I was recently reminded of a conversation I had several years ago with a deeply religious person. I don't recall what led to the conversation with my friend, but I do vividly remember the comment that was made to me: "Well you can't just pick and choose what you believe! It's not a smorgasbord!" I was so surprised that I did not respond.
You should know that, while I respect those who are immersed in a religion, I follow no established religion myself. I believe that all paths to enlightenment and love are valid, as we each create our own world. The God that I understand gave us free will!
Are we to believe something because "everyone else does," or (as I once heard in a church) "But that's what we believe!"? That's not my choice. God gave me an intelligent brain, a loving soul, and the wisdom to decide what my life is about, and I know what is "truth" for me. I DO believe that it's a smorgasbord, and I plan to savor the deliciousness of every thought, idea, and concept that comes to me, as I create my abundantly rich and tasty life!