Before I start:
THIS IS NOT A POST FOR ANYONE TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE ELSE'S RELIGION, PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL.
Though I am sure it didn't need to be said.
I was just wondering, for the religious among us, how do you feel your beliefs have affected your outlook on life? Has it helped? Not helped? Or even made it worse?
For the Atheists among us, have you ever wished you did believe? How do you think the absence of religion has affected you?
For me, I'm not religious. I was brought up a Christian but very quickly strayed mostly due to the community being quite hateful of anything different (At the particular Church I went too, homosexuals were shunned and they were incredibly racist) which I know isn't a resemblance of the entire faith but it left an impression.
I usually consider myself Agnostic, rather than Atheist as I am open to the idea of a deity. I have on multiple occasions attempted to place myself among some really loving and caring Christians, but I find myself unable to make myself believe it no matter how hard I try.
I often feel life would be easier if I believed, because it would add purpose to an otherwise very empty life and would give me reason to look forward to what God has in store for me. The absence of a God just means life goes on, then it ends. Which isn't exactly enthralling. But on the other hand I don't expect God would approve of me, I doubt he'd have much positive things waiting for me in the afterlife.
So, what about you?