Recall your experiences when you have a conflict of belief.
In these modern days science has almost become the new religion. It will tell you that there is no God. That there is no you beyond the chemical and electrical processes going on in your brain. Science will tell you that any spiritual beliefs or pursuits you have are merely fantasies. Scientists will tell you that when your body dies so do you. They will say that if you believe that you have, at some point in your life had a spiritual experience that convinced you of a greater power or that there is more than we perceive; you are wrong! They will tell you that there is nothing other than that which science can confirm, that it is was all down to some anomaly in your brains processes..
On the other hand religion, for all of it’s good – and not so good, will tell you that the opposite is true – but with conditions! Albeit well intentioned and in most cases designed for the betterment of those who follow any one of it’s flavours it comes with demands. You will be rewarded if you follow a set of rules. The problem is that, for a very large amount of ordinary people, they don’t or can’t live under those terms. Ordinary, good (and maybe not so good) people who simply can’t find a way of positioning authoritarianism with a loving God. If we are indeed God’s children why would he or she set conditions on those he or she created? Most loving parents wouldn’t do it of their own offspring, we might have high expectations for out children but we wouldn’t fail to reward them or love them less if they failed to turn out as we wanted.
All of this this might put you in an awkward place. Science says that you cant, practically be spiritual, that there is no point! And religion says that, if you can’t live by the rules, then you can’t attain a place in heaven.
But let’s not forget that the rules of science, and the rules of God… were written by man. In Gods case passed down to man, humans beings, and passed on, and on, and on again.
In the case of science, it’s the words of any number of scientists, each with his or her own interpretations or preferences thrown in.
So the words of both science and God are open to – translation issues.
Your experiences however are not, so look to those to verify what science and religion tell you. look to your truths, believe in them, for they are the only things that are truly and uniquely yours. Question them, your thoughts, and if you feel comfortable that they are telling you the truth then they will be. If however, you have even the slightest doubt that your ego is influencing them then they probably won’t be.
You should believe what you truly believe, what your purest thoughts are telling you deep in your core.
And you will be right!