Author's Note: Before I even start writing about religion, I just want to say that this is opinion and experience, and it's not meant to offend anybody. I have just been annoyed by how some people speak so negatively about religion without knowing what it's actually about.
Religion is a topic that is widely debated. Some call it a human flaw, while others, like me, call it faith. To me, religion is a way of coping and is something that makes life worth living. If you have no goals in life, what is the point of living it? Without my religion I honestly think that life wouldn't be as much as an adventure.
For Catholics like me, our goal in life is to make our way into Heaven. It's something to look forward to instead of being afraid of death and failure. Through my religion, I am able to accept failure because I know that God has a path for all of us, and that path is to succeed. It's the choices we make that bring us to the next stage of life and that determines if we succeed or fail. Think of it as a game. The goal of the game is to make it to the top, or Heaven. To make it to the top, you need to answer the questions correctly, or in this case make the correct decisions. The more questions you get wrong, the more you fall. Just like how the more bad decisions you make, the farther you are from reaching Heaven. Thinking of it in this way definitely makes life more of an adventure. Before making a decision I can think to myself, "will this lead me closer to my final destination?" Without my religion, I wouldn't have this option. I'd just be making decisions with no purpose. I'd just be a piece of dust in the wind. I'd be useless, and so would my decisions.
Religion makes you feel like a somebody, even when you're feeling down. You can pray for healing, whether it's mental or physical, and God can guide you in the right direction. Some may think I'm crazy, but I'm not. Praying to God makes me feel better mentally. If I make a mistake, I know that somebody forgives me. If somebody passes away, I know somebody is there for me. God is like a best friend who never leaves your side. He's there permanently, and he will never go away. Knowing somebody is there helps through every stage of life. The day I'm on my death bed, I will know that God has always been there for me, and that he's been my main purpose in life. I love him to death and he loves me too.
So, next time you want to complain about how religion is a, "human flaw," think twice. There are people like me who wouldn't be the same person without their religion. Everybody is free to choose what they want to follow and what they don't want to follow, but there is no need to try to get people to believe that they are making some mistake for following their heart. Religion is amazing. I can say that being a Catholic has made me a better person. Bottom line is that religion is NOT a human error. It is something to cherish and to be thankful for. Whether you follow it or not, it's there for a reason, and a good reason at that.