I have always considered myself to be agnostic or even atheist, however I often look on with some envy with the "peace" that "believers" seem to have in their life. I am in no way anti-God, though I do have a lot of issues with organized religion, but at the end of the day I am cool with whatever anyone wants to think as long as they don't force their opinions on me.
Recently I have been discussing some of this with my therapist. She is Christian, and would never force her beliefs on me, but since I brought it up we have been talking about it a little. Long story short, she suggested I watch the movie The Shack. It is about a man who is Christian but struggles with his faith and relationship with God. He has a tragic event in his life and experiences a lot of problems with guilt and anger. While on a mission to avenge his daughters death he ends up spending a weekend hanging out with God (played by a black woman), Jesus (played by a middle eastern man) and, I think, the Holy Spirit (played by an Native American woman). Through the various experiences he has he is able to learn to forgive himself and others, and understand that God is about love and acceptance, not judgement and is able to get some peace in his life.
I will admit, given my feelings on the subject, I went into the movie with a good deal of skepticism. I left feeling that I really needed to work on forgiveness and judgement in my life, both with myself and others. I also left with a spark of understanding of a possible place for God in my life. Overall it was a good very good movie that really helped me in those areas.
It is based on the book of the same name, so if you are more of a reader, you might want to check it out. The movie is fairly new and often shows at movie nights at various churches (that is where I saw it.)
Peace and Love,
Tyler "I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do it so a little got more and more. I just keep tryin' to get a little better, said a little better than before." Mr. Brownstone G-n-R Heck is where people go who don't believe in Gosh