I’m not a religious person, I’m certainly against religion as a concept, but there is one sense in which I do find an appealing and worthy religiosity that’s not actually religiosity.
My stance on faith is that there are two kinds of faith:
- The religious kind of faith: Devotion to an external God and what he supposedly tells you
- The non-religious kind of faith: Faith pertaining the self or a sense of the divine without any religion
I prescribe faith in the form of self-faith, by which I actually mean belief. Belief as in something referring to self-identity, and faith as in a kind of connection to the spiritual and/or spiritual strength pertaining to the self, like how each forges his own heaven. In fact, I have very little respect for those who think belief isn’t a big deal, even in the modern age, because belief is important, it’s is part of self-identity, or is identity, that which you are absorbed in or anchor yourself with as opposed to going with the flow and drifting away, because it makes you who you are.
Part of me is thinking that many religious imagery is merely misplaced to refer to ideas of God outside and religious faith, but it could still refer to the divine inside, the divinity of the self, the spark we all have. I don’t believe the idea of giving that up to an external God makes sense, especially if said God created us with that.
Speaking of deities, I personally see deities as personal and mythological emanations that both refer to things in this world and draw from the spiritual. They don’t have any objective, external existence, their existence is usually egregoric, and they can serve as frameworks of understanding or personal ritual and vessels of nature veneration. Nature itself can also be seen as being divine in itself in the sense that, as I feel, it should be venerated because it is the matrix into which all souls and bodies are born and without it we cannot experience life and take from it afterwards.
Usually the opposite of faith is “sin”. In the sense of religion, sin is a mythical concept designated to refer to disobedience towards “God”. But in a non-religious sense, you could use it to refer to a betrayal of personal integrity, values, and identity, usually a deep betrayal at that. Not referring to any religious disobedience, but self-betrayal, though it could just as easily refer to any kind of serious moral crime.
I feel faith need not be submission to an external God or a belief in a messiah, I propose faith in one’s self, faith as personal spiritual sense, will, and strength, and belief and self-identity. You could use the word faith, but it would be useful to distinguish from religion with secular words like belief or self-faith, which would refer to what I am trying to describe. Perhaps, something pertaining to a spark out of which a spiritual world may flow. Perhaps self-identity taken as spiritual.
Of course, I mock the religious version of this, which entails faith that some cosmic man makes things happen in this world, can be prayed to for anything, and is in charge of your soul, particularly Christian ideas that this cosmic man will fight another cosmic man in this world and destroy the world.
If any fight is to take place, it would be more likely to take place in the individual spiritual sphere and nowhere else. That’s why it is better to have a kind of internal faith and belief pertaining towards the self and ones own individual sphere.