When it comes to faith and religion, I agree mainly with Kierkegaard (as was stated in my previous post) but I also agree with Nietzsche as well. The way I see it, there are three different types of people when it comes to faith and religion:
- Practicing believers: these people genuinely believe and they consider serving God as the basis of their lives. Indeed, God is the meaning in their life.
- Non-practicing, non-believers: these people hold on to a religion but for cultural or traditional purposes. A good example of this are the Jews. I myself have relatives that were part of the pioneers with the Mormons, and so I find myself within that heritage, but I myself don’t believe in the Mormon Doctrine but I don’t condemn them either. Also, these people may do religious things not because they believe, but because it’s part of their culture. For example, my relatives come from Vietnam and they’ll do “Buddhist” rituals, but no one understands Buddhism. They just do it because it’s part of their tradition.
- Non-practicing believers: People who genuinely believe but do not practice. This is just a guess, but I would imagine this is the majority of religious people (at least in the US). So they believe in the doctrines of the religion (which includes sins and religious duties), yet they fail to perform this duty. However, they don’t consider themselves to be sinners, they don’t repent, nor do they find anything that they did wrong even though their religion says it is wrong.
So here’s what I don’t get: I honestly don’t understand how people in number three can do this. How is it possible to believe in something, like God, yet continue to act and think as if there is no God, for example?