We are what we choose to be, Perry.
Humankind is gifted above all other animals with intellect and reason. We alone ask big questions and we alone have the capacity to understand the world around us and the universe beyond our reach.
When it comes to questions of spirituality and divinity we choose whether or not we will align ourselves with anything greater than ourselves. Some of us decide for ourselves and others are influenced by the writings of the ancients or modern philosophers.
None of us can be absolutely certain that we hold the truth in our minds but many are absolutely certain that others have been seduced by lies. We try to prove our own positions by belittling those we intuit are diametrically opposed to our own. A few of us actually take a 180 degree turn around at some point and reverse our thinking altogether. I did that at the age of 33 when I had an epiphany that shook me to the core. The god I did not believe in reached down, metaphorically speaking, and poked me with his finger, again speaking metaphorically.
Something greater than myself was calling to me personally and I had the freedom to respond positively or negatively. I chose the positive response and my life since that time has been lived in a whole new dimension and on a very different plane than before. Once again, it is impossible to describe these experiences without resorting to metaphor and analogy and even then it is impossible to convey to anyone else the exact nature of spiritual awakening. Those who read this will choose to accept or deny the reality of what I am talking about. A tiny minority will reflect on my words with an open mind. I would once had scoffed at such an account, that is until I was 33 years old.