If you're raised in Israel chances are you'll be Jewish. If you grow up in Saudi Arabia, good chance you'll be Muslim and if you grow up in Rome you have a good chance of being Catholic. Yet, people leave their religions and choose other ones quite often. I know Catholics who became Jews, Christians who became Muslims and more. Some stay in their religion for their life time. So, do people choose a religion or does it choose them?
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Very insightful! You made your argument very well. I would have to say your conclusion would be a bit different if you felt there actually was a spiritual world. So, when we pass from this earth, do you believe that is the end of us? Is there more?
Readmikenow---I make a strong distinction between spiritual and religious. With spiritual, we look for answers in our own essence through meditation, relaxation and contemplation---and I am in it. Religion seeks answers from outside, god, church.
If every strong believer - whether religious, political or racial - rationalizes, finding “proofs” for their beliefs all around, does that mean also that strong believers in secularism, agnosticism and atheism, do the same?
I would say that is true in a free country. My Muslim friend was raised in Pakistan. He told me it was dangerous to not be a Muslim where he lived. He was lucky as a relative sponsored him into the US to work in his business. Others not so lucky.