I have been reading this site for several days after i found the web site in the book, Losing My Religion. Ive been on a path of discovery for the past few years and i am getting to the point of non belief in god. this is a huge step for me given my religious background. I said all that to give a bit of back story so i can comment on this post. Since i was raised very religiously and am now, after close to 50 yrs of indoctrination, finally waking up and facing things i never would allow myself to face. i have an insight to why people believe religious doctrine as gospel. You are basically born into the belief. I was taught from birth that all the bible stories, from Adam and eve to a talking mule, where literal truth. It wasn't until i turned 40 that i finally begin to face the truth. Just in this past year i am beginning to understand that Jesus was a man but not the son of god.
But the fear is what keeps you from questioning- fear of going to hell, fear of being left behind in the rapture, fear of not seeing loved ones who have gone on to heaven, and fear of being ostracized from family and friends. Fear allows you to throw intelligent thought out the window, its just easier to take things on "faith" and ignore the truth that nags at the back of your mind.
almost my whole family is very tied into church. when i walked away i had to walk away from family functions that were all tied to church. i walked away from loving friends who were all tied to the church. i was a singer in the church and had to walk away from a love for singing. i was a free lance writer for several church magazines and walked away from that too.
so its FEAR that keeps you believing things that seem impossible to believe.