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people have the wrong idea about religion. it's not about believing in some divine puppet-master. i've been to church a few times and it isn't a bad thing to be open minded and embrace the beliefs that give hope to so many people. beats the hell out of trolling internet forums all day, wouldn't you think?
You're a fucking idiot. By not subscribing to the religion of his parents, he is being very open-minded. There are thousands of religions in the world, yet almost everybody belongs to the same one as their parents. If people really chose religion by the merit of its teachings, like an open-minded person would do, religion wouldn't be concentrated in certain regions.
bottom line, lets just not jump to conclusions with people who decide to express their beliefs through religion. maybe your dad is an avid enthusiast, or maybe he's just going to learn about a specific practice and keep an open mind. who knows. assuming that everyone is an extremist really isn't a valid line of thought. i used to go to church just to feel like a part of my community while satisfying my curiosity. some things you take, others you leave, but regardless of how it influences you and your line of thought, its nice to know that you're never alone
read my posts above. religion isn't quite so cut and dry, nor should the interpretation of God be so literal. you believe in a cliche figure that represents the rebellion against traditional social norms, whereas i believe in one that provides a foundation for a positive, fulfilling life, that can help give you a sense of direction. how is it any different? something doesn't need to exist for you to believe in what it stands for. it's like santa claus. we all know there isn't some jolly old fat dude in a red suit flying around on christmas eve. that's a story made up for children so they can start to understand what the greater meaning is all about. what we believe in is the spirit of christmas, as it symbolizes caring for one another, family, unity, and we celebrate that, just as the spirit of God is celebrated in a church.
like i said earlier, i don't believe in God as a divine puppet-master who has us all dangling from strings and following a predetermined path, but that doesn't mean that i dont believe in what God stands for and try to live my life according to my own interpretations of religion