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No religion is better than another. If you try to be the best person you can be, why does it matter how you label yourself? If there is some type of afterlife, or God that claims to love everybody, he wouldn't send people to hell simply because they didn't dedicate their lives to him (some people aren't even educated enough to know about the depths of every religion anyways).

Our purpose in life is to create meaning. Looking for meaning in life is hard enough, and as we grow up, we realize sometimes you have to make your own. People live in constant fear they cannot find meaning, and that they will just die and that will be it. People live in fear of thinking they are not good enough, and they will go to some type of hell. Bad things happen to people, and they wonder why. They don't know who to turn to or how to go on. And sometimes, people simply feel alone and prefer to be in an organized religion to feel apart of something. All of these things have something in common. As humans, we like to feel like we're apart of something. Religion gives us meaning in our lives when we lack it. It reassures us we are living for something, It reassures us everything will be okay. It makes us feel safe. It gives us a sense of togetherness. That is the purpose of religion in my opinion.

Religion is exclusive. It basically gives you a set of rules. You're not living your life for yourself, or doing the things you want because of it. Sometimes, it even causes massive guilt and self-hatred. Most religion is very similar. The morals are all the same, they all originated around the same time, and the practices are even very alike. The only main difference is who they worship. Just different names. Just different Gods.

Today I went to the library and got several books on religion, myths, and philosophies out of pure curiosity. There are thousands of God's amongst all of them, and one is not better than the next. Every single person has a different perception of God. Even people in the same exact religion, or even the same church, have a different perception God. There is no right or wrong answer. But religion should not be exclusive! It should not make you feel bad about yourself! I chose to not label myself when it comes to religion, or anything really. I don't need the acceptance and recognition from the public, I am very sure of my own being. Once you label yourself, society sets standards for you. You're now a living stereotype. I prefer to live in mystery, and have people wonder. If you ask me a simple yes or no question such as "Do you believe in God?" I'm afraid I cannot answer that for you. I do not want to deteriorate your beliefs, and I don't want you to categorize me. But to be honest with you, I really don't have a religion. I believe things from a lot of different religions, and philosophies, and even some things from mythology and astrology. I figure if I just live my life with as much meaning as possible, and create my own meaning, I will die happy and be remembered. And if there is an afterlife, I will go there with great honor.

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