Lao Tzu says: "My own belief is that religion is much like a mental virus. One is infected generally at an early age. So what you are looking at is an otherwise "healthy" adult that has been infected with some bad programming (sorry to mix metaphors). However, some people are more susceptible to this mind virus than others."
Ariex: Careful here Lao. Actual civil discourse may ensue, and the folder will go all to crap. What about adults who suddenly turn to religion? Many people "hit bottom", or have an emotional crisis, often from loss of loved ones, and turn to religion. My own though there is that they NEED solutions, so they turn to something that offers to fill that need regardless of the questionable "evidence".
A personal event comes to mind: A family member who lived a life of undisciplined behavior has reached the stage when the tab has to be paid (Emphysema, heart disease) and now he's terrified of what comes next. During one of his frequent hospital stays, (organ failure due to errors in medication levels) he was visited by God, who informed him that he was saved, so he shouldn't be afraid of death. He eagerly embraced Christianity when he came back to hospice care, completely ignoring the fact that he had been pumped full of all kinds of drugs at the time of God's visit, including morphine. This seemed to relieve his stress to a great degree. Thank God for God. Religious morphine to reduce the fear of dying is a good thing. The only down side I see is that he voted for Romney. Oh, well. You only die once.
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