As a traditional “Lutheran,” I’d like to remind people that you are free to interpret your canonical texts as you understand them. Mom and dad aren’t the last word on the subject, nor is the pastor, priest, rabbi, or any other mentor of individual faiths.
However, don’t allow this fact to justify a rebellion from faith that is based more on sentimentality than reason. Depending on your capacity to understand each faith, or your willingness to search for answers regardless of their implications, it is possible to reason either direction.
What it comes down to, then, is whether or not you’re able to reasonably justify your belief. This is why the debate will never end, barring a supernatural event, because those without faith cannot accept that a lack of physical evidence does not prove a faith false, and those with faith cannot provide an acceptable volume of physical evidence.
But we will continue to argue, despite being aware of such a stalemate, because much of our desire to tout our beliefs, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of atheist to religious zealot, is based far more on pride and self-worth than it is on a hunger for any actual truth.