Human beings could be just a fluke of nature. Like the dinosaurs and just like all things on this planet. They come into being and then dissolve. Religion comes out of a high density of people trying to answer questions that are not answerable. Why are we here? What is the point of life? What happens when we die? These are very unsettling questions. All kinds of civilizations have come up with answers to these: Greek Mythology, Egyptians, Native Americans, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Indigenous people before they get imperialized, Hindus, and Buddhists. If all these people have come up with different answers to these very questions then it is proof that religion is invented. Where would all these answers come from if it was not invented? A specific religion can put to rest where they came from simply by saying they came from God. Can we really trust the word of people 2,000 years ago? Not to say these people are not trustworthy, but instead that we just do not know what happened back then. Parts of stories get left out. History books are written by victors. Things happen.
All this leads me to believe that religion is made up. All the many teams in the religion league are made up. Having said that it is important to realize that this does not mean religion is bad. Religion has important functions for society. It gives all the people in this religious community a sense of moral guidance. It assists in keeping people away from doing bad things. Which all of society can not have, if it is to function? Other function of religion it makes people feel as part of the community. People are integrated into these beliefs that all people have, so it gives them comfort to continue to believe. Am I the only person entertaining the idea that religion is invented? Most zealots will not entertain such an idea. This is because they have a lot riding on religion being real and coming from God. If they even entertained such a notion they would be sacrificing the entire way of life they have come to know. Also most people do not want to entertain this idea because then there are no answers to any of the hard life questions. People want to believe there is a God and there is a life after death it makes them feel good. You can not convince someone to believe in a realistic yet bleak future. EVEN IF IT IS THE TRUTH no one wants to think it. ITS DEPRESSING.