As the title suggests, to me religion is something obtainable piece by piece analogous to getting an academic degree (such as a PhD), that is, it requires a lot of thinking and reading on a daily basis. Of course, religion and academic degree have different values and purposes. Similar to academic degree, religion needs some physical and mental abilities; otherwise, it is open for everyone. The bottom line is that being religious requires a lot of efforts, knowledge, and courage. If you do not have enough of those, you may not be qualified to be one. As, not everyone in the world needs to or can hold a doctorate.
I believe, one thing that has downgraded religion over the course of history is the fact that it has changed from something obtainable to something mandatory or given. It is now proven to me that people don’t care much for the things which are assumed granted, such as health, fresh water, environment, and many other things that they don’t even know they exist; no matter how vital they are for our existence. Over the years, people took religion for granted, or sometimes even worse, they are enforced to acquire one. Hence, people gradually started to ignore and forget, and then, finally, ruin it.
To be able to picture the extension of the disaster, imagine a country or an era where people are enforced to inherit a degree from their parents, so you can easily see what would be the future of that particular field. To be more practical, imagine you are entitled to be a medical doctor only because your parents were ones. Then you could just imagine, as a “born doctor”, what type of medicine you would prescribe for yourself and the others, and what horrible consequences are awaiting for you and the others. At no time, you will not only corrupt medicine as a field, but also you start to harm yourself and the people around you in the worst possible ways.
It is not hard to imagine that the same thing has happened to religions over the years. People born with a particular religion, without knowing much about its foundations, started to harm themselves and the others. More importantly, they ruined the whole religion itself, whatever religion they are entitled to. Without further ado, let me finish this post with stating that: neither religion is inheritable, nor everyone deserves to be affiliated with one unconditionally, but it is like an academic degree, we should obtain it for making a better life.