No religion has all the answers and nothing ever will. The church is not holy because it was built by man. A grove of trees should be and in my opinion are more holy because it’s a part of nature. You could call a grove of oaks the church of God — that is if you believe in a deity.
Hot button issues like abortion and homosexuality is not something God takes sides on. That is something man takes sides on. When a posse kills a doctor that performs abortions or beats up a gay person and leaves them to die that is not something God condones.
The bible or any other holy book says a lot of things but never very clearly and is open to interpretation and as a result has given us some very terrible, violent results. These are books that are over 2,000 years old and as any history book will show you…cultures evolve. Today’s peoples share little in common intellectually or spiritually with the people who lived 2,000 years ago..even though some people would like to believe otherwise. You know who you are. Do you really want to believe these preconceived notions of these so called “hot button issues” when these people do nothing to harm you? Be smart and give this a little thought because that is honestly all it takes. Do you really want to have a mindset that is stuck 2,000 years in the past? I don’t.
People should not pour their self-appointed values and beliefs into religion because a belief with religious overtones have caused war, poverty, murder, both physical and emotional pain, exclusion and distrust among may other negative nouns. Would a God that is all loving want this? Would he want you to think you are better than others while all the while claiming that the chaff are equal to you and want to help them? Go walk around in a park and hand out loafs of bread to people, we’ll see how many of them want your virtuous help.
To make it clear, I’m not saying religion is false; I’m just saying don’t make it anything more than it should be or else you’ll corrupt the purity of what faith really is. If you choose to recognize that “divine spark” then make it personal between you and that spark. Make it private. Christians will tell you over and over again to develop your relationship with God…and then they want you to talk about it with them so they can grade that relationship like a term paper. As anyone in a long term relationship will tell you…it’s very complicating. Could you sum up a relationship you’ve had of five years or (imagine 20+ years!) more in a few sentences? Now apply that to something that is beyond mortal comprehension. Impossible. It’s personal and it’s quiet.
I’m ashamed that when I was a teenager I was fooled into thinking there was only one way of thinking — their way. I couldn’t understand why my beliefs were different from what I was supposed to believe in. I snapped out of it at age 15 but it still shames me that I was ever that foolish. I don’t deny what I feel and I’ve interpreted it in my own way. So should you. An organization is for the benefit of people who need to have a flock/pack/whatever mentality. We don’t all need that.
Some people may not even feel that spark and that’s okay too. I don’t feel that way so I won’t pretend like I can comment on it.