As Marx said, "religion is the opiate of the masses". I believe that pretty much says it all. Most of us fear death, and the personal oblivion that comes with it. Religion gives us a crutch to lean on, in my own opinion. We'll never die, we'll meet our lost loved ones again in another place, blah, blah, blah. People buy into religions, I think, for that reason more than anything... the promiise that if you'll just accept Christ, or Moses, or Muhammed, or Buddha, or the tooth fairy as your personal savior/ messiah/mahdi (pick one) then all will be well when we die. I myself am agnostic, I believe that the existence of a god or gods is unknown and unknowable. I can't live forever, none of us can, so why sweat it? I just want to enjoy my alotted days on this plane, and when I pass on, whatever happens, happens. The most I can hope for is that the people I leave behind me when I die, family, friends, aquaintances, will remember me as a decent, kind, and loving person.