I have pretty much being to many churches, some for just a day and attended others for years, and Christianity has being a big part of me since birth- still is, but in a different perspective. Kenya is a religious country. We have Christians, Muslims, Indians and many other faiths in our state. Now, if I am filling some official forms then I would identify myself as Christian if that information is required, but at the end of the day, I don’t consider myself religious.
Religion is a sensitive topic to discuss since most people feel like it’s their identity being attacked, ie-something that has guided their lives up to where they are now. I understand that since I have battled with my inner self in order to get to my decision on non-religiousness. I do have my set of beliefs though. I believe in doing good, being kind and humble, respecting people no matter their race, gender, convictions and so on. I also consider myself a freethinker .This is where my concern with religion started. You can’t be both. You can’t a free thinker and also a devout.
A freethinker: A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority or established belief.
As a person who champions for the equality of genders, who thinks that gay people are humans by their own rights and deserve same treatment as the rest of the world, loves tattoos [don’t have them but I think they are cool], thinks that people should get remarried after divorce [ read mark 10:11-12] and many other things which are contrary to what the bible states, I find myself at a loss of what my Christianity means because at the end of the day I believe some rules and standards set in there enhance cruelty to people like feminists, gays, divorcees etc. Related-Is the bible sexist
I also believe that what makes a freethinker is not his beliefs , but the way in which he holds them. If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free:but if he finds a balance of evidence in their favour, then his thought is free, however odd his conclusions may seem.
People confuse a person who’s non-religious for an atheist. This I not necessarily true. If I was describe myself I would go with rationalist. I like logic and reason in arguments and general life matters. Anything that can be justified then its real to me.