to the knowledge that spiritual beliefs in any current form were once something else, a different form. It means that each of us is personally responsible for our spiritual beliefs.
I've heard stories about people hiding from priests that come 'round the house. People can act overwhelming with their belief systems, especially when they're attempting to "save your soul." It can get frustrating. I've experienced both sides -- swayed by religion and spirituality, prompted to tell others about my beliefs. And then, I've also felt barraged by belief, drowned out by religious dogma.
In the end, I wouldn't want to push away belief in something bigger. I dated someone once who argued with people who maintained deep beliefs, fought until the other person acquiesced or left the room. I like it when people are confident in themselves and their beliefs. At the same time, I don't want other peoples' beliefs to be forced down my throat in the way the Tea Party wants to jam itself into peoples' personal lives. Balance, please.
Well hello there.