I can’t help but wonder what exactly makes people choose one religion over another. I was raised Roman Catholic from birth, went to Catholic school until 6th grade, had all the religious ceremonies (first communion etc), but never got hooked. In fact, by the time I was 13 I had decided this wasn’t for me. It kept coming back to the blind faith thing…how do I know my religion was the “right” one? Here I am worshiping a christian God and Christ when for all I know the Jews are right and the son of God never walked the planet. Maybe the Buddists have it right. Maybe the Hindus or Muslims do.
My real question is for those that have absolutely no doubt about their beliefs: how did you get that way? Lots of people like to say it comes from a weak mind, and to be honest thats tempting to believe because of the “illogicalness” of it all, but I think there must be more to it. Not all religious fanatics can have a weak mind…there must be more. Was it ignorance? Were you simply never told that there are as many religions as there are opinions? Dosen’t that make you question your beliefs even a tiny bit? Have you ever bothered to study another set of beliefs to see if they in fact appeal to you just as much? I’ve always been curious to see what really motivates true believers, its baffling to me. Why is your view on religion right and everyone else wrong? If you admit that you don’t really know for sure, how can you commit all your time/energy, your whole life really, to something you can’t possibly know with certainty.
My view is one I think is very logical…I have no idea. None at all. I think you’re probably all wrong and the truth will be something very different than what anyone has yet figured out, but I can still say I have no real clue. Isn’t that closer to the truth than any organized religion?