Personal Narrative: My View On Religion

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When I was a child, going to church every Sunday was expected from me. I was always actively involved with my church in one way or another. Whether it was participating in their musical or going to a Christian camp in the White Mountains. My early life was heavily influenced by Christianity in many ways. But it all came crashing down when I left my church. Our favorite minister had retired and no one in my family felt the need to get up every Sunday morning and go to church. We stopped talking to the other members of our church and eventually, they stopped going too. Ever since then, my view on religion and faith has completely shifted. I remember waking up on Sunday mornings to the smell of breakfast waiting for me in the kitchen. My mom …show more content…
It took me many services at our church to realize what I was doing there. I started to remember why I even started going to church in the first place. I only went to church and became baptized because my parents wanted me to. It was rare that I ever voluntarily wanted to go to church. Every time that I was told to pray to God, I tried to picture sending my words up to heaven, but it never felt right when I was done. For years, every Sunday, I would sit impatiently and wait for our minister’s sermon to be over so I could steal donuts from the table at coffee hour. My church always felt like a familiar place, but never for the right reasons. I stopped going to church after my sophomore year of high school, but I will occasionally attend Christmas services to get in the spirit. When I look around, there are fewer people in the pews and the kids from Sunday school are all grown up. Nothing has changed, but in a way, everything has …show more content…
I will never be as involved with my church as I was in elementary school, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. If I had not been a part of my church’s community, I would have never been able to do so many interesting things. I would have never dreamed of traveling to Puerto Rico or New Orleans, but with my church, it was possible. Religion has taught me a lot about cultures and communities. As much as I fear that religion is becoming a business in some places, I know that there are so many fantastic churches around the country, who use God’s words for the right reasons. For some, religion is the most important thing in their life. But for people like me, they lose it just as soon as they understand

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