I'm here to see the different views on the topic of organized religion.
I myself think that organized religion is a way to control the population through fear and oppression , don't get me wrong I do believe in a God just not religion. I believe praising and worshiping god in your own way is enough to show your faith.
anyone and every one, I would like to hear your views on this subject to understand the differences between other people and I.
I do ask one thing to respect others views on this subject
I think it is meaningless to divorce the two. It seems you are trying to have the cake and act like you are not going to eat it but you do anyways unknowingly.
Here is my point..
If you are just a simple deist who says, yeah I believe there is a god but I can't tell you anything else other than that. I have no idea what it wants if it expects anything from me or if it was even behind the creation of anything including the universe. I have no idea about it's traits or what makes up it's godness.
That would be fine and it would actually be in line with your attempt above to try and divorce god from religion. But I have a feeling that you actually do attribute attributes and it's will upon you. That it expects things from you and that there is a heaven or hell as well and it resides over judgment of your soul after your life ends. If I am wrong then nice job.
As soon as you start saying there are expectations from your god then you inevitably invent religion. No one else has to accept your ideas of what god expects from you, just you and that is still a religion. Because you are adjusting your behavior based on your concept of what you believe god expects from you and practicing it. That IS religion. No one else has to accept it to be religion, just you is all that is required to fulfill the definition.
Even if you pray to this god of yours then that too falls into a religious practice because how do you even know that this god is capable of knowing or hearing or receiving your prayer? You can't know but if you assume it can then you are lumping an attribute, such as all knowing onto it's existence but how can you be so certain that your god has this attribute?
In other words, I think you are full of ****. You just are attempting to try and one up everyone else by saying believe in god but find religion is bullshit. You realize that religion is bullshit but you just can't accept the fact that NOTHING supports the existence of god. There is NO evidence for any gods existence.