Just want you to know that I think that if belief is what helps you get over the ex-jw issues, I'm happy for you. Like you say, it's not for everyone and I fall into that category. Thanks for a link to this video, it's very succinct and well edited, a great summary of the argument.
I know this thread you've started is ostensibly for believers, but as you said, discussions between both sides are often very informative and help push understanding forward.
So in that spirit, I'm interested in your statement that:
"I have no problem with the idea that religion was created by our ancestors as their expression of a need to worship something greater than themselves."
And I wonder how that squares with faith in a loving, personal God. My question is, why would a personal God not reveal himself and his principles in a clearer and more consistent way across cultures?
In light of your last comment "God only requires we have faith... and he will do the rest," I wonder how you come to your assesment of the character of God and what he requires outside of a religious system.
Please don't mistake the intent of my question. If there was evidence to support the existence of a loving, personal God, I would not be in a position to deny it and nor would I wish to.