By: Chinasa Nwankwo, 7th Grade
I believe that religion is flexible.
I was born and raised an Catholic so I was surrounded by that. But besides the influences I had at church I also had other influences like at school or the people I met, and that influenced my mindset confusing me which way was the right path. I had to use logic to ground myself in what I believe. Due to that I never generally took it seriously and just chose to do what I wanted when it came to religion.
I went to Sunday School for the first time last year or so and my teacher said something that helped me personally understand religion. She said how Christianity or religion as a whole is personal and how one takes it is different for every person. When I heard that it made me think how I viewed religion and what principles I want to base my life off of.
Depending on what your religion is there is a basis to what you believe. It's like a slab of wood. You can use each slab or belief you have to build on each other and make something, in this case it's what you believe, and how you see religion. I believe in something other Catholics might not but if I take it from a logical sense they have their own certain beliefs and I have mine as long as we have the same basis then we are both still fellow Catholics.
Religion is foundational, you build from on top of it. There are people who could be from the same religion that believe very different things, and that may seem wrong. However, we should still be understanding and acknowledge their view. Religion is not only flexible but personal as well, it grows and changes as you do.