(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)
Many, many people believe in something – some form of higher power. My personal bent is belief in some guy that died 2000 years ago, came back to life, and mediates between me and the creator of the universe. Some believe in Mohammed, some Buddha, some people are Hindu… there are many, many more religions and things to believe on this earth.
If I’m a betting man I must believe that you are a believer in one of those religions I’ve listed above. I could be wrong – don’t hold that against me – I’m just betting the odds.
Now assuming that you are in one of those belief systems – I have to believe that you also have to want to be better at whatever your religion is – a better Christian, a better Muslim, a better Jew or what have you. If you aren’t striving to improve, then you really might be a fake. Again I apologize.
Following my reasoning, given you want to improve yourself, given that you are probably in some form of belief system, then it goes to follow that nearly EVERY ONE of these religions has as a fundamental tenant that you should not accumulate stuff for the sake of accumulating stuff. Having substantially more than you need is immoral no matter what seat you are sitting in.
So by choosing a Spartan-like life you are also choosing to be closer and more consistent to your belief system.
Doesn’t that make attending your normal religious services feel that much better?
You bet it does.