Originally Answered: If you belonged to a cult all your life & recently left it, what's the best way to serve God?
I don't know why so many people feel that it's necessary to worship a God.What do you expect from God? I attend a lot of church since I was a kid.Catholic,Basel,Jehovah Witnesses,Methodist and many more,I found one thing.People worship God hoping He'll give them something in return.They pray to God bring paradise to them,eradicate those wicked people,rule the world with righteousness,give them strength to continue their life in this corrupted world.Have you ever think what if God say that such bullswhits are man-made promises,not me. Will you continue to worship God Ol' Mighty?Be honest to yourself,will you? How can you say that you love God if you "love" him based on these "promises"?
Back to the point,they urge you to go to church because they said that Bible require them to that,it's an important step in worshiping God.I kind of agree with that because attending church enables you to receive many new information about Bible and communicate with other church-goers and make friends.It's a good thing.However,obviously,those church-goers turn this "go to church" a must and traditional more than willing from heart.They condemn people for not attending church.No matter how good the thing is,from the moment you force people to accept it or follow it,it'll become a poison.Same like going to church which is a good but then turns to be a burden because they're forcing us.
People always think they need to worship something or joining a religion activity because that makes their life meaningful.They say the only to be saved is worship God.What I know,no matter how hard to try to worship Him but your attitude is equal SHWITS, tell me,how can you get saved? People don't realize it's actually starting from their heart.The world turned into a terrible poop pits because of the greediness in people.Where does greediness come from? Yeah,yourself.So to get saved,cleanse yourself,because all of things start from your heart,from what you believe,that's gonna influence your whole life.Attending church or joining any religion are irrelevant.What I'm doing right now, I read books of Krishnamurti and Buddhists(there's other more but these are my fav).There are content in these books colliding each other but in the end they explain the reason that told us follow what we think is right and believe everything you want,never blindly follow what others say...even what's written in this book.I like that,they never force us to follow them,saying it's the only way to get saved.Plus,this one Buddhist book(sorry,it's in chinese,佛教的见地与修道)said that people indeed need moral guidance in life but in the end,they have to give it up because it can be poisons in us.Different people different path,thus different guidance to the truth.I really encourage you to read both of these books as they help me much,but it's your decision to read it or not,you can choose any other books that you want,no pressure.I'm not atheist,I still believe there's God.But I don't act like when I was a kid,reading bible pray to God for something like may His Kingdom come like He promised. Right now,what has to be let it be.Everyone has different state of their mind and self consciousness.
No...don't get me wrong,if you still like to go to church then go on,it's your life and you decide what you want,not any people.I'm still living like a normal person do,I like money but I understand it's not my ultimate goal.We need people's advice but not taking it blindly and let it ruin your life.To hell what they're trying to say that you're lazy to church,you think they're really care 'bout you? No,they don't really give a damn 'bout you life.So...girl,move on.
*and oh...thanks to baby boomer sharing the books,I'll try to find them.I like reading.