This I Believe

Gina - Scottsdale, Arizona
Entered on May 5, 2007

Religion

My philosophy on religion is that you don’t have to go to church to

believe in God. You can talk Him any place or any time. I believe that

when you are in a quiet, serene place like the beach listening to the waves,

or gazing up at the stars in the sky, or up in the mountains smelling the

wonderful pine trees, God is all around you.

When I was little, I used to go to Sunday school and did lots of

religious activities and learned songs, prayers, and poems. The prayer that

was my favorite was, “Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul

to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” My

favorite song was, “Jesus Loves Me.” I’m sure that both are still being

taught to young children today.

I would also like to learn more about different religions in the world.

I think it would be interesting to learn other people’s cultures and beliefs.

Next year when I go to Paradise Valley Community College, I’m taking a

class called “World Religion.” Some of my friends practice different

religions than I do, and I think it will be very interesting to learn more about

those faiths.

I am a Christian, which is the world’s largest religion. I believe God

has a reason for everything He does, even if we don’t understand it. For instance, when a loved one passes away, God has a reason why it was that

person’s time to go. Also, I believe God looks out for us; for example,

when I get out of a situation that could have been potentially disastrous, I

always say, “Thank God” after its over; I say that because I believe He was

looking out for me. I believe everyone has a guardian angel or two helping

to keep us safe. I believe my grandparents are my guardian angels.

In conclusion, I believe that religion, spirituality, and faith are

personal beliefs, and that everyone is entitled to worship in his or her own

way.