Religion is often a difficult issue to discuss because no matter what one's creed or confession, one's religion (or lack of one) is something that casts bearing upon one's personal philosophy of life, which, in turn, deeply affects how one conducts himself every day. Many believe that religion is more of a mental malady than anything else, and it is true that many people are led astray in the name of religion. The notion that without religion, the world would be much more peaceful is an idea that is so ubiquitous so as to be found in various media, not in the least which is popular music.
I am an Orthodox Christian. I grew up in a "non-denominal" Christian household, and despite feeling like many of the "Christians" failed me in some of the darkest days of my life, I still believed that Christianity is true and the philosophy sound. After years of feeling like I could be a Christian without a Church, I began to feel drawn to being part of a church, but didn't know where to start. It wasn't until years later that I became acquainted with the Orthodox Church, and, in 2002, was baptised into it.
The following is the Nicene Creed, which encapsulates a good deal of what the Christian faith encompasses.
I believe in One God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all worlds.
Light of light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, cosubstantial with the Father,
and by whom all things are made.
Who for us men, and our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate of the Holy Ghost, and the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried.
And rose again the third day according to the Scripture.
And ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to to judge the quick and the dead,
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, the Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets.
In one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead.
And the life in the world to come.