Sunday, 6 March 2011

Which Church?

I'm not entirely Christian. In fact, I don't think I'm entirely anything, and I reckon a lot of people could probably say the same. It's the whole; "I believe in something... somewhere....".

That's not to say I'm not interested in religion.

But I figure all that has been said before, so, onwards.
This Sunday I decided to accompany my friend Beth to one of our local Presbyterian churches, the West Church. In a way I felt a a bit of a fraud; it probably has something to do with standing in the pews, surrounded by a sea of earnest, hopeful faces and singing praises to the Lord.... whilst becoming more guilty by the minute for not truly believing any of it.

This is not West Church by the way, it's a photo I took of Yorkshire Cathedral. I wanted something church-like but I haven't actually got any others. Apologies.

Still, standing there like a vegetable wasn't really an option and I feel it was only polite to follow their rules, whilst on their turf.
Everyone was very friendly, which of course, was nice, and Beth was very helpful in explaining what was going on, and what everything was for.

Back A Bit..

Ooooh, backtrack, I should perhaps have mentioned the reason for my excursion into the spiritually fulfilling. Simply this; as part of my curriculum this year I took up R.M.P.S. (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) and for the second part of the course we learn about Christianity, Christ etc.
Now that we're coming up to exams, and everyone is realising that yes, to pass you have to study (and 'oh dear, what happened to the rest of the year?'), I thought what better way to do so than to get some first hand experience?

I have been to church before, but again, the feeling of hypocrisy drove me out. I was loath to say that I did believe in their God whenever I was asked, as I hate bending the truth (particularly in church, not very respectful), but hardly felt I could continue to go whilst proclaiming I felt no sympathy for their beliefs. Awkward.

Anyway, I'm going back again next week in order to widen my experience. It was really quite pleasant overall and in a way I'm quite looking forward to it.

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