Originally Posted by Maxxie
There's a quote, I'm not sure exactly how it goes, but it says something along the lines of "The people think of religion as their beliefs, the wise as ignorance, and the rulers as useful".
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Side point: Religion is the same in terms of the questions it 'answers' and the fears it quells. "What's the point of life," "what happens after you die," "why do bad things happen to good people," "why do things happen at all"...All the things humanity fears or doesn't understand came together to create deities and religions.
Now the more you do for your religion, the more you cement in your mind that it's real. So there will always be people who force their beliefs on others. As long as there are insecure people, there will be religious people. If you think about it, it doesn't make sense for religious people to try and convert non-religious people, because a basic tenet in most major religions is that if you knew nothing about the religion, you will not be punished for not believing in it. If religious people really wanted to 'save' us poor, misguided Atheists, they'd never ever
speak of religion.
Except that they're not doing this for us, but for themselves.