I enjoyed reading your post which is very honest.
It’s true to say that science is the best method we have in helping us to understand how things work. It allows us to build up a body of evidence that we can continually check.
As for “explaining the mysteries of human behavior”, again science is beginning to help us to understand human behaviour. But for millenia, art has been our main source of help here. Especially literature, and before literature, story-telling. Art has helped increase our self awareness since the first cave paintings.
I think of religion as art; specifically poetry. Poetry speaks directly to our emotions. It can move us deeply; it can provide very real comfort; it can inspire us. It can provide insight into the human experience in ways that science can’t. The difficulties begin when we believe it to be a source of evidence about how things work. That is, when we confuse it with science.
As for faith, my idea about faith is that it is an inner “knowing” that “all will be well”. A very firm sense that “all will be well”, even in the absence of evidence. I think that for the luckiest ones among us, that “inner knowing” is taken in with our mother’s milk. If we were loved and nurtured as infants and children, we have an inbuilt resilience, a faith that we are supported in life. For many others, that sensation is first experienced through contact with religion. Through the “inner knowing” for example, that Christ loves us. This is clearly very real for those who experience it, which is why they often want to share it.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hope mine are of some interest to you!
Very best of luck!