Growing up as a kid, I was brought up as a “Christian.” I use Christian lightly because my parents only taught me the basic story of Jesus Christ. My main religion was being good at Christmas and Easter. That way Santa would bring me presents, and I would get eggs from the Easter bunny. In a way both these imaginary figures work as a religion themselves. Like a religion, they provide kids with learning early on how to believe in something that they cannot see. Finding out that Santa was not real, however, transformed my holidays forever. Just like parents have to deceive their own kids, I believe that deception is used within all religious communities to accumulate followers. While this may poorly reflect a religion, it also proves a point: every person who believes in religion on some level acknowledges that they could be believing in a fairy tale story like Santa Claus.
When I was in 5th grade I made an important discovery that changed the way I looked at religion. My personal experience was witnessing 9/11 from my grandparent’s house. On that day, like many Americans, I was filled with anger and my thoughts flooded with ideas of revenge. However, through all that pain and suffering I came to terms with what should matter the most. The most important treasure that anyone has to offer is life. When extreme Muslims took control of the planes and crashed them, they didn’t just kill thousands of men and women, they killed... [continues]
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