Consider that when we are born, we are being sent to school for a lifetime of learning. We have no memory of our past and through our culture, education, media and religious systems we are molded into what we are today. We have questions about God, about where did we come from, what we are doing here and where we are going. With a divine spark within us, our soul, spirit, the essence of our being, we are on a life long journey seeking the truth. It is your journey and your journey alone. Our ancestors, with different cultures, religions, and beliefs have left behind their ideas, concepts and sacred texts.
With an open mind and understanding that these ancient texts have been translated into many different languages and copied over and over by scribes, the message may have not be conveyed as intended. Let your higher self and love be your guide.
Jesus said in the Gospel of Thomas, which was omitted from the New Testament, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
That is just one of many texts that are at your fingertips to explore. The Dao De Jing , Buddha, The Nag Hammadi Library, Hindu, The Master file and The Law of One just to name a few. It is your path and the best teacher is yourself. Follow your instincts. Incorporate daily meditation/prayer in your life. Look deep within and learn about yourself. You have all the answers.
Consider death as going home after school and learning whether you passed or failed. Consider, a failing grade may result in a redo. Reborned without a memory of what you have learned and you get to do it all over again.