Religion why is yours right? And what if you’re wrong?
It’s a simple question but one that many avoid answering.
I myself was brought up and Christened into the Church of England I even used to go to Sunday school as a young boy. I don’t any more nor do I have any religious beliefs.
This article is not Anti-Religion in any way and I respect everyone’s right to believe or not to believe. This article is just out to help us all understand each other a little better by posing a few questions
Why are You Religious?
So let’s start at the beginning why if you are religious do you follow the religion that you follow? And if you aren’t religious why aren’t you?
Born into Religion
Most people, (Not All) will follow the religion of their parents in their early life anyway, many now move away from any religious beliefs in early adulthood.
As an Adult most people already know what if any belief system they want to follow, however a small amount find religion later in life.
Going with the Flow
A lot of people even after deciding in their own mind that they aren’t religious, will still go along with the crowd out of fear of falling out with Parents, Family or Friends.
Did you used to be Religious but aren’t any more?
Have you ever been religious but decided to turn away from religion? And what made you make this change?
What if you’re Religion is the Wrong one?
So you’ve followed a religion all your life and at the end of it all you find out you were wrong and either there’s nothing after death (In which case it wouldn’t really matter), Or someone else’s Religion was right and you’re on your way to a not very nice place for eternity.
Here are some Answers to why people are or aren’t religious.
YOU can add your own comments at the bottom of this article.
I’m spiritual and I’m an Omnist. My background is both Native American and European. Omnism allows flexibility in my beliefs.
Andrew Davison, Wigan UK
I’m not religious because I don’t believe that there is something there. I’ve studied physics and the beginning of the universe and although it’s not comprehensive what they have found, it’s more believable than it just appeared. Religion throws up many more questions than it answers. If there was a god why is there cancer? Why is there famine? For a god that is forgiving he is very cruel. There is no explainable reasons for this that can be answered by religion but science has answers
Richard Marshall, Windsor, Ontario Canada
I don’t follow a religion….I just ended up at a Baptist church. I`m spiritual and I believe Jesus is my saviour
Richard Marshall, Merkel Texas, USA
That’s a tough one. I grew up in the Catholic Church, went to a Catholic school for 3 years (including church every Friday) and Church every Sunday. I wouldn’t say I’m religious, but I do believe in God. I quit going to Catholic Church based on questions that I had that no one could give me solid answers to. In the past 3 years I have started going to church again, but it does not have a particular religion.
Chris O’Regan, London United Kingdom
I’m not religious as I find the concept of an all knowing, all seeing, omnipresent, invisible being that can communicate to all sentient beings in this and all other universes at the same time telepathically and exists beyond time and space to be utterly ridiculous. I also believe that any religious text is little more than a book of fables.
Jay Mulvey, Castleford UK
I am Catholic my dad’s Catholic and so was his dad and so on. I believe in God and don’t think it hurts to have a faith it helps me.
Helped me through some tough times like when my granddad died help me to have faith he was going to a better place.
Helps me to have faith that when I die or any of my loved ones die that it just isn’t the end that if they lead a good life they will go to a better place.
Both my daughters are Catholics I teach them but when they grow up they can make there own decisions on the path they can lead.
I’m not a bible basher and won’t force my beliefs on others.
As for the bible I believe all they are mostly are stories. Lessons on how to lead a good life.
I’m no perfect Catholic I had sex before marriage, had 2 kids and still not married now so I have my fair share of sins but I believe in God in my own ways.
Andrew Fox, USA
I reckon upbringing has a lot to do with it. Most religious folk I know who currently practice were born into it, while most non-religious people I know either grew up with little to no religious influence or had very negative experiences with organized religion from an early age.
My parents are non-practicing Catholics and I’m grateful for the fact that they never forced their beliefs on me, despite the influence of my *very* religious grandmothers on both sides of the family.
I think I believed in God as kind of a de facto standard until I was 11 or 12,, and then graduated to atheism after actually sitting down and reading the Bible cover to cover and seeing some of the very negative effects of organized religion in my community.
Non Religion on the Rise
In the 2011 Census, 14.1 million people, about a quarter of the entire population (25%) of England and Wales, said they had no religion, a rise of 6.4 million since 2001. In Scotland, more than one third of the population (37%) stated that they had no religion. The British Humanist Association (BHA) had encouraged people to tick the “No religion” box and said the fall was “astounding”. It has calculated that Religious people could be in a minority by 2018
So Many Religions
Below is a List, (Probably not Complete feel free to add more in comments) of the Many Religions on this small blue orb we call home.
A group of monotheistic traditions sometimes grouped with one another for comparative purposes, because all refer to a patriarch named Abraham.
