Saluting with misty eyes
At the risk of being accused of playing both sides of the field, I have to both agree and disagree with you.
I WILL agree that most everyone needs a firm system of beliefs to keep from feeling lost. I was raised in the Catholic church, and was a very devout practitioner, including being an alter boy, doing the bible readings, and becoming a lay minister, as well as the odd CCD (religion) class. As I began to grow within myself, and to become comfortable with my place in the world, I began to question EVERYTHING... including the Father and my association with him. I them began to see all of the inconsistancies within the Church, and began to look elsewhere. In short, I was lost (as you put it). I checked out several of the protestant religions, and found the "Christians" in most of them to be either two busy patting themselves on the back, or fighting amongst themselves to be doing His work. Then there were the ones that were complaining about how they were about the Lord's work, and then they would sit around and gossip about how much X or Y was a sinner, and then they would go right on doing the sams things when they thought no one was looking.
Or they would sit and complain about what this or the other wore to services. Maybe I was too screwed up to notice, however I thought we were there for a worship service nd not a fashion show... and that was almost EVERY church I went to.
I checked out the Wiccan belief system, and found it to be interesting, yet still not in line with my beliefs...
I finally sat down, read my bible, and did something I should have been doing all along... I talked to God and asked him just what it was he wanted from me. I figured out my own core beliefs, and actually found a few others that have very similar beliefs, and now I am once again "found". I am not following the tenents of my "original" faith, yet ,I am still quite happy attempting to live my life for Him through the agreement I made with Him.
Day after day I'm more confused,
So I look for the light through the pouring rain...