So my best friend is Catholic and his wife is very in to her Catholicism too. She also happens to be a Yoga teacher and likes to talk about a lot of new age woo woo.
One dinner we got in to a conversation about Catholicism and I asked her why she believes what she believes? She said there was all kinds of evidence. The bibles, personal experience/personal relationship, all the millions of others that believe it.
I shot holes in her “reasoning” and we continued until she asked if I even believed JC was a real person. When I said “not really” she looked like I shot her.
I asked her if she thought she’d be Catholic if her parents hadn’t been. She didn’t know. I asked her if she thought she would be if she was born in Afghanistan. She didn’t know, but didn’t think so. I asked her if she was a Hindu whether she’d find the same “evidence” for Catholicism all that persuasive. She wasn’t sure.
I asked her if she really had a personal relationship with JC where she spoke with and got replies from him. She said she believed she did. I asked her to close her eyes and imagine Brad Pitt telling her that apples taste good (then imagining him taking a bite of it). She did and laughed. I told her that she now had an equally personal relationship with Brad Pitt. She started crying and said “I believe it because I LIKE IT AND I HAVE TO BELIEVE IT BECAUSE I WANT TO!!! OKAY? I JUST WANT TO” to which I quietly looked around the Boston Pizza we were in and whispered with a smirk “okay…that’s okay”.
That’s the best answer I’ve heard yet. “BECAUSE I WANT TO”