There is no doctrine required for kindness.
You can't get it "wrong". There is no judgement.
There is nothing to memorize when putting your hand out to a suffering person. The human touch on a fevered brow and the comforting squeeze of the hand is irrefutable.
You don't have to graduate from a seminary to offer a smile and ask somebody how they are---how they really are.
There are no grounds for debate or rebuttal in visiting the ill, the dying, the widowed or the orphaned.
So much of the GOD I have always known and read about isn't anything but words, claims, arguments, threats and promises.
But, lately, I've witnessed something real when visiting the local rehab.
When people are dying or suffering and very alone it is not quotations or claims for paradise they are starved for.
They want another human being to care....simply care. You don't have to know anything, explain some belief or ritual or be good some canned razzle dazzle. You just have to be able to love.
If "God" is love I can tell you that learning to spend time quietly with desperately wrung out people at the end of life will kindle a bonfire of it inside of you.
I never cared much for others beyond my immediate circle. I tolerated "others". As a Jehovah's Witness I learned to separate people into THEM and US. I never learned to give, feel or share "love".
There was only doctrine, argument, style, content and debate. That is what passes for TRUTH: a litmus test of "worthiness."
It makes laugh or cry now at how much time I wasted.
So, I say to you today, if you are trying to identify God and true relgion....just go somewhere...a hospital or hospice...or shelter....and sit with another person quietly. Look at them like they are worth something. You don't need to preach. Just feel.
A smile and a pat on the back is so powerful you'll be amzed at the power you have to heal a broken life.
That's all I wanted to say.