A while back, Pastor Rick Warren wrote an essay advising Christians about how to avoid sin.. He wrote about weaknesses most people have and how to deal with them.
In my opinion, he missed the most likely source of people’s problem with their faith. It is the source of irresversable sin and condemnation to an eternity in hell. It is curiousity.
Of the many friends I’ve made being a Freethinker, nearly all came to become Freethinkers because they simply became curious about other ways of looking at things. They looked into the origin and logic of the faith. They did not, as many of the faithful believe, have a bad experience while practicing Christians or suffer abuse.
As they found new information and pondered its meaning, religion evaporated for them. While an occasional Freethinker returns to the faith, nearly all never do.
Why some people’s minds are open to this curiousity and others are not is a mystery to me. Nevertheless, curiosity remains a bigger obstacle to the faith then temptation or the clever ways of the Satan.