This I Believe

Bob - Westford, Massachusetts
Entered on January 8, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in God. When I wake up in the mornings and see that orange glow come over the horizon to the east I know there is a God. When I’m in Chicago with my family I know there is a God. Everyone is gathered and everyone is jubilant and happy. I would like to think that when I die that there will be a place for me to go. This place I believe is heaven. I hope when I die things don’t just go black. Along with this ,however, I believe that religion serves as a foundation for almost all the morals people have. Commandments and guidelines set by many religions give one something on which to base one’s morals around. For example one of a person’s strongest moral they should not have the urge to kill. The 6th Commandment reminds you of this. Religions other than Christianity do this for you as well. Judaism is strong with morals and so is the strict Muslim code. In recent years however, many people have stopped going to church and believing in religions. This has led to the rise in crimes in the United States, including murder and drug abuse. As parents stop going to church and stop forcing their kids to go as well the population in the US does not have anything enforcing their morals. People in the inner cities don’t have easy access to many churches and the ones that they do usually don’t provide “top quality services”. Most often when I go to church I am there with people 5 times my own age. These people, who are in their 60s and 70s, have most often times led a morally strong life. When you lead a morally strong life I believe that you can avoid trouble with the law and many other troubles, especially involving marriage. In this day and age more than 50% of married couple ore divorced. I believe married couples who participate in religion have a much better chance of staying married. Going to church and believing in one thing together is a powerful thing that I believe can hold two people together forever. I have first hand experience of this because my parents go to church together, and it is something they both strongly believe in. The underlying principle behind religion and morals is your conscience. If you loose sight of your morals you will start to block it (your conscience) out. I personally know that my conscience is still working. When I was younger and still now when I do something that I know is morally wrong I feel like there is a pit in my stomach. This is my conscience telling me I have done something wrong. When I lied to my mom when I was little about stealing my sisters conscience, a minor thing but still wrong, I felt as though I had to tell my mom, and I did.

Believing in a god and participating in religion are great ways to strengthen your conscience. This will help you make more morally benefiting decisions that will ultimately make your life more enjoyable. So when I see that sun in the west setting over the horizon I know there is a god and I know he/she is what makes me and all other religious people morally sound.