I think my mom hoped I would become one, while dad was indifferent; actually he could be called an atheist. So as you can judge by the previous sentence most of this post will be devoted to a religious belief.
I was born a Christian, to tell the truth, my mother never asked me (I guess as well as most of your parents) if I wanted to be baptized. She just did it to me when I was 12 months old so it’s obvious that back then I could not speak or decide for myself. While I was growing up, I never gave it much thought, it was a fact accepted by me just like an axiom, a fundamental truth, that didn’t need to be proven. I knew some prayers, I prayed at some really bad periods of my life (now I know I only considered most of them as such). I even went to church and I really liked it there. But when I became mature enough, I started to notice the world surrounding me. I began to ask questions. That’s when my faith started to shatter. The one question that still keeps repeating itself in my head is “How can we believe in one God if there are so many religions?” Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and the list can be prolonged much more since I named only major groups. Why people do not see it? How come some of them have no doubts at all? Do you have any answers?
Please do not get me wrong, I am not against any of religions. I have an equal respect towards all of them; a huge amount of work had been done to create each of them and we should give it a credit.
On the other hand, I do understand why people believe. It gives them strength, hope, maybe even purpose. It’s very important to have faith in something, because it helps us to keep going and see the light in the end of the tunnel when life plays tough games. It’s up to us to choose what to believe in: God, Universe, Science or ourselves. I like the saying “God helps those who help themselves”. To me it means that we should not be some kind of blind believers, but we should be ambitious, we must work hard and try even harder to be successful. Belief in God or universe can only support us; however it’s us who are in charge of our own lives. So no matter what happens never give up. Believe in yourself in the first place.