Religion is not something we can often consider objectively. It becomes a part of our basic emotional and intellectual framework. It can affect the way we interact with everyone around us. It affects how we govern ourselves and interact with our family. But this is the reason we should be thinking objectively about our religious convictions.
We all know that certain someone. Perhaps it is a family member or friend. Given 3 minutes this person can turn any conversation into a topic of religion and remain on that topic until they are the only ones left in the room. If this person is a parent or spouse, then the only option is to endure or become indoctrinated. It is in this method that the person becomes a tool of forced indoctrination.
When we think objectively about religion, we must acknowledge that our religion is not necessarily our religion, but that of the prevailing society in which we were born into. As an Apache, the spiritual beliefs of my ancestors involved the guidance and protection of the spirits of the animals with nature being the governing spiritual higher power. I have no church to attend to practice those convictions because those convictions are no longer the prevailing religion of my society.
My mother who is half Apache is fully indoctrinated to be a nondenominational Christian. Given 3 minutes, any conversation with my mother, regardless of the topic, will become about the bible. If my mother had been born in the Middle East, the conversation would become about Allah. If she had been born in California, the conversation could just as easily become about Scientology. Make no mistake, this phenomena is still a cult mentality.
The issue is not in religion or your spiritual beliefs, but your purpose in your religion. When you experience your spiritual awakening, there are some very important aspects one must objectively consider. Do the lessons within the book of your faith pertain to you or to the rest of us heathens with you being the sole true believer? Will your family be required to believe as you do or exercise their free will to choose another spiritual path or none at all?
As a civilization, we must also objectively consider the effect of organized indoctrination of religion on society. It is a fact that the early theories of great thinkers that led to everything we now know to be true about the world and universe around us were once considered heresy and suppressed by the ruling religions of the day. Throughout history, it can be said that religion has been the single most destructive and oppressive factor in our struggle to unite and grow as an intelligent civilization.
This is not to say that spirituality and a belief in God is a bad thing. It is simply a deeply individual and personal thing. No one can truly know the heart of another and where their purpose in life will take them. Your beliefs and direction in life may not be the chosen path of someone else, and that is okay.