Annie, yes I believe in a purpose to the Universe and God is as good a name as any for it. I do not believe in organised religions for many, many reasons.
I went to Sunday School for about a year when I was 7 because it was 8 houses down the road and my Mum and Dad liked the peace and quiet
. While I was there I won a blible for attendance. When I was 11 I ran out of books to read so I started on the bible, I got thru the Old Testament and started on the new, but then I got bored I guess and stopped reading it.
It is not possible to live in this world and not absorb some knowledge of different religions, I am a voracious reader and I have a packrat mind, so I forget very little. I am also nosy and hate not to know things. LOL
My children have been free to make up their own minds, My eldest started attending the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Morman Church) at 10 and at 11 was baptised into the faith, bc I do not share his faith does not mean I was not happy he had found his own. The other 2 are 10 and as yet have shown no desire to go to Sunday School/church however when they do we will take them, how else are they to learn and make up their own minds.
I do not condemn any religion (except those that promote hate) bc everyone of them is trying to do good. I also believe that the afterlife is there but that there is more than one ladder to climb. I think the path to heaven is like a mountain, there are many trails but they all lead up.
If you are confused it is probably bc if I know someone does have faith I will tell them that I hope their faith sustains them. What you will never see me do is offer to pray for someone, bc by my moral standards that would be wrong, I do not lie to people, particularly about something as personally as important to so many people as their faith.
Is that what you wanted to know
or did I once again write a book when a line would have done