When they're growing up very few people ever question what they're told about God. God's story is a cultural idea created to explain where they came from, why they exist, how to behave, and what happens after they die. The story of God is interesting because it dominates the way many people think, react, and feel. Recently, I proposed 21 questions that people ask about God, and I have started to post the answers on our center's websites, http://www.cslnm.org and http://www.cslfriends.com.
The first question, "Where did humanity get the idea for God/Goddess?" must be answered in a non-religious way — which is why I am a Religious Scientist. "Religion" is your relationship with God and "science" is the study of that relationship. Which brings us to one of many "religious" challenges: loyalty to the religion of our culture? For many, religion has not been a particularly positive experience. Half truths, used with agendas that are more political than spiritual, polarize opinions and force people into emotional standoffs. Typical of this is the question, "If you died tonight, would you go to heaven or hell?"