Does religion have any bearing on your decision to submit? If not, are you familiar with religious based submission and do you view it as similar to other types of submission or dissimilar?
I was brought up in a Christian household. I had the traditional 1950s values instilled in me as my parents are the ages of others in my generation’s grandparents. As an adult, I converted to Catholicism.
There are many similarities within BDSM to the Church. A cycle of punishment and redemption. I strongly believe due to my religious upbringing and having an abusive childhood, I turned out kinky. Who knows?! Maybe those aren’t the reasons, but it makes sense to me.
As far as faith currently? I believe in God. I consider myself “spiritual, not religious.” I struggle with believing in Heaven being a location with golden streets. I struggle with Hell even being real. Why would a loving God send anyone to Hell? (And I have a theology minor…) That’s just me keeping it real. Faith is a struggle. The little box that Christianity puts God into may be too small for my God. I speak love to the Universe. Love comes back to me.