Originally Posted by Starblossom Numinant:
Thanks for your feedback. Your viewpoint is the exact same one that I have held myself for many, many years. And you know what? I'm not a very happy person.
So I may as well further explore what is out there before I completely reject all religions...which I probably will end up doing, but at least I will be making an informed decision
. If I can't find an organized religion, I want to find some alternative way of expressing my spirituality.
IMO, you are looking for religion for the wrong reasons. You appear to be unhappy, so why not thoroughly analyze your life and make a list of things that make you unhappy and go from there? Adopting a religion in your situation instead of trying to get to the root of your problems doesn't sound like the answer. Turning to religion to as a form of escapism to cope with your problems
is no different than turning to drugs, alcohol, or anything else; in either situation, you are turning to something unrelated to the underlying problem, as opposed to directly addressing the real issues you're facing.
This is not to say that turning to religion wouldn't make you happy, because there's a chance it could. However, I believe it's possible to find a more permanent, reliable happiness by introspectively analyzing your problems in order to find out the real reason(s) for your unhappiness.
You don't appear to truly believe any of the theories of God, so why adopt a religion in which you don't really believe? One should form her beliefs pertaining to the existence of God based on rational, objective analysis of the facts, by asking if there is a solid basis for believing in the teachings... not as an attempt to deal with problems that should be tackled directly. That is the only way to make an "informed" decision.
You seem to attribute your unhappiness to your lack of religious beliefs. Why? You don't need a crutch! You have all the tools you need to be happy! If you do some extensive research on a religion and are thoroughly convinced its teachings are correct, then by all means, become a member! But please, try to find out why you are really unhappy, and don't use religion as a form of escapism.