I'm pretty sure I've never admitted it here but when I was in high school and searching for myself...I got involved with some girls that were VERY into religion. And when I say "some girls" I mean - every girl in my class because in my small town that means about 10 of us. We were all Catholic and to be confirmed you had to put in a certain amount of hours doing "faith work". All 10 of us signed up for a youth conference that lasted an entire weekend to fulfill our faith work quota.
We all went - and not very happily might I say. I mean really? Why would a bunch of teenagers want to spend an entire weekend for religion?
BUT for about 5 of us - it changed something in us and we connected with many people there.
And we signed up for more. And more. And more. We were well known in the circuit. And for me, after a while - it seemed a bit cult-like and it lost its luster and I burned out and I stopped going.
One girl - the prom and homecoming queen, Miss Perfect - never grew out of it. She preached religion every time she turned around. You could have hated her for it if she wasn't so nice.
Today - I still keep in touch with her via Facebook. She married a doctor. Surprise, surprise. She does speaking engagements on marriages and religion. She's still perfect.
Excuse me while I go throw up in my mouth.
Just this weekend - I wrote this status on my Facebook wall.
Interesting...I was reading about a woman's reading with a psychic. Do we even have those around here? I've never heard anyone talk about them locally.
Yes, the woman I was reading about was a blogger. It spiked my curiousity. Nothing more, nothing less. Pretty harmless. Yes?
Well - not according to my old high school friend. She sent me this private message:
I wanted to warn you of the dangers of dabbling in mysticism, psychics, palm readers, and divination. I have recently been reading in the old testament and all that stuff was around back then and it is vehemently warned against and admonished. I hope you know that I am warning u out of care and concern for u and your fam. I unfortunately had to watch a family member get deep into Wicca and witnessed her wedding performed by a witch and am thus pretty sensitive to this stuff and don't want anyone to dabble bc it's such a slippery slope. I of course have my own sins and temptations that I struggle with so please don't take my email as righteous but know it is outof love. Have a good weekend.
Oh my God. It made me laugh. I mean I didn't know whether to keep laughing or be angry and insulted. Or maybe jealous that there's nothing in my life that I feel so passionately about that I would randomly email such a thing.
I replied to her:
Thanks! I wasn't going to see one - just thought it odd that no one around here even talks about it. Was just curious if it was only a big city thing.
I kept it short - afraid that if I didn't I might tell her to f*ck off or something and that would surely condemn me to hell faster than a psychic could predict it. To which she replied:
There are psychics near u for sure. U can even find them in small towns. People think they are harmless fun and it makes me sad bc I did research and have a little experience and know how dangerous it is.....very very Contrary to our Christian beliefs. Thanks for listening.
The funny thing is - when she says "our" Christian beliefs....she makes the assumption I share HER beliefs. Of which I no longer do. Shoving shit down people's throats is a reason why sometimes ANY kind of religion turns me off.
I have faith. Stronger than many realize. I just don't feel the need to tell everyone about them. Or email anyone on Facebook privately about them.
Anyway - I still can't decide what I even feel about her message. It wasn't meant in anger or to be mean and I know that. I think I'm just surprised at some people's passion and balls.
What do you think? Are you this passionate about your faith? Would this message from a random high school friend have made you angry? Or do you think it's just funny?
The only thing I do know is that she inadvertently gave me blog material. That's always a good thing.
And yes - FYI - I'm not against psychics in any way. I'd totally see one and I just might. It's interesting to me. I don't want to know when I'm going to die or anything cryptic like that but it could be fun to know if I'm going to win the lottery right? Ha!
Have you guys ever seen a psychic?