Originally posted by buckky
I find very few converts from a different religion. From what I see it depends for the most part on where you were born, and what religion was the dominant religion of the region or country as to what a person takes as Truth. I know theire are Hindhus that now have become Christian, but that's rare in comparison. You know I don't think I know of one Christian ...[text shortened]... Transcendental Meditation Hindhu's. Pure luck or chance as to how most of us end up it seems.
It is the old arguement that the belief in ones religion is a result of the culture you are surrouned by and nothing more. Having said that, you can then argue that the "fix is in" when it comes to what religion you will turn to as well.
I say that this demonstrates a belief of mine that the morality one clings to is based upon a percieved moral authority. It is simly how we are wired. For example, that moral authority often comes from your parents, or the state, or society at large, or a religious leader, or God etc. So the real question is, what moral authority do you look up to or respect and which do you disdain? This will be the real indicatinon as to what you will believe. For example, from what I can ascertain, most adhere to the states moral voice. Back in the 1800's alavery was the law of the land in the US so the moral consensus was that it was "OK", however, hundreds of years later being outlawed, it is no longer "OK". The same can be seen with a secularized government. The more secularized it is the more secularized society tends to become and vise versa.
Of course, there are a few odd balls out there who do not hold the state as the "know all" authority. They are the policitically incorrect crowd who claims to look towards a higher authority than that of the state.