a salad bar, it is a choice
and it is a freedom
. It is one of the things in life that was not bred into you, it is not hardwired into your brain
. Though most religions believe that a faith
is born into you, (usually that of the mother bearing the child) the fact remains that if one day happens to come along, and you all of a sudden realize that your faith is not the right one… POOF
. You make a conscious decision
and change it. Just like that. Piece of cake
. Religions are out there literally advertising their themselves. If you pick a new one, they will certainly assure you that you have been forgiven
for your previous mistakes
and that you’ve done the right thing.
If you decide that your faith is misplaced, or that having any sort of faith whatsoever is a complete waste of time… it is a choice, you can pick another and you can pick none. People have done it plenty of times before and will do it many times again. It may be a move condoned by your family. It most certainly will be frowned upon by the clergy of your previous faith, it may possibly alienate you from your life as you know it. But religion remains a faith on the part of the individual. It is a personal devotion to a higher power (or powers) and it is something that no one can force upon you or take away from you.
And don’t get me wrong, whoring yourself out to whatever religion may be popular, or seem appealing to you at any given time, is not a reason to jump back and forth. Your devotion and faith in the eyes of your god will be acceptable to her (or him, or them) no matter which faith you choose, if any at all. But it should be a conscious and intelligent choice on your part. Not just spin the bottle and pick one.
Making a choice to change your religion from one faith to another is not an attempt to inflate yourself or make yourself godlike. It is simply a search to find faith, your faith. And if you believe that a temple is the more appropriate place for you to worship than a synagogue, or a church, or a mosque, or to simply plant yourself somewhere and face Mecca, it is something you must discover for yourself. If you have your religion and devote yourself to one your entire life, there is nothing wrong with that. That, too is your choice. To blindly accept your faith without agreeing to its principles or questioning its intentions would be the only stupid act upon one’s part.
The fact remains that this node simply like any other, it is just an opinion. No one yet knows the answers to any of these questions and to assume to do so is the only thing that would be an attempt to raise yourself to a godlike existence.