It is important to separate religion not just from politics but also from science. Or at least understand what religion is and isn't.
Religions or any form of spiritual practice that anthropomorphizes nature I believe are an impediment to understanding the true nature of reality.
Practices that are not fact-based and able to waistband rational scrutiny, how can they be reliable.
These practices polarize people, e.g. religions condition people with a good vs. evil mindset
The "laws" of opposites (yin-yang), is part of nature and provide a helpful framework to understand the universe, but it doesn't explain everything either. (I invite you to please check out Chris Macon's article on Quantum Annealing published on IM's Issue No. 7, Pg. 46, for helpful insights about how nature as a whole might operate.)
Religious texts contain profound and highly sophisticated information about the nature of reality and human psychology, but they also contain irrelevant information that has nothing to do with universal processes in nature but with the ethical values of the time.
Religions are cultural constructs riddled with human biases, nature is not.
Raised in a largely Christian / Roman Catholic community, I grew up believing in the Christian version of god.
Fortunately, I wasn't completely indoctrinated as my parents raised me to question everything and to make up my mind according to my own understanding of things.
Disillusioned by the contradictory nature of religions, I eventually became an atheist.
I refused to believe in a god. Anything that referred to religious or spiritual jargon I immediately dismissed as woo woo or naive.
Ayahuasca was a turning point.
My perception of reality became more flexible.
Learning about ideas that were diametrically opposed to my belief system became an exciting pursuit because I was able to see more patterns and connections between seemingly unrelated information.
I came to realize I did believe in something similar to the concept of god: omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient.
Doesn't the quantum field apparently contain all information that ever was and ever will be (probabilities)? Doesn't energy (information at the quantum level) travel through frequencies and vibrations? Aren't our thoughts formed by energetic synapses that emit frequencies and vibrations? Don't our thoughts and emotions affect the physical expression of our biology? Doesn't the moon affect human emotions just like it affects matter?
Everything does seem connected.
Nature doesn't distinguish between biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, gravity, astronomy, etc... Everything works together. "Entangled".
Could it be that "god" is just a name that refers to the sum of all universal processes in nature?... and Jesus, for example, a metaphor for this notion of the universe being aware of itself through human consciousness ("god" in the "flesh")?
Some say that if god exists, so does its "opposite": satan
God seems like a much larger concept.
If we think of god as the sum of all universal processes, isn't "satan" merely a projection of human psychology (or psychosis I should say)?
It seems like the only "evil" or "evil forces" in nature are human pathologies.
Could it be that Jesus, Moses, and many profound thinkers throughout history were actually psychonaut meditators?
Psychedelics aren't for everyone but should be studied rigorously to understand the mind and how it processes information.