We had no "choice". We were forced to go to church.
It was boring to me as a child and I hated that it took up one of "free days" off from school. Also the church we went to the overall service lasted beyond 2 1/2 hours when you included the choir songs, announcements, offerings, sermon, and the close seeking new members. I got some of best sleep while sitting in church.
There were also instances when some (women) in particular suddenly exploded "in tongues", jumping up and down, screaming, or passing out.
All of which can frighten a child or at the very least dread seeing it again. When I went away to college and on into adulthood I got to see what it was like to have a free weekend to do whatever I pleased and it was great being able to relax watch TV shows or sports, participate in recreational outings, check out a matinee movie, Sunday champagne brunches, weekend getaways ...etc
I just didn't see the need to get up and go somewhere just to hear a guy read from a book I already have at home and pay him for it too!
I realized if you believe in God you don't need a "middleman".
Later on in life I begin to see the politics of religion, study how the bible was canonized and what was going on historically at the time.
A group of (men) determined which books/scriptures to include in the bible and which ones to include. Clearly there was some biases.
Discrimination and sexism are mainstays in most religious doctrine.
I learned Christmas was moved to December to be attached to the popular Winter solstice festival time period.
And then I began to look at some of the actual stories in the bible and they made no sense. (God wrestled with Jacob and lost!, Adam lived to be 930 years old, Samson killed a 1000 men with the jawbone of a donkey, foreign languages was invented due to the Tower of Babel that was being built from earth to reach heaven...etc) Ultimately I reached the following conclusion:
God made man and man made religion.
Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. Live and let live!