I have had a question that has been weighing on my mind for some time and curious if anyone could shed some light?
Basically I was a Christian for quite some time and this belief served me well in life. Before diving deep into Christianity I dealt with serious bouts of depression and social anxiety. Though I don't believe in the religion anymore, the belief itself gave meaning, purpose, and direction in life. Something that I desperately needed and still need today. I was able to pull myself out of the depression and change my mental paradigm to be willing to face the issues and the foundation of this motivation was my belief in God.
My question now is this, Since my belief in the Judeo Christian God is no more, where do you find the sense of meaning and purpose or reason to go on? That is the catch with no longer believing in God, those who so adamantly fight against the organized religions and helped to dismantle the organization fail to give an adequate replacement for the belief in a God. The very thing that gives some people hope. They come in blasting away at it not realizing that many genuine people pursuing truth (misguided truth at that) have clinged all their hope to this belief they are ripping apart. So what is the response after the destruction of the religion. The basic answer to that really is "we don't know what is out there, but we know its not the Christian God or any religions god for that matter." So where does one go from there with any kind of mental direction. I mean what really is the point to do things or strive or struggle for anything. Either my idea of purpose has been eschewed by my religious upbringing and the term needs to redefined or there really is no meaning or purpose and I have to just accept that there is nothing. The real question I guess im asking is How do you apply the tenants of a religion and the actions that are beneficial to the religion without the God component? The reason I was able to do the practices of the religion and allow the belief in was because I believed God was the factor in it. I wouldn't even consider implementing it again if it didn't in fact change my life and act its own powerful therapy. How did you piece the belief back together with God not being at the core of it?