Is there really an omniscient, omnipotent God who is up above the clouds watching over us humans? Did this supernatural being actually create everything on earth, and in seven days? Is the “big bang theory” valid? Are heaven and hell existent physical places? Religion: man-made or God sent? The totally random thoughts that go through my head, usually on rainy nights when I’m all cuddled up in my bed. Then I stop and think to myself – “all these questions CAN drive a person crazy!”
When I was younger I would always hesitate whenever someone asked the question “What church do you go to?”
I would be torn between lying and brushing the question off. It was a dreaded question to little me. I had every reason to dread this question, living in Ghana where the majority of the population is Christian. If you did not exhibit “obvious” Muslim traits, you were automatically presumed to be Christian. And if you gave an answer that was contrary to what was expected you ended up being interrogated like an alien from a different planet. The words that usually followed my answer were “You are not Christian”. This phrase was not uttered as a question…it was more like a statement of shock accompanied by a look of horror (which amused me sometimes). As I grew up and learned more, this phobia vanished with the growth of my understanding. I felt more and more grateful that I was born and raised in a Baha’i family. I genuinely believe this gave me a different perspective on life and that it greatly affects my way of thinking and how I act in situations. If you have never heard of the Baha’i Faith…well, Google is your friend :). I am going to give you the basic principles of the faith though: God is one, mankind is one, and all the religions are one. Unity. We are taught that all the different founders of the various religions in the world, are manifestations of God sent by Him to guide mankind according to their needs in that particular era in which these messengers lived.
These teachings have left me pretty open minded when it comes to the subject of religion…and everything else, actually. I’m generally open to discovering, learning and discussing about new things; culture, religion, places, ideas. I’m a believer of astrology, zodiac signs, karma- all that “universe energy” business. The sky (along with all its inhabitants) is my favorite thing in the world. I pray, as often as I can, to a supernatural force which I believe exists. I do not understand why there are different denominations within Christianity neither do I understand why there is so much violence associated with Islam. I do not believe there are ghosts among us. But sometimes, in the back of my mind, I question everything I know as being true because…well, because I am in the habit of asking too many questions! At one point in this “question-everything-existence” of mine, I had a crazy thought; what if this world was an illusion, a dream. What if I woke up one day to realize my whole life right now was a made up fantasy in my subconscious mind…a figment of my imagination? I thought I was crazy to think this but apparently, I am not the only weirdo who has had this same thought. Rudolf Fabyan has too (thank heavens!).
I got a call from a friend recently. Somewhere, during the conversation, he mentioned he had to hurry off to do everything he wanted before he hits 35. His reason being that he had estimated he was only going to live till then. He explained that he believes he’s in a dream and due to the fact that he’s not one who sleeps for long, the dream was not going to last for very long before he wakes up…umm yeah! he probably watched ‘Inception’ one too many times. This friend I’m talking about here, is one of the most enigmatic persons I know. His brain is a complex maze filled with an extremely weird mixture of thoughts and nonconformist views. See, Elorm does not believe there is a God neither does he believe in the teachings of Christianity. Religion is, in his words, “a bunch of stolen rituals and man’s beliefs”. A conversation with him will either lead to an argument about the credibility of the Bible or leave you questioning your belief that there is no life after death.
When it comes down to it, however, everyone has something they believe strongly in; whether it is a God or god, the moon, their own person, or maybe a made up place. Some people put their faith in the unknown or have contrasting views to what is norm just to keep a sense of uniqueness about them. We are not required to hold the same views but it is best, however, not to put down what someone else believes in because for all you know, that may be what keeps them sane in this cold, cold world.
So, stay true to you.