I had many questions and comments about faith, religion and God. I did not answer many of them with too much details just because usually this would started discussions without too much connection to survival, but with lots of hate and anger.
Today I want to talk a bit about this.
Of course faith and religion played big part of survival when SHTF, but maybe not like most of the people would guess.
One of the questions that I had few times is „did the folks who had faith cope better with everyday problems?“ Answer is probably „yes, most of them“.
But I also must say that lots of people who had lots of faith and were good folks died with terrible deaths too.
I knew more than one man, some whole families who died, or lost family members simply because they had attitude „it is gonna be what God wants it to be, and we can not do too much“.
I always prefered attitude that „ I ll do whatever I could and rest is not in my hands anyway“.
Just like everything in normal life and especially in survival situations you have to put effort in to make it. In survival it is not about a promotion or more money, it is about seeing one more sunset or making sure your kids have chance to grow up and see adulthood.
I know guy who was real warrior and tough dude, he didnt care too much about rules, what is right and what is wrong. So you can imagine that he did whatever he wanted to do in that time, including some very bad stuff.
He survived and later I heard that he completely devoted his life to religion. I see him from time to time, standing in front of the local center, with religious literature in hands, trying to talk with folks.
He looks 20 years older then he really is. Small guy talking about salvation.
His tattoos on fingers look strange compared with literature that he holds with those same fingers. I talked with him, he said that every night people who he „sent“ to other world visit him, and he talks with them. Every night.
He said that he accepts that as a part of punishment, adding that he is aware that bigger part of punishment is waiting for him on „other side“.
You need to have faith in something when SHTF. It does not matter what religion or what you believe in, it can be you. You will experience situations where you have to make very hard choices and others where you experience things that are hard to imagine. Without some believe it would be very hard, and simply you risk to turn yourself into animal.
One thing is for sure: be ready to pay for whatever you did, sooner or later. I tried to stay on right „side“ and to do good only.
But you ll see that doing only good when SHTF and survive is impossible, so you gonna be forced to to some things that are wrong, and that you do not like.
And be prepared to pay for that, maybe day after, or maybe 20 years after. But those demons gonna find you.
Groups of people during survival situation and religion
In the beginning days religion had important role in creation of groups. Religion also had strong impact on how groups reacted and what kind of things they did.
But here is few very important things to be aware of. To have group strongly based on religion did not always mean that they were good guys.
Actually very often I saw and had „bussines“ with different kind of groups who called themselves „strong believers“ and still they were doing very bad things, just in the name of God.
So you could easily see guy who considered himself strong religious man, who killed children.
I am talking here about all kinds of religion. I saw all kinds of examples. Do not (always) mix good things and religion. In normal times it means the same maybe, but when SHTF things gets twisted and some groups gonna use religion to justify attrocities they commit.
Of course I saw also examples of religious guys who died trying to save someone, because they tried to do what is right.
Aftermath and religion
As I said many times, people cope with bad things from the past in many ways.
And I must say here that I know lot of people who find their peace in religion. Most of them who I know from SHTF and 20 years before who become really religious guys are real believers, and kind of people that you can call in short „good people“.
Another guy who has become involved in religion based center for addiction recovery told me that as more as he work with worst kind of addicts, he is becoming more free from listening to screams from the past every night.
I am quite sure that he was reason for some of those screams that he is still hearing. Simply on one or other way you gonna have to pay price for what you did.
In short I think religion can be very helpful if it is not twisted. It can be like set of personal values guide someone and help to see light when all world around has turned to darkness.
What role does religion play for you when you think about coming collapse?