My relationship with religion is neutral at best.
I grew up in a christian family. Church and what not.
At the age of 9 I started to wonder more about ethnics and philosophy. It was at that point i experinced my first conversion to the catholic church.
I began to feel more at home there, but then i started to wonder more about the nature of God.
By the age of 12 i was top of my class in RS, my teacher said my ideas were far ahead of my age. I then started to see god as an 'excuss' and a
distraction. I started to right my own papers on subjects such as God, violence and the illusion of heirachy.
I then converted to buddhism. Buddhism helped me acheive peace, but there teachings completely went against my place in soceity. Why would any
religion see life and this enternal cycle as a bad thing?
At my current age of 13, i took together all my experinces and ideas on religion and molded it around my everyday life.
The result? my own religion( although aguably its more a way of life), Ofelistianity (The Benefiters)
The principles of Ofelistianity:
1: Help others Benefit from life
2: Benefit from life as much as you can, as long is it does not disable other peoples right to maximum benificty.
3: Happiness can only be achived from life, so the taking of life is an act of impeding happiness
4: Focus on obtaining jobs that benefit your community or the human race- self centered jobs impede other people happiness
5: Unless it is in a position that is agreed by everyone affected as a position that benefits everyone, do not control others or directly degrade
their free will.
These are just 5 of the 40 ideas in Ofelistianity. Its not a finished product yet, but i hope this is the only way i will acheive happiness.
I would like to know more about your troubles with finding a suitible religion or way of life so we can all learn and benefit from them