Points to Ponder

Got questions?  You’re not alone.  Not sure where to begin?  I don’t have answers, but following are a few questions which may help you think about what you are looking for, and where you’d like to go.  The pictures count too!

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What does religion mean to me?  Is it a church, the building, the community inside, the religious writings, something larger – or somewhere between all of them?

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Is it a change of religion that I am seeking, or a change of church/minister/congregation?  Sometimes there are multiple churches of the same religion and all will ‘feel’ different.

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Do I need religion at this point in my life, or is atheism (lack of belief in a god/diety) or agnosticism (belief that we cannot truly know God, or if he/she/it exists) good for me for now?

What am I looking for in a religion?    Answers?  Community?  Social life? Guidelines for life?  Spiritual immortality? Help with life questions?

What do I want from a church? (Not the same question as above!) Does it have to be close, or am I willing to travel to get there, and if so, how far? Does the building need to feel welcoming as well as the people? Does it need volleyball courts and a cafe, or is it enough to have a place to meet? Is it someplace I need/want/plan to hang out with friends?  Do they already belong to a church?

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Is the priest/minister/imam/leader more important than the people?  What if the leader’s message is contradicted by others in the congregation?

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How important are ‘hot button‘ issues to me? How does religion X feel about … homosexuality / birth control / abortion / environmentalism / gun control / the death penalty / ???  Do I have to agree 100% with the main policy to belong to this church?

What kind of commitment am I willing to make to this religion?  Will I have to tithe? What kind of commitment do I want them making to me?  Am I willing to go to services multiple days a week, or multiple hours once a week, more, less?

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I’m a visual person – so I am on Pinterest.  For more potential inspiration, check my Pinterst board on Religion.

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