Originally Posted by Alcoremortis
The only thing that I would add to this is that people are afraid of death and disorder. Pretty much every religion has something to say on those subjects. The idea that death isn't the end is incredibly appealing, as well as the idea of some sort of structure to the universe. When people don't believe in a religion and say so openly, it sows the seed of doubt into a religious person's mind and for an instant, they see the universe as a big, unforgiving, chaotic, disordered place... and it's terrifying.
It's like that thing in Hitchhiker's Guide that shows how important you are in proportion to the Universe and drives everyone insane because they're so insignificant. With God, nobody's insignificant, a person can face the void because they've got a special all-powerful being looking over their shoulder every day.
Then again, I'm finding myself to be something of a utilitarian nihilist, so my viewpoint may be slightly too depressing.
i'm just agnostic about everything, i believe a god is possible but the matrix is possible as well or that i am a non corporeal entity living in a non-physical reality and i invented the physical world to keep my mind occupied, i don't know what will happen when i die, i assume i will just rot, but if i do go to an afterlife and i go to hell because i didn't pick the specific religion that god is associated with, that god is an ass hole and i would want to work for the underworld