Heh, I was actually raised half-Baptist and half-Catholic.
My grandparents on my father's side took me to a Baptist church whenever they had custody of me, while my mother's side took me to a Catholic church. I honestly preferred going to the Catholic church, since everyone seemed much more humble and the music from the pipe organ was absolutely incredible
. My father's side also made me go to "vacation bible school" and "sunday school" at the Baptist church, so that may have some influence on my then-unwillingness to identify as a Baptist. So I guess I held mostly Catholic beliefs up until I was a teenager.
After a while, I drifted into agnosticism and later atheism, but decided to give Wicca an honest chance during my mid-late teens. That may have been my favorite and most personally relatable belief system as far as the existence of deities go. The respect for nature and respect for others' beliefs and feelings were really something I could get behind, as well as the details of their core moral principles (the "Wiccan Rede").
The most notable parts that I still hold today are the threefold law and the ending of the Rede, which both respectively read:Mind the Three-fold Laws you should,
Three times bad and three times good.
andThese eight words the Rede fulfill:
An it harm none, do what ye will.
The "threefold law"—that any positive or negative energy you put into the world will be returned to you threefold—is something I see more as a karma system than anything, while the ending of the Rede allows for full personal freedom to do whatever you wish, so long as you don't bring harm to anyone or anything.
As of now though, I'm agnostic. I don't really hold theistic beliefs or perform theistic practices, but there's always a possibility that a deity does in fact exist.
Also, here's some fun food for thought:
There's no doubt that, especially when compared to the past 4-5 decades, recent technological advancements and resources have led us to a near-asymptotic increase in our own technological capabilities. If that asymptotic trend continues, then we may very well be able to further engineer our AI possibilities to astronomical levels, such as fully emulating a human brain or even emulating multiple people with fully-working brains at once.
Now, going a bit further than that, say we were to able to fully emulate not only a group of people, but an entire planet of people, or an entire galaxy of planets of people, or even an entire universe itself. If we reach that point in our technological capabilities, then what are the chances of us being the first to ever perform such a feat? Who's to say that we're not simply the product of our own creation—that our evolution is simply an observed environment being watched over by the programmers of our universe who were able to achieve the same thing? Or that the "speed of light" is simply a restriction placed upon the universe's variables by our own creators?
If we were truly able to achieve that level of technological advancement, then the inhabitants of our artificial universe wouldn't just be mindless data points; they'd have fully-working brains and subsequently would have the ability to utilize logic and reason, as well as be cognizant of their own consciousness. Would they, too, have these same thoughts?
I don't really care about all of that, since that's also a very real possibility alongside theistic beliefs, but I love playing devil's advocate sometimes. As long as I can have fun, glitch the heck out of some Pokemon, and not be a dick to other people, then that's all that matters in my book.