What the heck is a “Christian home,” anyway?

I was raised in a Christian home, whatever that’s supposed to mean. I guess it means we went to church on Sundays and never swore or talked about things like sex and pornography.

It also means I never had to think for myself. My parents believed in some god and so I believed in him too. Great. My spiritual life was all taken care of. No need to worry about that any longer. In the words of my best mate, Forrest Gump, “Well that’s good. One less thing.”

Over the years, however, I’ve learned that a Christian home is a Catholic home is a Muslim home is a… you get the point. They’re all the same in the regard that they tell their children what to believe.

Kids are impressionable little sponges, they are. And they’ll soak up anything their parents tell them. Talk about easy conversions. Boom, chalk another up for the parents.

I never really thought about my spiritual life until I was 23 years old. Think about that for a moment. If I live out my expected 81 years in Canada, that means I spent 28% of my life being completely ignorant of my so-called “faith.”

I love my parents—they are loving, accepting, intelligent, hard-working, good people—but I have a serious problem with telling your children what to believe. If you have something amazing in your life, of course you want to share that with those you love most. But when it comes to the spiritual side of things, people both young and old need to make their own decision. We need to know about all the options before we commit to basing our life around any single one of them.

I’m not Christian. Or Catholic. Or Muslim. Or Buddhist. Or any of the above. Put your list away. I’m not on it.

I have my beliefs, but I’m no better than anyone else. I suck at life just as much as the next person. But I’m learning as I go. And I’m keeping my mind wide open to new information, ideas, and experiences.

If our paths cross during this world tour of mine, please, I beg you, share your thoughts and beliefs with me.

I don’t know much, but I do know that I’m eager to listen to what you have to say.

(This article was inspired by How to Actually Talk to Atheists.)