For as long as I can remember I’ve always believed in God. I was brought up in the Christian faith, went to church every Sunday, was baptised & started to receive holy communion from the age of 10.
It was only as I got older that I started to have a lot of questions regarding the hegemonic struggle between the various religions and how some cases have resulted in wars. I believe myself to have had a very informed and culturally aware upbringing, as growing up in London ensured that I had many friends from an abundance of backgrounds. This evidently equipped me with background knowledge on the different religions that existed. It was at this point when I started to draw comparisons between the different sects and faiths which all seemed to share the same basic structure, to me this felt like much more of a coincidence.
To cut a long story short, I believe in God but I do not believe in religion. Religion is a man-made concept, that over the years has been used to divide and conquer, God is love not war. So although, I may still base my faith on Christian values and morals, I refuse to let labels become a barrier to peace, love & harmony.