Is it normal that i can't be nonreligious?

My parents are nonreligious and they tried to raise me that way, but for whatever reason I found myself incapable of not being religious (like something VERY significant was missing from my life). And I read lots of books by Dawkins, so yeah. From my teens on when I was studying religions, I was drawn to Hinduism by Hindu philosophy and I was heavily influenced by it, believe its basic tenets (including the Absolute God) and practice it (e.g. yoga).

I can empathize with atheism to some degree. I was able to feel the presence of God but I can imagine that other people never do. Still, I must admit that I cannot understand how people can go further than that and believe in materialism (like the idea that humans are biological robots or atoms in motion), though of course I respect this opinion, too. I first doubted it intuitively and it then became absolutely unacceptable for me after I read more about it and thought about it more deeply.

I know that my parents think that religion is a result of early childhood indoctrination and regard this as the only “excuse” to be religious, which caused me to doubt my own intelligence ... a lot. Still it seems by any other objective indication I'm not stupid.

Is It Normal?
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  • I say believe whatever you want to believe, as long as it doesn't hurt other people.

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  • If we were meant to be without somesort of a belief in a higher power. Why are there so many religions....

    I say it’s normal.

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    • If there are so many conflicting religions, how does it make sense to believe so strongly in any of them if there are equally convicted people all over the globe with the same amount of evidence you have?

      We transcend our roots by shedding our comforts.

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