“Religious” beliefs are becoming increasingly confusing for me. For every single religious opinion there is an opposing or differing opinion until you come to the basic moral law, essentially the golden rule, most all religions agree on this one.
Each religion seems to make a fair amount of sense in its own vacuum, context or culture. You could imaging being born in a relatively secluded culture and easily finding peace and security in those ideas, ideals, traditions and peculiar spiritual laws. But once you take most any of these religious traditions out of their own vacuum and compare them in the light to all the other religious traditions and opinions, they all together start to look a little…confused… especially while each one is claiming the “Only True Way” and warning against all the others.
Unfortunately isolation seems to work well for preserving religious traditions. As a common person in a religion it seems keeping your head down and staying narrowly focused, essentially practicing confirmation bias within that religion, is what works well for maintaining a specific faith. This does not make sense to me. Shouldn’t an absolute & universal truth have more cohesiveness? Maybe we should all be Unitarians?
I have no love for “religion”, I know others get a lot of fulfillment and benefit from it, but I am just not wired that way. I do not enjoy or get fulfillment from group activities. Church and religion take away from me spiritually. I have no desire, nor do I think it to be the will of God to seclude myself in a peculiar religion and limit the majority of my social interaction to that specific sect while looking at the rest of the world as “out to get us” or dangerous to our moral fabric.
So what’s the answer for me? How do I search for spiritual truth? How do I connect to God, keep myself morally upstanding and help those in need?