Considering religious faith, is the important element the effort entailed, or the adherence to strict rules?

Consider this for a moment; with such differences of opinion concerning religion, does it make sense for "God" to be so embroiled in the petty arguing of humans concerning such matters? As most religious differences of opinion are culturally based, how can we say that one culturally-inspired... show more Consider this for a moment; with such differences of opinion concerning religion, does it make sense for "God" to be so embroiled in the petty arguing of humans concerning such matters? As most religious differences of opinion are culturally based, how can we say that one culturally-inspired interpretation of religion is superior to another? It would seem that "God", as a superior being, really would be rather disinterested in such things; these matters really are no more than window dressing for spiritual contemplations, not the source material itself.

Bearing this in mind, though, isn't what counts the effort entailed to reach fullfillmet through religious faith? Not even religious faith, actually, but an investment of faith in ideals and values--although for most persons, admittedly, these take the form of culturally sanctioned religious forms.

So, is "God" really so interested in the differences of opinion man holds, or only interested in an honest effort at enlightenment?
Update: Edit: Misspelling, "fullfillmet" should read "fulfillment". My apologies.
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