We do not have much choice. That is the short answer. Why are we christians, hindus, buddhists, sunnis, shiahs or jewish? The answer for the vast majority of us is because we were born into families that were already professing one of these religions. It is as simple as that. Few of us question what our parents and grandparents taught us. We just follow our parents.
Hindus put ash on their foreheads and pray to stone carvings which they believe represents their gods. They do this because their parents taught them so. A stone carving of a human shape with an elephant’s head for example is representative of a hindu god.
Others like the sunnis and shiahs may find such beliefs illogical. Why? Because they were born into families where parents teach their children to pray toward a stone building in Mecca which they call the Kaaba.The sunnis and shiahs also kiss a black stone that is embedded into one corner of the Kaaba. To the sunni and shiah the hindu representation of god in the form of a stone that looks like a human and elephant hybrid is not acceptable. To them praying towards a stone structure but in the shape of a cube is more logical.
Then comes the christian who feels that the sunni, shiah and hindu prayers facing stone structures are all illogical because he has been taught by his parents that a christian prays towards a cross which may be made of stone or wood. Or he may even pray towards a stone carving of a human form of Jesus or his mother Mary. To the christian this is more logical.
Then comes the Jew who says his ultimate holy of holies is a stone wall in Jerusalem. His parents have taught him to nod his head and rock his body to and fro in a wailing motion in front of his Wailing Wall. Praying facing a stone wall makes better sense to the Jew rather than praying facing a cross, a stone building or a stone carving of a man-elephant hybrid.
Each person who is born into a sunni, shiah, hindu, christian or jewish household will defend his religion to the hilt simply because he was born into the religion. There are converts of course who convert out of choice but once converted their descendants are automatically born into the adopted religion of their fathers.
We believe and uphold our religions so much because we inherit our religions from our parents. What does the Koran say about inheriting religion from our parents?
2:170 And when it is said to them, Follow what Allah has revealed, they say: Nay! We follow what we found our fathers upon. What! And though their fathers had no sense at all, nor did they follow the right way.
7:28 And when they commit an indecency they say: We found our fathers doing this, and Allah has enjoined it on us. Say: Surely Allah does not enjoin indecency; do you say against Allah what you do not know?
7:173 “Or you should say: Only our fathers associated others (with Allah) before, and we were an offspring after them: Wilt Thou then destroy us for what the vain doers did?”
People will blame their parents, heritage, culture and their traditions. But the Koran holds us responsible for our own beliefs - not what our fathers believed because what if our fathers had no sense at all? How do we answer to that? Surely we must exercise our own free will and exercise our own good judgement instead of just blaming it on our fathers.
The human wants something tangible to worship - a stone carving, a stone building, a cross or a stone wall. Something to make it easy for him to focus on his deity.
2:170 And when it is said to them, follow what Allah has revealed, they say: Nay! We follow what we found our fathers upon. What!Though their fathers had no sense at all, nor did they follow the right way.
The human being will not give up what he inherited from his fathers. Hence the sunnis and shiahs will refuse to obey the Koran because the Koranic teachings are alien to what their fathers taught them. They will reject the clear teachings of the Koran which refute mullah beliefs that are plagiarized from the Bible. Out of sheer force of habit and fear of leaving their comfort zone the sunni and shiah will choose to prolong the falsehoods the mullah taught their fathers. They don’t want to find out what is written in the Koran. They will continue to uphold biblical teachings.