You’re not an atheist just because you don’t believe in organized religion. And you’re not agnostic if you believe in God. You believe in God but reject a one-and-only prophet (Christianity or Islam) that is the only way to heaven and redemption.
The organized believers would damn you and your soul for not believing as they believe and thinking like they think for it’s not about questioning their faith, it’s you causing them to question theirs.
If you have to constantly praise God and the prophet of the organized religion then your faith is weak and you’re actually praying you’re right. Having true faith and believing comes from the heart and cannot be shaken or taken from you. You don’t have to wear it on your sleeve.
The posers only want to tell you how to run your life when they cannot even run their own. They set half thought out rules for people to live by, like abortion and homosexuality, without even understanding why; they have no awareness and don’t want it because it causes them to question what they are doing.
“Blind” faith is not blind; it’s prejudicial and even bigoted in some case whether the beliefs are right or left, religious or atheist. These people are happy enough to tell you how to live your life but tell you where to put it when it comes to being told how to run their lives.
There are people who don’t have anything to believe or have faith. They are not “lost” – they just haven’t found their place to stand. Religion is something to believe in because it’s so vague that you have to take it on faith and pretty soon that faith spreads to your own personal efforts. These people cannot be dictated to, but you can stand up and say, “I believe and this is why” and let these people find what they need.
Teach, don’t dictate.
I grew up with Christian beliefs and I have grown past them because, for the most part, Christianity is hollow. The core beliefs? All Jewish. Christmas and Easter? Holidays already popular and hijacked from other cultures to earn favor and gather power. The Bible? Edited to preserve a single point of view of the writers.
You go before God and God denies you entry to heaven
You ask why and say you followed Jesus’ teaching and had faith and were obedient
You tell God He owes you as if a debt was created thru blind faith and obedience
God tells you, “ those weren’t My words and not my desire”
God says no one speaks for Him or binds him
God says you failed to understand what was desired.
God says you are His children and He wants you to grow up, to find your own way and to become an adult and stand with him. Childhood does not last forever and to think otherwise is deceiving yourself.
God reminds you that His Word begins with Judaism and those teachings; that prophets are never ending so that humanity can learn and grow and be able to stand beside God the way angels do. Jesus was just another in a long line of prophets.
God tells you failed His Will to grow, question and learn the way a child does a parent and tosses you out of heaven as unworthy.
One the way down, you can be heard crying, “but I believed! You owe me!!”
God’s punishment is living your life over and over again till you develop awareness and you’re good enough to join God. And no shortcuts by suicide, the only one to decide is God and you can’t fool Him though you fool yourself.
The moral of this soliloquy – you cannot buy your way into heaven, you have to earn it. Earning it comes from understanding and awareness, not blind obeisance and believing what others say God’s Word is.