I come from a very religious family from a denomination probably few if any have heard of. Mennonite. I grew up in a very evangelical setting. Where one had to ask God for everything. Just that I didn't know who God was except for mythical descriptions in a book called the Bible. I developed a scientific mind and if there was no scientific evidence about something, I was quite skeptical of it. Some members of my family who have passed away were joyful before the passing because they knew they were going to be in heaven and meeting God. I read everything I could about near death experiences and I really did not see any good evidence of a god. I do believe in an afterlife and a spiritual world because we do have scientific proof of that world. A fairly good body of evidence. I believe everyone has a soul and that soul departs the physical body and transitions to some other form. Lots and lots of questions to be answered. I do believe that we should have love and kindness in our hearts but that has nothing to do with religion.