Orthodox Bahá’í Faith
Nation of Islam
Alevi / Bektashi
Judaism (see also: Jew; Hebrews)
Modern Orthodox Judaism
Conservative Judaism (Masorti)
Reconstructionist Judaism (arguably not a religion)
Humanistic Judaism (arguably not a religion)
sects that believed Jesus was a prophet
Christianity (see List of Christian denominations)
Oriental Orthodoxy (Monophysitism)
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Community of Christ
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Messianic Judaism (not actually Judaism but rather Jewish-rite Christianity)
Religions with a concept of Dharma, also major religions of historical India
Hinduism (see also Contemporary Hindu movements)
Agama Hindu Dharma (Javanese Hinduism)
ISKCON (Hare Krishna)
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mission
Six major schools and movements of Hindu philosophy
Vedanta (Uttar Mimamsa)
Buddhism (see Schools of Buddhism)
Nikaya schools (which have historically been called Hinayana in the West)
Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism)
Other revealed religions
Believers in one God, also called classical monotheism, who follow an Indo-European culture of belief, philosophy and angelology.
Magus (see Three Wise Men)
Marcionism (not entirely Gnostic)
Valentinians (see Valentinius)
The orally transmitted canon of indigenous peoples, many involving some variant of animism and many defunct
African religions in the New World
Umbanda and Quimbanda
Druidry (Celtic Religion)
Babylonian and Assyrian religion
Bön (Indigenous Tibetan belief)
Tengrism (Indigenous Mongol, Tartar & Kazakh belief)
Yezidis (Modified indigenous Kurdish belief)
Native American religions
Australian Aboriginal mythology
Modekngei (Republic of Palau)
Nauruan indigenous religion
Neopagan or revival religions
Modern religions seeking to recreate indigenous, usually pre-Christian, beliefs and practices
Church of All Worlds
Germanic Neopaganism also called Ásatrú or Odinism
Hellenic polytheism (modern revivalist forms)
Dianic Wicca (Feminist Wicca)
Philosophies not transmitted by a divine prophet
Fellowship of Reason
Left-Hand Path religions
Faiths teaching that the ultimate goal is separating consciousness from the universe, rather than being absorbed by it
Church of Satan
Order of Nine Angles
Setianism also spelled Sethianism
Temple of Set
Faiths created from blending earlier religions or that consider all or some religions to be essentially the same
Arès Pilgrim Movement
Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)
Law of One
Universal Life Church
Religions based around divinely inspiring substances
Church of the Universe (marijuana sacrament)
New religious movements
See List of new religious movements for a list based on other sources
See hereunder for religions founded since 1850 with small followings
Direct Worship of the Actual God
Native American Church
African Diaspora / Latin American NRM’s
Sai Baba/Sathya Sai Organisation
Meher Baba (actually a Zoroastrian)
Aum Shinrikyo (Aleph)
NRM’s with Islamic Roots
Dances of Universal Peace
Nation of Islam (Black Muslims)
Children of God
Iglesia ni Cristo
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
Way of Former Heaven sects, including
I-Kuan Tao (“Way of Unity”),
T’ung-shan She (“Society of Goodness”),
Tien-te Sheng-chiao (“Sacred Religion of Celestial Virtue”),
Daoyuan (“Sanctuary of the Tao”),
Tz’u-hui Tang (“Compassion Society”).
Falun Gong (“Dharma Wheel Work,” a qigong meditation group)
Seicho no Ie
Johrei (Johrei Movement – Sekai Kyusei Kyo Izunome Kyodan)
Aum Shinrikyo (Aleph)
Jeung San Do
Juche (The personality cult of North Korean leaders)
Western Magical / Esoteric Groups
Association for Research and Enlightenment
Church Universal and Triumphant
Ordo Templi Orientis
Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis
Process Church of the Final Judgement
Order of the Solar Temple
White Supremacist Religions
Church of Jesus Christ Christian
World Church of the Creator (Creativity Movement)
Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan 
Black Supremacist Religions
The Aetherius Society 
Church of Scientology
Urantia, Book of
Breatharianism (Air cult)
Faithists of Kosmon
Virus, The Church of
Parody or mock religions
Groups that poke fun at other religions or religion in general
Church of the SubGenius (The cult of Bob Dobbs)
Church of Jesus Christ Elvis
Fictional religions turned Parody
Jedi census movement
Flying Spaghetti Monster (Pastafarianism)
Invisible Pink Unicorn
Landover Baptist Church
Church of Emacs
See List of fictional religions
Forms of religion or alternative beliefs
Nonsectarian and trans-sectarian religious movements and practices
Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis
Confraternity of the Rose Cross
Surat Shabda Yoga
Ananda Marga Tantra-Yoga
Kabbalah (also part of Judaism)
Merkabah (also part of Judaism)
New Orleans Voodoo
Seid (shamanic magic)
Vaastu Shastra (Hinduism)