Lastnight my mother asked me if I’m an athiest. Not saying there is anything wrong with being an athiest but I was quite offended. I’m not an athiest but I no longer practice religion. In my opinion religion does not allow you to think for yourself and it forces someone else’s way of life on you. At the end of the day religion is here to make you a better person and lead you to salvation. Am I a bad person or in my mother’s words “misinformed” because I chose to think my own thoughts and find my own salvation in a different way? If I don’t believe someone else’s theory (religion is a theory) am I doomed to a “lake of fire” when I pass away? What if I’m still a good person inside if I chose to accept God into my life without religion? To me God is not a person. God is life itself and everything it has to offer. God to me is not some man in the clouds that set out to make us believe a theory or forever suffer in hell. I don’t even believe in hell anymore. It all really boils down to your perspective on life. I’m going through life in my shoes and seeing it through my own eyes and no one else’s. I will never get the chance to experience life through anyone else’s eyes but mine. That leads me to believe that we have a responsibility to find our own truth and believe that truth for you and only you. For all I know what I’m seeing through my life is the end all be all of existence. When I die I have no proof that life has gone on for anyone else. So should I take the chance to give up my own truth and follow someone else’s theory on how to be a better person or am I allowed to think my own thoughts and seek my own personal salvation out for myself?