Pardon me if by posting this, I’m opening a can of worms. I’m curious to see where on the religious spectrum you all lie.
Which do you agree with more, the first quote or the second? Why?
” It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
– Pope John Paul II
So, tell me your story!
If you are a Christian, what brought you to your faith? What would you say the strengths/weaknesses of the “Western World’s” Christian community are?
If you practice another religion, how did you come to it? What would you say the strengths/weaknesses are of being a believer today?
If you consider yourself an atheist or agnostic, what are your thoughts on religion as it affects the world around us today?