Originally Posted by Alcoremortis
I think I may have not completely have woken up when I read that. But yeah, I always thought it was ridiculous to change religions, even when I was a kid. Back then, my reasoning was: If you can't believe in the god you grew up with, what makes you think that switching to a different one will make any difference?
I guess it was because deep inside, I knew back then that every religion was more or less teaching the same thing at it's core, just with different flavorings sprinkled on top. I guess the flavor could make all the difference in the world, but choosing one over the other is like saying that you like green ham over the regular color when there's no real underlying difference in taste.
Reading back over this, I'm not entirely sure I'm making sense, so if I'm not, I'm probably still half asleep and apparently hungry.
I'm not sure your final conclusion isn't true at all. The philosophical implication of a system that says right conduct is insufficient for paradisaical existence, versus one that says that right conduct is sufficient, versus one that says that paradisaical existence is non existent, can have wide ranging ramifications in how one approaches life. I understand for a vast majority of individuals who take their beliefs superficially that the implications may not be pronounced, but for people that actually do, the impact on one's actions have to do with wide ranging internal changes of world view and motivation.