Neither the lyrics or the melody struck me. They irritated me. This is of course, an opinion. With some other people, this stuff bodes well, so you don`t have to care about my opinion.
But, objectively speaking, the words were mundane, so were the chords. Something I`ve already heard in a hundred other songs, the exact same way.
My opinion and my (supposed) objective look, in to the song I listened to (Love like you), sound the same.
But, difference between them is:
I don`t much care about most songs, that have this kind of feeling. THAT is an opinion.
But, you can have a song that feels like Love like you, but it jumps out from the rest of the kinda songs that FEEL the same. So, when I wrote that the song is ordinary, I meant it objectively.
I`m not claiming that it`s worthless, I don`t think it shouldn`t have had been made, because I don`t find it original enough. It`s your self-expression, and that`s never worthless. You composed the song in that way, because it felt right to you, in exactly that way. That`s the important thing.
"Should I sacrifice some success and take pains to ensure that everything I say and do perfectly coheres with my philosophy and beliefs?"
Only if you want to live ethically.
I do. Sometimes it liberates me, sometimes it`s a burden, that makes me act against my beliefs. But it`s quite natural. I`ve been trying to live like that for about 2 years only, by now. And it requires alot of practice.
"should I be inherently loathing the guy and people like him?"
"Are all violent criminals complete scum?"
"What if he tried murdering a guy who screwed with his family or something? That seems morally better than trying to murder an old lady right?"
"how do I address the question of these conflicting beliefs?"
Tell them in a respecting, humble tone, that you do not feel religion is up your alley.
There`s billions of people who it works for, but also billions who it does not work for. You belong to the latter. That`s that.
I know that there`s a chance your parents might be offended, but this is the soundest advice I can give.
Adressing this to your parents is easier to achieve, if you have some sort of respect for religions, even if you have your doubts about them. But I`m not telling, that you should force yourself to respect them. Just telling it like it is.