I believe in an Indescribable God who takes care of the world through creatures. So he takes care of animals on earth by hoping man will be responsible for the planet’s environment. He takes care of man, maybe by arranging the initial conditions of the Big Bang so that some advanced alien race would end up evolving before man that would watch over man from a distance until first contact could be made.
I think Christianity can be a good stop in a spiritual journey but for me I feel like the imagery is inspirational but that I’ve matured spiritually beyond that. But I think it can be helpful for many people.
I just thought Lent might help me practice more self-discipline and control.
As practiced by Catholic Christians, Lent has two aspects. One is “negative” – to identify something that we’d like to improve in ourselves. The other is “positive” – to do something that will help me to grow or to help others.
Lent is typically a time when we fast, eating less or cutting out favorite foods in order to improve on our tendency to overeat and to identify with those in our world who are often hungry). Another lenten practice is giving money to the poor or volunteering to help the poor or underprivileged in some way. A third type of lenten practice is to take extra steps to draw nearer to God through prayer, reading the bible, and so on.
For a non-Christian, any of these typical practices are possible. Many people fast from one meal a day or one day a week and give the money to a charitable organization. See, for example, Oxfam’s Fast for a World Harvest at the following link: oxfamamerica.org/whatyoucando/act_now/fast. Or you can volunteer at a local food pantry or soup kitchen or some other organization that helps the poor, hungry, children at risk, etc. Even if you’re not a Christian, you can learn a lot about being a better human being from reading the life of Jesus in the gospel according to Matthew or John in the bible, for example. Hey, we might even find you back on the message board as a brand new follower of Jesus!
Hello there, You certainly can get something out of it. If you do it for Jesus I’m sure he will reward you. And handsomely reward you. Be sure to pray to him as part of your lent and he’ll bless you. Do a little study of the catholic faith too. God bless and I’ll include you in my lent.