Originally posted by twhitehead
Does religion have to have a point? Do you see religion as a method of brain washing people into being nice?
Twhitehead, I do not see religion ( generally speaking) as "brain washing people into being nice."
"Selecting" a religion (for lack of a better word) is not like going to a smorgasbord: Let's see - should I be a Buddhist, Muslim, or Hindu, or maybe Christian, in which case Protestant or Catholic??
It is more like "Religion" finds you.
Although it is obviously true that people change their religion, and those groups that do the most proselytizing (typically Muslims and JWs) grow faster than others, such "changeovers" are a still a small minority of the overall size of the relative populations.
So my contention would be that the religion you hold would most likely be the one of the culture you were born into. I would hazard a guess that this would probably hold true even in your case. (And, let's face it, Atheism is as much a religion as any other. Maybe Humanism, in Bertrand Russell's words, is a better name.)
Yes, there are those that "search for the truth" and this could lead them outside of their traditional home into something where they "feel more at home" or "feel closer to the truth". And even here I would suggest that it would be very difficult to pin down exactly WHY they started their search in the first place, and why they ended where they did. Most likely they will talk of an inner urge, SOMETHING or SOMEONE urging them on and pursuing THEM.
Life is NOT all that cut and dried as you seem to think it is, with simple formulas dictating and describing our behaviour.