This has really been an interesting thread to read.
To me, all I can say about religion is, "Whatever gets you through this life." No matter if that is Christianity, Judaism, Buddism, Hindu, Pagan, or not believing in anything.
I was raised Christian, was baptised, confirmed, was active in my church's youth group. I went to a Christian college and taught in a Christian high school. It was in these latter two places that I really began to question everything. I have read the Bible - yes, the whole thing - I have studied the history of Christianity, and Theology and Dogma. In doing so, it got to be much more than questioning, to doubting that it was anything more than man's creation and manipulation to control the masses. Teaching in that high school only confirmed that to me. They didn't want to teach the kids to think for themselves. They wanted to teach them to be sheep and follow unquestioning. Sorry, not for me.
I do believe in a higher power. I am pagan, but not necessarily Wiccan. I go more by the old religion, before Christianity. (No animal sacrifices or any of that, but following the ways of the old ways - respecting nature as part of the spiritual world, viewing the gods as ones who can interfere with human life but generally just observe. I think it's rather presumptuous of me to ask the higher beings for something that I just *want* to happen. I have only asked for things that would serve the greater good for another.) I don't believe in preordained fate, but I do believe in karma. I do believe in reincarnation. I do believe in something larger than me, larger than humanity - something that was here before us and will be here after us.
But I don't believe that my way is the only way, or the best way. I don't believe that anyone who doesn't believe how I do are going to a bad place. I don't believe that g(G)od or gods (goddesses) are vengeful and will smite anyone who doesn't think of them in the way they want (seems kinda petty for an almighty being, doesn't it?).
I do the best I can to live right, be kind to others and treat them the way I want to be treated. I try to live a moral life (yes, there is morality outside of the Bible