That is exactly why. I read a quote once, i dont remember exactly how it went, but it said religion is like ibuprofen for society. All it does is make death seem less tragic, and make sense of all the unknowns. (Although about none of them make sense)
I have been dealing with my beleafs lately. My onion people seem to want to intemperate to benefit thereselves, so they don't feel bad for doing wrong. I ask if you don't bereave then who is to say what is right and what is wrong.
The answer is in your questions. There are many difficult questions that are most easily answered if you could just find them in a book. One, reliable, widely accepted book. That would be nice. This is why that book exists. But it is a different book in every corner of the world, and that's a slight problem. Always has been.
I think your thoughts on religions and the afterlife are Interesting. Its a different perspective for me. It got me to stop and ponder the reality of your statement, if even for just a brief moment. Thanks for that ;) besides it's what you're supposed to do in order grow and learn. How else are we supposed to know where we belong in this life. Don't ever stop wondering and sharing.
That is certainly a driving force of religious belief. Examining many theistic faiths shows a penchant for promises of a big payoff after we die. This is just predatory, and impossible to prove. Religion has been an attempt by little traveled, poorly educated ancients to answer the big questions of life with only their superstitions and imaginations to draw from. That's why faith is required, knowledge is cast aside, even belittled. Decide for yourself with the tools you have.