Religion has little to do God but they seem to correlate in a way, its merely a path of individual enlightenment and personal rapture. People abuse religion for their own agendas yes, but not everyone does this so try not to generalize the genuine representatives of faith for the religious savages. I like to believe there is more to life than what we see, its about the unseen that's more intriguing. Religion gives people hope, God gives people comfort and a purpose.
Well.. when you have been greatly wronged it is comforting to know that eventually that person will pay for what they have done. An all knowing being, can't escape justice. It's also comforting to know that there is life after death, and one day you will be reunited with all your loved ones. That said.. I'm not really religious, but the idea is sweet.
No one "needs" religion. However the concept of religion is to be used for spiritual enlightenment. Unfortunately mankind has made a "use" out of it to judge the actions of others. Not God, but mankind. For people who believe in Jesus Christ, the Gospel says that your actions have already been judged in His body when He was crucified at the Cross. From that point, what's left to do is believe is that and recognize God is a God of Love, no longer judgement. It's not mankind's love for Him that proves or moves anything. But His Love for us, that by what Jesus accomplished at the Cross, we have God's "unearned" favor which = grace and not His judgement. No one is forced to love God as it was demanded in the Old Testament. God showed His love for all by offering a sacrifice, that no man could ever offer, except Abraham and God stopped Abraham before he harmed Isaac, his son. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, would not perish. But will have everlasting life". The physical body dies. But the spirit lives on in Christ Jesus, for Christ Jesus. He didn't suffer at the cross for nothing.
it is immortality they are after
To put it in a simple manner religion helps man lead a goal oriented life. A life without a purpose would otherwise be meaningless. <br />
Coming to the second part of the question, The Almighty is free of all needs. The creator knows what is best for us and when we follow his commandments, we are the one's that gain peace and tranquility in all aspects of our life.
Mans need for religion has only a little to do with comfort, and much more to do with living by a set of moral standards. The hallmark of every religion is the establishment of morals and ethos. What this means in plain terms is religions establish a way to live which strives to be harmonious within the religious community. <br />
For as long as mankind has had records, there have been wars, strife, conflicts of every nature, without end. Most religions try to teach people to reign in the chaos and thus bring peace to the community. This is little different than any established governing body. But religion takes it a step further. The concepts of morals and faith in whatever creator of choice they have, brings one into better understanding and mastery of one self. <br />
Self control and compassion being taught as precepts in many religions, thus attempting to improve mankind from within. <br />
The concept of God judging us hearkens to the ingrained fear/respect we have for our parents and indirectly points out that if someone were watching everything you do, what would it look like to the eyes of your parents? <br />
The simple truth is, the harshest judge we could ever face is ourselves, ******** of excuses and emotional connection to the 'sins' of our life. Sin in its simplest form is error. To make mistakes. Only we who attach emotional bias to mistakes call them sins, and thus feel that such should be judged.<br />
What has driven the spark of atheism in modern times is just that fear or disdain of judgement from on high. The contemplative among us can see where the thoughts flow from. If there is no visible proof of God, how could he judge me? Thus do atheists hide behind science. But one cannot hide from what is inside of themselves. Though they eschew God, they still judge themselves, and thus are indulging in a religion of self. <br />
Whether the source be from within or without, we all seek that judgement, and many fear it for no reason. We only fear being judged because we have yet to forgive ourselves for our errors,
Maybe this will answer your question :<br />
It's a club to join, to make them feel like they belong on this planet. It makes them feel like their life has a purpose.
I feel like it comes down to the basic fear of death. Some people just have a particularly hard time with the unknown....they want to believe in their heavens and hells and whatever else their holy books spout at them. It's a comfort.
Religion feeds into humankind's instinct for a hierarchical social structure. A god or goddess is the ultimate Alpha leader. People feel safe when someone else is in control. Or they feel that is so.<br />
Religion, itself, provides a social glue for a community. Shared experiences and shared values. This gives a sense of social structure and continuity.
A lot of people, both male and female, have unresolved Daddy issues, and for others it's easier to be judged through someone else's eyes, real or imagined, than taking responsibility for their own actions.
Security blanket mechanism.
I'm sorry people, my brother is a lil slow lol
The most serious religions of today were born in the desert. There might be clues in that.
My guess is that the higher one's tolerance of ambugity, the less religous a person will be. Religion, at least in the west, tends to provide structure to those who want everything to be either black or white. If it isn't specifically approved by God, it is, at best, suspicious and probably reeks of brimstone if you get close enough to smell it.