Religion has become a bad word. It did have a lot of respect that went with it, but that is no more. The days of blind faith are both here and gone.
Many people who believe, don't know why (blind, while others don't believe in anything and are basically blind AND lost.
Build up a system of personal beliefs, faiths, ideas, and proofs. You'll be much wiser, happier, and fulfilled over time, but it will take a while.
I'm still in the middle of my transformations, but I'm making a lot of progress. The road will always be bumpy, but you need to remember that you
have 4 wheel drive.... and 4 wheeling is fun!
Taoism is currently considered a religious practice, but is actually a set of ideas that challenges that basic beliefs that people hold. i.e. Lau
Tzu (writer/founder of Taoism) believed that he existed on the dark side of the moon. What does that mean? Well, he believed that everyone else
assumed that they were "going towards the light," while they were actually being burned by the light of the sun. By admitting that he was on the
dark side of the moon, Lau Tzu could finally get a hold of his life and start making his own path towards "the light that doesn't burn."
In all, Taoism is a set of beliefs that encourages balance in one's life, flow with nature, the ever presence of the Tao (some say God, the Way,
eternity/infinity, etc), and kinship with all life... and non-life. The cockroach is as important as the human, is as important as the rock, is as
important as the corn, is as important as the clock. Wow, sorry to go Dr. Suess on you. I just noticed I did that. It is a good set of beliefs, but
it has its downfalls... many coming from trying to make it a religion (in my opinion).
"hmm, maybe also because God wants to weed out all the bad people and uses Satan for his warden. Jeez religion sure is confusing, I feel so lost
Actually, that sounds like the movie Bedazzeled. It is a good movie, but not necessarily true. Religion is confusing because a committee of people
came up with it. Think of our House of Reps, Senators, Presidents, Parliments, UN, etc... basically every body of government creating a piece of a
religion. You end up with a giant mess where no one agrees and no one is right. That's what has happened with religion. We are stuck with a lot of
laws that no one likes, but others that you can't seem to live without.
Finally, I'd like to say that you need to put away the idea of God fighting Satan. God doesn't have to fight anything. If God wanted to, He could
have blinked Satan from existance and nothing ever would have happened. This assumes 2 conclusions... there is no Satan (perhaps just an internal
one) or Satan has no bearing on God's decisions. ... That brings up a good point... you have decisions and so does God. You need to choose to
respect God's decisions as well as your own. Ultimate freedom can seem like a curse, but ultimate freedom comes with everyone else's ultimate
freedom and that again leads to the committee problem.
Fortunately, we won't make the Falicy of Composition. That is, the assumpt that the 'parts' always have the same function as the 'whole'... such
as a 'gear' has the same objective as the 'clock' that it runs. A gear really has nothing to do with the measurement of time, but the whole of
the clock does. It is not a great example, but it will have to do for now. In summation, and explanation, God does not depend on us for his purpose,
but God might not have a purpose if creations like us didn't exist.
Think of this: You are all-powerful and there is nothing but you (period)--emptiness of sorts. After a short while, wouldn't you be lonely? Do you
have a purpose if nothing else exists? Essentially, you just "ARE." There is nothing wrong with the state of "BEING," but if you had the
opportunity, wouldn't you become more? Well, stepping back into your mortal body, here "you" "are." You are proof of the only thing you know
for certain. YOU EXIST. I could try to argue that "I" exist, but you could be skeptical and not believe me (like you were stuck in the Matrix).
So, to create purpose, God had to extend Himself to become more than a virtual "nothingness." You are part of that result of God's decision.
I'm sure there is more to it, but for now, I'm satisfied with that answer until I come up with a better question