As a Christian, many of our answers are laid out in black and white in the Bible, but life still leaves me with many questions. I have always believed that the reason for all unknowns is because God knows we need to think, consider and discover all the small mysteries of the Universe. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we knew everything about it?
I come from a varied and unusual religious path. A large part of what I learned about religion growing up was to do my own investigations and make my own decisions about my beliefs.
Upon consideration of many different religions, there is the theory that we are all seeking the same god no matter which church we chose. There is the school of thought that states that we are looking for happiness, love and how to be a good person, and most religions discuss these ideas.
I was once in a Yoga class and the teacher was surprised to find out that I am a Christian. Because of interactions she had previously with another Christian woman, she thought there was a problem with a Christian doing Yoga. Interesting, because I pull my faith into Yoga. When it is time to set my intention, I am often speaking to God. So this got me thinking.
What about Buddhism? My interest sent me off reading on the internet. What I determined was that Buddhism, while it can be considered a religion, is more a way of life and of personal growth. Are there any other paths that might be able to be crossed without large moral conflict? Native Americans do not attend regular services, have a “church” or define precisely who their deity is. Can Christianity somehow be combined with this? Is the defining factor the lack of a distinct higher power within one religion in order to somehow work within the context of a second?
It reminds me of a family I used to know. The mother was a (largely non-practicing) Jewish woman and the father was a (largely non-practicing) Christian man. Their children celebrated Hanukah and Christmas. I don’t know if they were raising their children to be open to either idea or if they just wanted the best of both worlds.
We should be the ones to decide how we practice our faith and why. Most of us probably have a clear cut idea about following one religion exclusively, but what happens if the line isn’t so black and white? What happens if we become a Yoga practicing Christian?