An interesting woman blogged about how to find God when she rejects virtually all Christian doctrine. She suggests people find different metaphors than the old one of God in the sky.
She thinks the minds of young adults like herself are constantly trolling for flaws in religious arguments. Thus, the view that things get better after you are dead, prayer to God will prevent some bad thing from happening and “me and my group” understand the faith better than those other groups will often be met with indifference.
She wishes the faith was about God things that are unknown instead preaching as if much is known. She sees mystery in nature and thinks these may have something to do with God. This gives her more comfort than sermons about sin.
Thus, she would like discussions about whether God might be present today in nature. She does know if the god is there but it would give her more comfort than a far off god that might pass judgment in some far off time. Thus, God as a tree would replace God as a heavenly something or another.
It seems to me there is always tension between the god we can predict will condemn abortion and homosexuality and the god so mysterious we are not to know his mind. There are those who say we do not know the mind of the god but are sure he is mad a those we do not like.
Disagreements among the faithful continue even though each branch knows it is right.