I had to click None/Other because it was a combination: I was brought up Christian but there were a couple of times in my youth and college years where I re-examined that decision (and other religions/philosophies) and decided again, that I was indeed a follower of Christ.
I've actively looked into (studied would be a bit extreme and disrespectful to those that truly do study religions) different religions as an adult as well.
Anywho, I chose to become Christian because I found that I could not live up to what I knew to be "right". I was a sinner in desperate need of a savior, and I couldn't fit the bill.
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I was a nominal "born Catholic" (Catholic by ethnic and cultural extraction, and the application of the sacraments- though they were sought largely for cultural reasons rather than religous reasons) from 0-18 years of age.
At 18 or so, I started to study Catholicism as an adult. After three years of inquiry, I made an independent decision as an adult to accept the gospel, and the teachings of the Catholic church. So, I might be a hybrid in the fact that I am neither a true convert, nor was I truly born / raised a practicing Catholic.
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I know that in the Netherlands children are registered as Christians when they are born. They have to register a religion with a child and in the past most people put in catholic, protestant or atheist/none when they were asked to fill in that information.
Children are pulled into a religion and in the past that religion stayed with you until you died, nowadays children choose to leave a faith, even after being baptized at birth and doing holy communion when they are about 9 (from what I know from friends whose children did that).
People are usually not given a choice in their faith. They go to church with their parents and learn from them that this is their faith and leaving that would send you straight to hell. So I am not sure a lot of people "choose" to be Christians, I think it was chosen for them.
Just like atheism was chosen for me (as a third generation atheist). But my mother was very clear, I am not religious but when you are 18 and you want to become one that is fine with me, as long as it is your own choice. I decided against joining a faith. I have my own moral believes and that was handed down from my mother and grandmother.
And I was "exposed" to religion. I went to a school where religious studies was compulsory and I went to a school where it was left to the parents if their children were forced/allowed to go to religious studies. Religions are never bad, the way religions are explained and followed by some can be bad (ISIS, religious extremists) and people should feel free to have a religion or not have a religion.
In the past religious freedom was only seen as the freedom to have another religion than is most prevelant, now it is true religious freedom, now you are free to have a religion or not have a religion. No government should force people to be part of a religion IMHO.
Wilders is a piece of gutter trash, a gutless populist who has no morality to speak of.
I don't think anyone is born a Christian although many benefit from a supportive culture that can make that choice easier, if and when they make it. At the same time, there are those who confuse embracing the culture of church with becoming a Christian and I understand non-Christians will Not understand this one at all because most likely they don't understand what it is to be a Christian. I'll try to explain. To people not familiar with academia and possibly think its a waste of time, they might look at a college town and notice a good portion of the population is into campus life. They wear college apparel, go to the football games, maybe even join clubs and some even sit in on lectures. However, not everone is a member of the student body despite participating in campus culture. Likewise, there are people who participate in church culture but aren't believers. In Christianity, this is huge, I think possibly half of the people going to church.
In my case, as a high school student I was a fan of history. I began reading the bible and was astounded by the repeated accuracy of things the Bible predicted that came true. Psalm 22 a thousand years before Jesus was born. Isaiah 53 almost a thousand years before Jesus was born. Daniel 2, which gave an overview of world history in advance including the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the east/west divide to modern times with our concrete and steel infrastructure. Genisis 3 where we see the first prediction of the crucifixion. Plus others. All of this made me realize there's no way all of this it could not be an accident. I made a personal choice to committ to Jesus and yes, God talks to me.
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Well I'm a Pastafarian so...
I was baptized Catholic. Come from a big German Catholic family on moms side. Dads side are all Methodist/Evangelical/Protestant English/Irish/Northern Euro denoms.
That said I've been secular most my life by my own choice. Having a good education and smart parents meant I couldn't accept religion truly. I'm only "Officially Christian" because I use it to have sex with University of Texas college girls in my apartment. It works. Most women, completely contrary to what you'd think in their college years, if you line up a group of men and they're all wearing nice button down shirts, nice shoes, nice belt and slacks, the supposedly "Liberal" girls will still go straight to the one guy in jeans, a beat up plain T shirt and boots and a cross necklace. In the end stereotypes rule the day always and I've come to accept that truth and learned to manipulate it. Considering I just want sex with young college women at this stage in my life this epiphany has done wonders for me.