I was born and raised in Italy, the heart of Christianity and like many people, I have been baptisted when I was a few months old. Nothing wrong with that.
My mom was never really a Christian, but baptism seemed more a tradition than a religious ritual.
I have been raised with the belief that I was always going to choose what was right for me and no one would have ever forced me to do something I didn’t believe in.
I went through a period where I was going to church very often, volunteering to be an altar server, mostly because I was getting free “bread”. At 11 years old, I chose to take the first sacrament, the first communion. All of my friends were doing it and it felt like the right thing to do at the time, even though I was already starting to question myself on many aspect of the religion.
That was my last connection with the church and Christianity altogether.
I am 21 years old now, I have developed faith in what I call “the Universe”, where nothing is right or wrong, but just is. I believe in many things that Christianity profess to be evil, I believe in gay rights, I believe that sex is not only for procreation, I believe that Heaven and Hell do not exist and I believe that Christianity is just a bunch of rules put down by the human race which couldn’t stand the idea of not knowing what was going on.
I can call myself a spiritual if that makes it easier, but there are many reasons why I think that every religion was made without the help of God.
God, Buddha, Jehovah, the Universe or simply Energy, is pure love. We all are pure energy and there is nothing wrong in believing that God is your God, or Buddha is your God, as long as you do not hurt others because of your beliefs, as long as you love everyone, that is absolutely fine.
The reason why I decided to send a letter to my church, asking to be removed from the lists of Christians, is because of what that religion represents today.
By saying that, do I believe that if you support gay rights, you are not Christian? No, I do not believe that. You can definitely call yourself Christian if you like to do so, but that is not what the Catholic church professes, and I do not want to be counted as part of the 2billion Christians in the world. If I believe in God, I can do so, without being part of a cult that is not spreading love 100%, like I want to do.
If you are interested about this, a wonderful book to read is Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch.
That said, the Vatican City is enclosed right in the heart of Italy and being Christian there, is nothing more than an old tradition.
The day Italy will legalize same sex marriage, is going to be a very happy day and a massive step towards a more compassionate humanity.