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You don’t need religion to be a good person (rant)

Those who know me really well know that I can be incredibly opinionated, and often give my opinions when they’re not wanted. Over FB, I also try to make jokes with specific family members who just can’t seem to get it, don’t want to get it, or can see because there’s a pineapple in their bum.

Today I went out with my muggle to see my mother-in-law. Walking into the Fairfield Forum there were two people outside at the childrens playground with a “Jesus stand” with a lot of pamphlets and brochures on what the Christian God has apparently done for them. After having lunch at the Forum, I went to the loo and saw this on the back of a toilet door.

"Be good - go to church." Ummm... no.
“Be good – go to church.” Ummm… no.

I was raised Catholic but I was never told that I could only be good by going to church. We never went to church. The only time we did was for school events. Obviously, this piece of graffiti annoys me to the point that I’m willing to blog about it. But why does it annoy me?

Who ever wrote it (could be a child, could be an adult with really bad hand writing) is brainwashed. They are so consumed by the lies they are fed, they believe it.

Firstly – there is no one right religion or spiritual practice. Just because I’m a Witch, doesn’t mean I believe it’s the only way to go. Just because I chose this path, doesn’t mean I believe anyone else should. Allow your soul to choose the path that is right for you.

Secondly, they are being very specific. Fairfield is a very multicultural part of Sydney. There are many denominations of Christianity, many sects of Islam, of Buddhist living in the one community.

Which brings me to my third point. There are MANY Gods (deal with it) and NONE of them CARE where you practice your spirituality! They don’t care if it’s in a building of ANY form (Church, Temple, Mosque, Kingdom Hall, a quick prayer while stressing out in the bathroom in front of a mirror) or in the car, or outdoors! It doesn’t matter as long as you have faith, find joy in what you choose to believe in, and what you choose to believe in makes you happy!

The overall of this message annoys me because there is so much proof out there that says that going to church (to be specific) does NOT make you an automatic good person! Look at the Catholic Priests who have gotten their rocks off to children? Are they good people? No way! Are they doing what they preach? Light, no! There is no excuse for paedophilia.

If you want to be good, do good. You don’t need a religion or a spirituality. You don’t need to sit on hard pews, or kneel on special rugs, or even wear magical underpants. You don’t need to dance under the moon, you don’t need to do anything more than some simple things:

– Be a good person. Say please and thank-you. Apologise when you’ve done something wrong, and learn from your mistakes. Hold doors open for people, move out of the way for prams and wheelchairs, and help people out if it’s within your power.

– Live a good life, or at least one with few regrets. Grow a veggie garden, go for walks along the river. Travel if you can, have kids and raise them to be fantastic people, or don’t have kids at all. Look after your fur babies. If you want to give up all your possessions and help kids who can’t help themselves, then do it. (I’ve been trying to find the article on this guy. He gave up a 6-figure salary, moved to Asia to look after kids who were living in a garbage tip, created a school for them, an AMAZING man!)

– Don’t be an asshole. Please. We all have one, you don’t need to be one.

You don’t need to go to church to be a good person.

To be a good person, just be a good person.

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