Over the years, I have spoken to a lot of people about what they believe and why, and I have read about many different religions, not so much outside of the realm of Christianity, although I have a working knowledge of some other religions. I have taken a course on the religions of the world but since it was taught in a Christian college, I don't suppose it was entirely objective when it came to non-Christian religions. It's not good form to make fun of anyone's religion, particularly since I am well aware that, to a non-religious person, every religion can be something to make light of, and the very fact that someone might believe in a supernatural god might be laughable to the non-believer. I get that. However, some people do believe in some pretty crazy stuff. When I say this, I am thinking particularly about those who have come up with a buffet style religion, where they have taken the things they like about several different religions and mixed them together. I have a brother-in-law who has referred to himself as a Buddhist Christian, for example. Then there are the Scientologists, which is made up of a whole lot of intelligent, accomplished people who believe a religion that was invented by a science fiction author. People can be gullible though. Years ago, when the Internet was first being made available to the public, the only option we had in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas was AOL. In the AOL forums, sometimes when I was bored, I would make a religion up on the spot, and it surprised me how many people were actually interested in it. I would get private messages from people wanting to hear more, and I was making this stuff up as I was going along. It wasn't even a well thought-out story, and the contradictions were glaring, yet I could have probably started a church. My thought is, if I have to make it up, what are the chances that it's true? There's no point in believing in a religion that isn't true, so if I have to change things around in order to make it palatable to me, why would I bother?