How to Find the Right Religion for You

Learn as much as you can about all religions. Be a voracious reader. Meet the religious leaders in your neighborhood, ask them about their views on life, God(s), relationships, ethical conduct, and their daily practice of their religion. Ask friends and neighbors whom you trust. Think about the fact that religion is not just facts but accepting a tradition and a potentially important set of beliefs. How will you decide in whom you may trust about your ultimate faith or belief?


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    Keep an open mind. First of all, you should get away from things you've heard about and start with a clean slate. This is one way to learn Truth. Your first task is to learn about religions, not to pick one for yourself right off the bat. Go to the library and find books on various religions. After you get the preliminary information on each religion, go to their original texts. Keep reading and learning. Do not accept or reject anything at this point, just keep learning.
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    Ask yourself, "Why?" Why do you feel that you need or want to follow a religion? Remember that religion can be an escape, just like drugs. Cults can especially provide a drug-like escape. What is the real reason that you want to follow a religion?
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    Beware of cults. Beware of cults that mask themselves as something spiritual. Beware of their "Guru"s that claim to have all the answers to life's questions. Beware of tight groups that ask people to strictly conform to certain behaviors, abandon their friends and family, ask for mandatory donations, etc. Those are some traits of a "cult" -- a social or religious group said to mentally, physically, or sexually control its members.
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    Don't make a quick decision especially as a young person. Take the time to learn about the world. Learn about life, philosophy, people, science, and history. Then keep reading about your favorite religions. It may help if good friends or family members share what their beliefs are and why they believe in them; learn about the their religions if you find them desirable.
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    You can find what you're looking for. It may be a particular religion to follow such as Islam, Buddhism, Paganism, or others. Perhaps the lack of religion, or even the lack of beliefs, is what you have been looking for along.
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    Avoid assuming that "one religion is just as good as the other" for yourself. That very well may be far from true.
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    Learn about the good and the bad aspects of certain religions. It is important to know about negative and positive actions done by people who claim a particular religion. Decide for yourself if these people were properly following the religion or if they were simply abusing their power.
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    Think about what you believe about God or gods: If you believe there is only one God, then your choice of religions is narrowed down to monotheistic religions. If you believe in Gods (more than one deity), then your choice of religions is narrowed down to polytheistic religions. If you believe that God is all, and all is God, then your choice of religions is narrowed down to pantheistic religions.
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    Check to see which religions fit your beliefs when discussing the physical presence of God(s). Some religions believe that God(s) is/are not a physical entity, while some religions do believe that God(s) is/are physical entities that have bodies of their own. Some believe that God(s) has/have been found in human form on Earth, while others believe that this has not happened.


  • Be patient, open minded, and non-judgmental.
  • Question everything. Do not feel guilty for disagreeing with a particular belief.
  • Ask yourself why you need a religion. Don't make any quick decisions. Some seek religions for acceptance, others for structure or support. Be part of a religion only if you truly believe it; be careful to not join one in order to feel good.
  • Keep learning and keep an open mind. You do not have to believe anything in particular in the end. Don't force yourself to accept anything that you do not agree with.
  • Always be true to your mind, heart, and soul.
  • Learn as much as you can about how you will live your life in a particular religion
  • Also learn about how religions influence history, how they compare, how they influence cultures.
  • Many people renew their faith in their previous religious beliefs later in life; don't feel disappointed if you find that whatever religion you were raised in is right for you.


  • Never compromise critical thinking and reason for social acceptance.
  • Keep in mind that extremist organizations are not accurate representatives of any religion. Always learn information on your own, and set aside any previous opinions on the religion.
  • Beware of cults -- exclusive groups that may totally control their members in physically, in work and finances.
  • Beware of "guru"s who have all the answers.
  • Remember that what members of certain religions have done in the past does not always reflect the actual beliefs.
  • Do not enter into needless arguments for or against any religion, share your understandings peacefully.
  • Beware of the downsides of organized religion. Learn history.

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