Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting to Know You: Religion

Since it came up during our last conversation at CIC, I thought it might be interesting to have a chat about religion.

Whether you're an author or a character, you probably believe in something bigger than yourself – perhaps many gods, just one god, a mystical gaggle of fairies, or simply the random nature of the universe. So, how did you come to believe such a thing? Parental influence, life experience, or something else entirely?

Well, what do you say? Care to share your beliefs with the rest of us?

20 comments:

Marenya said...

We believe that Heaven predestines everything. We don't know our destiny, but everything that happens will be made right in the end. Our job is to live as honorably as we can.

When we die, our souls go behind the sun, beyond the rim of the world, to the land of our ancestors.

Candy said...

My parents made me go to our village church in England but the minister spoke so fast I never understood anything he said. I did believe in God then. Now I don't. I do believe in a kind Father though, who takes us in when we die. Until then I figure we're on our own.

Aidan said...

Here's what I know:

Over a thousand years ago, the demon king Asmodai mated with humans to create a new legion of demidemons as his army in the world. At some point we rebelled against him and started to protect our human cousins, as the Archives call them.

We've been fighting him ever since.

We're immortal, but if we're killed, our souls go back into Asmodai's service. It's our human blood and bodies that keep us free. But our souls belong to him.

Fortunately, we're pretty hard to kill.

Abigail said...

The first thing to understand about my land is that it was created by the King. He made everything that existed--first the Abir, his helpers (angels), then the roses, also called kingsheart, and then he made people. But one of the Abir rebelled against him and is now known as Deathroot.
The roses are a spiritual link and indicator of a person's heart. We also highly value music as a way to express emotions. Both the King and the Abir are rarely seen--maybe once in any man's lifetime.
So the communities are led by Shoshannahs. They lead worship, settle the rare dispute, and heal the sick. Healing is done with roses--each person has their own rose, and the sick person's rose goes in the Shoshannah's hand, and the Shosahannah's rose goes in the sick person's hand, and that way the Shoshannah can heal the person with music.

Amy Thompson said...

I believe . . I just don't knnow in what.

Does agnostic count as a religous belief?

Robert has his God that rules all, and Cal believes in God, I think, but not the same one as Robert; and my parents only believe in alcohol and survival.

There was a preacher of some sort the presided over my mother's funeral, but I still have no idea what religion he claimed. Like he knew my mother at all . .

Between Robert's Adventist beliefs, and Cal's Baptist influence, I'm willing to concede there may be a divine entity; but I'm pretty sure Its been sleeping for several thousand years and doesn't really think humans are worth remembering.

Its no wonder Catholic priests don't believe in miracles. There's just no place for them in the rituals that one has to adhere to in order to get into heaven.

Olivia Harper said...

I find religion fascinating - and yet I am definitely a confirmed atheist... as I indicated the other day.

Sorry about that, Robert. My feathers just get really ruffled when I hear people say that God will save me.

Devi Marconi said...

Yes, I suppose I'm to blame for that. Your father was raised a Catholic, but didn't really have much faith. And I, being the child of a very pious mother, was pretty much an atheist from a very young age.

Oh, Liv, I hope I didn't wrong you in raising you an atheist, too.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Hey, wouldn't you know it? I'm an atheist, too - or at least an agnostic like Amy.

Could that be a coincidence, Liv and Devi? Or is our author trying to tell us something?

Laura Martone said...

Well, Meg, perhaps I AM a bit transparent in my motives...

Olivia Harper said...

Don't worry, Mom. I'm perfectly happy being a non-believer. I don't think faith in God necessarily makes you a better person. Despite being an atheist, I try to be the best person I can be. Loving to my family, kind to the environment, and charitable towards my fellow humans.

Sadly, I've known a lot of religious people who couldn't say that - and mean it.

Aidan said...

Abigail, I'd like to come visit your world. It sounds nice, healing by roses.

But I'd better not. Things don't go all that well when I come to other worlds.

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Olivia, I'm a Christian, but I don't like all that "god will save me" stuff either.

To me Christ's main purpose is peace. It shames me that so many of my fellow Christians ignore that.

Abigail said...

Aidan, my world is already going to be destroyed. I don't think your visit could make it any worse.

Aidan said...

Maybe I can save it then, when I get finished saving Marenya's.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Uh, yeah, good luck with that, Aidan. I must admit, I'm worried about the worlds you visit, but I'm still rooting for you.

Aidan said...

Thanks, Meg.

Abigail said...

No, it's quite okay, because it will be remade after being destroyed

Nutmeg Cross said...

Oh, well, that's a relief, Abigail. I feel much better now.

Gabby said...

I don't believe in nothin' but myself. Would I be stuck in this hell hole of a prison if anyone or anything cared about me?

But then there's the Unicorn and he's kinda tearing me apart, making me feel good things, like kindness.

I can't do that or they'll kill me.

Aidan said...

I know the feeling, Gabby.