I'm not saying the Catholic church is correct in their beliefs, but how is the belief that an individual can interpret the bible according to their own predilections better? How do Protestants think their beliefs are more in line with the bible when they have less historical roots than the Catholic church? How do you bridge that gap?
It seems to me that Islam has the right idea making Muhammad a savior, greater than Jesus, and saying he had direct revelations from an angel of God and, even though false, it adds authority to his claims. Luther and Wycliffe make no such claim. Why do their opinions have so much weight when there is no evidence, or common belief, that they had a direct revelation from God? Why is anything less than direct revelation considered more than just mere opinion?
My questions weren't ones about me finding faith, they were about how people choose what they do. My best guess is that people choose what is culturally appropriate and not based on an actual study of the facts surrounding a religion or denomination. Even if a person's family is not in any way religious, an individual will invariably choose a "faith" that causes them the least friction in the community in which they reside.
The questions I asked should at least make a person ask themselves why they chose the religion they did, and reflect upon it. Historically, Protestantism, and all it's subsequent ideological children, is the weakest denomination because it has less to stand on than other denominations as it's the most separated from the time of Christ and makes no claim of revelation.