The exact same thing used to bother me too, along with; If the Jews are G-ds chosen race then what does that mean for everyone else?
Common misunderstanding amigo... The Jews were "chosen" to maintain G-d's law on earth. It's not an elite thing, but rather a massive responsibility, written into the Mosaic Covenant, and the basis of G-d's advocacy. It was that very failure to maintain that law that eventually led to the Diaspora...
As I see it, the Jews certainly believed themselves to be
the people chosen to maintain on Earth the laws of their own god
- the god, essentially, of a loose confederation of warlike nomadic tribes who inhabited the Western end of the Mediterranean, three to three and a half thousand years ago. This tribal god is reputed to have done many strange things, including wanting to keep his human creation stupid and ignorant by forbidding them to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, demanding that Abraham make a burnt offering of his firstborn son Isaac, ordering the Israelites to commit what we today would call genocide, "hardening Pharaoh' heart" against the Israelites so that Moses could send further plagues upon Egypt ..... and on and on and on.
In fact of course, every
people on the planet have believed themselves to be God's Chosen People, each charged with the mission of maintaining their own god's laws on Earth; the Roman Catholics, the Protestants, the Muslims, the Spanish, the British, the Americans, the Mormons, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Branch Davidians, the Solar Temple...... and each group believes, of course, that their
particular version of god is The One And Only True And Genuine
or TOAOTAG god, the Creator of the Universe, and all others are spurious fakes, usurpers, agents of the Devil or mere delusion.
Personally I suspect that all of them might be spurious fakes, usurpers or delusions...... agents of the Devil? Well. maybe not, since I suspect the Devil is also fake, spurious and a delusion. IF
there exists a Supreme God, Creator of the Universe - and that's a very , very big IF
- then none of these little local gods can add up to the minutest fraction of what such a God might be like. Since the known Universe consists of billions of galaxies each containing billions of stars and billions of planets, I think such a vast Being would be highly unlikely, for example, to care very much about what the human inhabitants of one small planet on the outer fringe of one fairly average galaxy eat on Fridays, or whether they wear hats, or what their marriage customs might be...... indeed, such a being is highly unlikely to be even humanoid, I would think.
So to answer the OP's question: as I've said before, I grew up in Britain in the 1940s and 50s, where we all, as kids, absorbed a sort of lukewarm Protestant Christianity more or less by osmosis, but what set me off on the long, devious trail that led me to become - whatever I am today - was simply making the realization I have outlined above - that if there was ever a Creator of the Universe, none of the gods on offer in any of the religions I could find was big enough to be Him. Or Her. Or It. Or, even, Them. Maybe the Universe was created by a committee - which would explain a lot of things.....
Or - heretical thought - maybe it JUST HAPPENED ALL BY ITSELF!
Blessed Be everyone,