Originally Posted By: Ellis

TT As you know, my problem is that I personally lack any religious belief (in Hell too!) and I am conscious of the distress I can cause by stating that.

I don't see that as a problem. But I do sense the problem you have regarding your belief in religious belief.
I would say any distress you create is a reflection of your own confusion over any validity or reason for religion and its trickling effect on personal social values and ideals.
Originally Posted By: Ellis

I have no issue with the god concept for others who believe, but I myself do not believe it is the truth.

Why should you if you have no experience of it?
I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but then I turned myself around!!