Sure, pyro. I'm re-posting this from another thread about beliefs and reasons for one's beliefs (anything in italics are things that I am adding to this post, that are not in the other thread):
I believe that God or Goddess or whatever you call Him / Her / It, exists. I believe that with all of my heart and soul because I've felt the divine presence and that presence is such a force of love and power that it takes my breath away whenever I'm lucky enough to experience it.
I believe that Deity is one. Human beings are fallible, even the scribes who copied the holy texts (of any religion) by divine inspiration were human beings, and so their copies are imperfect because they are imperfect. I believe that no one religion has it entirely right, but some are close, and if you look at their core, where almost every religion has rules for treating other people well, you can see that they all have the same inspiration.
The only reason that we see the Deity in so many different forms, as the Christian God, or Allah, Yahweh, the ancient Greek Gods, the Celtic Gods (I could literally be typing this list for hours, so I'm cutting it short here), all of them, is because the human mind needs to be able to relate to something to love it, so we anthropomorphize Deity (which the ancients did to a far greater degree than most monotheistic religions today do), or we have a bridge between man and God like Moses, the Buddha, Muhammad, or Jesus. The faces of the deity which I relate to and worship are Gods and Goddesses of paganism. I study pagan mythology and practice the pagan holidays. I don't actually follow any set denomination within paganism -- for example, I wouldn't define myself as "Wiccan" -- and the Gods and Goddesses I pray to or worship are the ones that I relate to the most at the time when I am praying or worshiping, or the ones that relate best to the holiday I'm celebrating. I feel comfortable doing this because of my belief that all Deities are One.
I believe that Deity doesn't actually care what name He / She / It gets called; it's what you do or don't do in the name of your Deity, and the love, that matters to it.
I was raised without any religion at all. I consider myself a solitary eclectic pagan now. My biggest influences growing up, so far as religion is concerned, were two passages from two separate books.
"I never knowed it by that name, but what does the name matter? ...The same thing as set the seeds swelling and the sun shining made thee a well lad and it's the Good Thing. It isn't like us poor fools as think it matters if us is called out of our names. Th' Big Good Thing doesn't stop to worry... It goes on making worlds by the million—worlds like us. Never thee stop believing in the Big Good Thing and knowing the world's full of it...The Magic listened when tha sung the Doxology. It would have listened to anything tha'd sung. It was the joy that mattered."
~The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (abridged quote provided by SparkNotes)
"Then I fell at his feet and thought, Surely this is the hour of death, for the Lion (who is worthy of all honour) will know that I have served Tash all my days and not him. Nevertheless, it is better to see the Lion and die than to be Tisroc of the world and live and not to have seen him. But the Glorious One bent down his golden head and touched my forehead with his tongue and said, 'Son, thou art welcome.' But I said, 'Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash.' He answered, 'Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me.' Then by reason of my great desire for wisdom and understanding, I overcame my fear and questioned the Glorious One and said, 'Lord, is it then true, as the Ape said, that thou and Tash are one?' The Lion growled so that the earth shook (but his wrath was not against me) and said, 'It is false. Not because he and I are one, but because we are opposites -- I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore, if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath's sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted. Dost thou understand, Child?' I said, 'Lord, thou knowest how much I understand.' But I said also (for truth constrained me), 'Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days.' 'Beloved,' said the Glorious One, 'unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.'"
~The Last Battle by CS Lewis (This is the final Narnia books, which are all Biblical allegories. Aslan himself, Son of the Emperor Over the Sea, represents Jesus Christ.)
There, what I believe, and why.