Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Should Religion be a Chore?

More than once I have come across somebody who seems to find their religion a chore.

To me, a chore is something that you know that you 'have to' do, but don't really 'want to' do, although you always feel better after you've done it.

For example, I have known more than one person (from various religions) who go to church once, twice or even three times a week, and yet view this as a chore. They feel as if they have to, but they don't really want to, yet they feel good about it once they've been.

Should religion be like that?

Personally I know that if I came to view my religion in such a way I would definitely pull back from it for a while and think 'hey, is this what I really want?'

Yet others may trudge on. I can think of one friend in particular who is constantly complaining about having to go to Bible class, Church etc. and yet once she has been she is always very happy. Which is great. But the continuous up and down must be tiring!

So, do you feel as though your religion/religious practices can sometimes seem to be a chore to you? If your religion ever came to feel like a chore, would you continue on, or step back?

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