Man on a mission
I suppose God speaks to you through your heart. I feel certain you are a nice person even though like all others you could choose to be nasty. Everyone is different and everyone has a choice. I think it correct for you to question what others say, we should all ask questions and have doubts about what we read and hear, only your true self can tell you what is right or wrong. Follow your gut instinct, I am following mine. In your religion I guess you follow what was handed down to you from your forefathers and it is fantastic that you abide with what you have been taught. It will keep you true to who you are and where you have come from. I am not promoting any religion as there are truths in all. The combined truths of all religions is the way to go, the problem is to find all the truths that have not been tarnished or altered by man through time, which is where your statement of following written texts rings true, very true in fact. I follow my heart and look for the truths in all religions. Any thing that calls for war is idiotic, everything that calls for peace, love and harmony is true and correct. Our natural state is peace.I have yet to see god waive at me ...
An in my religion, god doesn't talk through books... book rot, get re-written and blow away.