Why would someone choose to do that? Why does a Pakistani become a Hindu? Why does an American choose Buddhism? Christianity in Japan?
Isn't it just easier to go with the religious paradigm of one's family?
All of this presupposes religion as an inevitability. There are people who don't believe; who won't believe; who can't believe. So before determining WHAT to believe (which evangelists spend a lot of time on) it's important to determine IF you believe in the first place.
A few questions to start with:
- When you close your eyes, in complete silence, are you alone or is there a "presence" there with you? Who's watching you over your shoulder? Can you sense anyone/anything there?
- In the hardest crises of your life, have you naturally turned to prayer, or even then do you find it difficult to conceive of a higher power?
- For the loved ones you've lost: can you envision some sort of postmortem reunion, or do you see that as sentimental catharsis?
The reality is, some of us simply have a harder time believing in anything spiritual/supernatural, regardless of the particulars of theology or moral teaching.
Sometimes folks like me get overly-focused on wrestling with theological issues, without taking into account all of the people who don't speak this language in the first place. The power of cultural norms is exemplified in how many people who don't believe subscribe to avoid making waves, hurting feelings... upsetting their mothers?
When you close your eyes, is there something there?