I ask because by my observations there are two main reasons as to why one might believe.
The first, and by far the most common, is indoctrination. From the time babies are born their parents start indoctrinating them into their religion. This is true of all religion, I am not singling out just one. The parents talk about their God, they read to their children from their selected religious texts, and they take them along to their selected places of worship, effectively brainwashing them into believing what they want them to believe, instead of letting them find it on their own.
You assume A LOT in this question. There is a third (and probably a fourth, fifth, and sixth....) group. You make it sound as though the ONLY reasons a person would believe in God is that they are A) brainwashed or B) weak. Myself, I *kind of* fall into the first group. I was raised in a Christian home and taught from a young age about the beliefs of my parents. But I was not "brainwashed" and I DID ask myself questions about my "religion" when I was old enough to understand. I believe in God because I have all the proof around me that I need. It makes the most sense to me. While many Atheists believe that evolution (or any number of other beliefs) are the most logical, I feel that belief in God as a creator makes the most sense. Other explanations strike me as "far fetched". I've done plenty of searching on my own, and am more than confidant that there is a God - my God.
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