All through history religions have prospered if they were acknowledged with loyalty and commitment.There is big money involved in being the only true church or denomination if you can get it to grow and expand. Lots of money and problem to go with it like any other business
Religion is that which enables men and women to look beyond themselves and seek the direction of higher powers whcih are not limited to human understanding.
The trouble lies in the fact that RELIGION is human endeavor to please and to find God,gods,goddesses,spirits and so on,hoping in the long run to APPEASE rather than to suffer punishment for what ever infractions are evidenced in their particular society.
The study of religion,and no doubt a very sophisticated one in the least,brings out the most highest levels of human intelligence,and morality,or the lowest ignorant immoral behavior to base religion on.
We can see today's religions with many different titles but all with the same goal in mind:reaching out from our limited scope to that which is beyond us,and calling that either a deity,orthe plural of many,and spirits as well,because we cannot see them with the naked eye.
Atheists pride themselves in the fact that they choose to reject the effort of human beings to seek the aid of something or someone they cannot see.
The truth of the matter is; that we human beings before we could possibly envision, within our human conscience over the span of many centuries,a higher intelligence,relied on the ELDERS of our societies.The Elders taught us that they sought after that which was not SEEN to guide them a s they proceeded on through life.
Passed down from generation to generation,a belief in some kind of Power that exceeds our limited self.
"Man proposes, God Disposes." We have always been responsible for our own interpretation of what lies beyond our limited self.Atheists choose to rely on the limited self,seeking to expand through stimuli and self determination a course for their involvement in the present life,of which they find themselves in.
All human beings have within them self determination,not a bad thing by any stretch.We however also in improving our own life,knew that through our ELDERS we could in fact rely on what they gained from believing in the UNSEEN forces.All religion is transmitted by the elders of societies through the Written word,and other means,Verbally and so on.
God as we so call H I M in this present age,could be handed down in theory from generation to generation,but there is also the fact that either God is truly an Existing Being or He is not?
Now if and possibly God does exist,He in all true intelligence and DETERMINATION would want His creation to know His design for them even if that design is limited in its scope in order for the created to understand or fathom the mystery of the Creator.
So we can be in three different categories:Atheistic(rejecting any thought of there being such a higher Intelligence),Religious in seeking to fit into one of the many religions that exist to appeal to Man's desire to know the unknown.AND finally to allow the Creator to reveal Himself as the only ONE who can prove His own existence and His revelation of the design He has for all of us.