I read your post, and it was immediately offensive to me. By which I don't mean that it made me feel under personal attack, or anything like that. It just gave me a negative reaction, and I feel I need to respond.
I appreciate the response. I did not intend to offend anyone, so I'm sorry about that; I recognize that I have certain beliefs that are potentially offensive. More on that below.
The first, perhaps most obvious thing, is how offensive ( and this time I do mean personally ) it is to imply that people who don't accept your belief system ( or, in fact, all people ) are broken, ...
I agree that this is an offensive belief. I can't defend it except to say that I agree with you, it's offensive; and you may or may not find this believable, but the offensiveness of that belief genuinely upsets me, personally. I believe it because I consider it true in spite of its inherent offensiveness.
and that if only they could accept that one "truth", they could be good like you. Because, whether that is your intention or not, that is what you're saying. But that's not the main thing.
Okay. I would never say this about myself, but I can understand how other things I said could be interpreted that way.
The main thing is that I find it intellectually offensive ( which I find far worse than the sort of offense of being told I'm broken ) to be told I have to set aside reason and logic. It's basically telling people that if they just stop thinking for themselves, all will be well. That I really do find offensive. And it's dangerous. I can see why you'd have trouble with that, and frankly, I'm glad you're having trouble. No one should accept a proposition like the existence of god without asking some questions of the person whose word they're asked to accept on faith alone. Such as how did you come by this supposed truth, and have you yourself considered the options?
Because it seems to me like if you freely admit that you're believing on faith alone, then you also admit that no religious is more likely to be true than any other ( or truer than no religion ).
The way you characterize my beliefs is not a way that I would characterize them, but I think I get your meaning. What I said above about the offensiveness of certain beliefs is true for this belief also.
I don't think that the way in which I came to become a Christian is all that relevant to the things I said above, but it does have a lot to do with the nature of my beliefs and the reasons for my beliefs. I would be happy to go into detail about that privately, if anyone wants to PM me and ask; it's not something I'm secretive about, but I wouldn't want to bore people reading this thread or ask them to read about my personal life.
My beliefs are very well-thought-out and the result of years of personal experiences and critical thinking. I have considered many alternatives over the years at different times. I have many beliefs that have evolved over time, but certain core beliefs that remain fixed by choice. I can gladly summarize those, but would prefer to do that also in private; I assume that summary would be inappropriate to put here, or it would seem like I was proselytizing or something, and I loathe that notion.
As to which religion is the most likely to be true, I really don't know; my honest opinion is that calculating likelihood would involve applying the rules of logic and critical thinking, so that would ultimately point one away from Christianity, and probably away from other religions also. It's a matter of personal opinion, but I think some form of agnosticism is the most likely set of beliefs -- the best in keeping with logic and science and established facts. I personally reject agnosticism, however, and choose to be a Christian instead.
I hope those answers helped you to understand my perspective, although I don't expect anyone to necessarily agree with anything I've said.
@ Iniquitous Opheliac
I'm sorry that I offended you. I appreciate your candor about it, though. I did not intend to call anyone else a "fool", by the way, FWIW; I was referring more to my own beliefs there, as ones that appear to be foolish.
There are versions of Christianity and ways of thinking about it that are much more common and much less offensive than my own beliefs, but I can't speak very well about those alternative formulations, because I don't accept them and have various problems with them. It might be nice if some other Christian who accepts a more conventional version of it would say something about that, if only so that Christianity would appear less offensive. I consider it offensive myself, although I know that sounds contradictory and bizarre and illogical for any Christian to say that.
EDIT I should add -- I think if you read what I said above closely and carefully, you'll see that I am all for critical thinking and questioning and becoming well-educated and knowledgeable about many things, including religion. I said some stuff about that above.