Indeed. Pride is the best of the sins, and I do my best to commit all of them.
I have the following questions:
Does god exist?
Did he create the entire universe? If so, he seems much too big for me to relate to. There are a probably a hundred billion billion worlds like ours in the universe. Is he worshiped on all of these? If not, why pick this one particular one for his attention? If we are so central to creation, why make creation so big?
Does the bible (or any other text) accurately represent the will of God. If so, then the horrors committed in the old testament mean that I cannot support him, no matter what the consequences. If that is not God, then what is - how do I know what parts of the bible to believe?
The teachings of Jesus seem good to me, but why to so many who claim to follow him act in such horrible ways?
How can God be omniscient and omnipotent, yet free will still exist. He knew what I would do at the time of creation, so how can he judge me for being what he created me to be?
Or is he not omniscient and omnipotent? Does that leave space for other gods?
I personally do not believe the bible contains exclusively historical truth.* Jesus as portrayed in the Bible under the hand of God portrays a very personal “down to earth” connection with spirituality. I think he lived a very humble life convinced of better ways and was in all essence a very good person who walked his talk.
For those who do believe and find peace in the Biblical "God of Abraham", I think it can be a perfectly valid spiritually paved ”Dharma door" as it were.
It is anyone’s choice to either close the mind to every potential source of spiritual information or keep the mind from expanding and focusing on a single source (Bible, Koran, Vedas), but in the end, it is personal choice and not really my business or concern unless they choose to attempt to physically force it on me.
Those who try to live a life guided by Christ's teachings which, like Buddhism, requires a sort of mindful conscientiousness to live the teachings, are probably finding a peaceful existence of Christ is as was written about in the New Testament.
However, many Christians I have known and worshipped with try to live by their church's teachings, which often absolves the individual of many responsibilities as long as they claim faith. Their mind is usually somewhere else during their waking hours. While the saying “God helps those who help themselves” seems prominent, many conversations I have with people who have conversations with God share little helping themselves… more of a “take care of this for me please” approach.
Not all of course, but many… “Lord give me” often dominates the beginning of many prayers I hear. I don’t think less of them, how one talks in prayer is as diverse as the faith and levels of that embrace it, simply an awareness since my age of understanding when I was a practicing Christian and wondered what was asked of me in return.
I think the two teachings (Christ vs. church) are quite different, and suspect much of the path has been lost from the original teachings, allowing a little-effort/all-gain sort of bargain that appeals to those spiritually who may be amiss in their core.
I think that the golden rule sums up the true basis of morality and that Jesus had some good things to say. However I feel that a personality cult formed around him after he died and that people made the error of worshiping him as opposed to just listening to the teachings of a wise person who disagreed with the status-quo at the time. After all, the Gospels weren't even written till nearly a century after his death, are written in an impersonal, third person perspective in my understanding as I've read them (and continue to as a spiritual freelancer along with the Koran... both quite fascinating really), and often reference the era as being of the distant past. Even the church couldn't decide who Jesus was for the first 300 years, it seems ego driven self-rewarding to claim after so many translations to know* and understand* better than those who lived in the time.
The essence of being in the right presence in everyday life offers far greater spirituality for me than any doctrinal edict.
A powerful and omnipotent God would understand... and if not, a choice has been made by us both.