So I'm sitting in my new apartment, eating ramen noodles 'cause I haven't been grocery shopping yet, and chatting with people on my favorite vampyre forum, and a friend pops up with the fact that a Christian friend of hers thinks she's possessed because she won't convert to Christianity. This triggers an interesting, very deep conversation about religion, teachings, and choices -  which, of course, has its moments of argumentative speech. Someone else says that it's a really difficult subject because there's no proving who's right. 

Why does there have to be one answer? I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school for years. I've had friends who were Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, atheist, agnostic, Wiccan, Pagan, and various other faiths. While we certainly discussed religion, we didn't argue about it all the time, and our religions never prevented our friendship. 

Here's a thought: What if the "right" religion is an individual choice? People's minds and spirits aren't all the same, so why should our answers be? Religion is an explanation of how the universe works, and a basis of how to be a good person. As long as it fulfills that function, what does it matter which god or goddess a person worships, or whether they worship at all? Everyone's entitled to an opinion, and this is mine. If we were to all stop worrying about who's right and what everyone else believes and worry about our own happiness and fulfillment and how we interact with others, then things would all work a lot better. 

Now, I'm not saying that religion should be an avoided topic. In fact, religious discussion and conversation can be enlightening, enriching, and helpful. It can provide someone with a new point of view that they might not have considered before, or give them a new perspective on a problem. But the key word is "conversation." When someone starts preaching, the conversation is over.