I hoping this to be more of a 'fun' exercise and a little bit of an illustration.
Once upon a time, every dead religion now considered only mythologies had believers.
For whichever, or whatever reason, the religions died and became the stuff of stories, but, once upon a time their gods were 'REAL'. People feared,
believed in and worshiped these gods, just as every god in every religion still followed today is.
What's to make those bygone religions any less worthy or important than any one still in practice?
Because those gods weren't actually 'real'?
Forget for a moment whatever faith you follow right now in reality.
Imagine now a world where all the gods of all of History were indeed quite very real, immortal, incarnate, and present here on Earth today, and every
religious belief associated with each god, or Pantheon of gods was proven without a doubt to be a reality.
None of the gods are at war with each other over territory, souls, philosophy or anything.
The world is effectively at peace with no major human political disputes.
You can follow any god or pantheon of gods you want, but also be held to follow all the religious laws with both rewards and punishments traditional
You can choose to be a free agent Atheist, barring yourself entry into any number of choices of chance at rewarding or punishing afterlife, or pick a
god to follow for a chance at a ticket to whatever afterlife you might think you deserve, but also chancing the risks as well.
Will you bow to Zeus, Odin, The Feathered Serpent, The Abrahamic One God (in a few different flavors), Ra, The Great White Buffalo, Krishna, an oak
tree, or what?
Why would you do so when there's so many other options visibly available?
What makes the god you choose to follow a 'better' choice than the others?
Personally, as fun as gods are, I'd be tempted to play mercenary, somewhat in the Roman or Greek tradition in paying favor to whichever and whatever
might give me the greatest favor.
For instance, I could sacrifice a bull for a better chance at getting that extremely lucrative contract, more clients, and greater respect from my
peers, or, I could flagellate myself on my knees and hold a fast for 30 days, or I could carve deep self inflicted injury into myself that will leave
permanent testimonial scars in offering personal blood sacrifice, or any number of options depending the requirement of each god, and the potential
power of the juice that god might offer as favor.
Keep in mind, as with any and all religions, not all prayers, offerings, sacrifices, or pleas will be answered or answered in the way you might want.
Still, you've absolute guarantee that the god or gods you're praying to have heard your request.
What would you do?
Who would you follow?
Would you play duck duck goose, or pick one and stick with them?
Would you even pay them any matter at all?
Let's try to keep this fun and polite.