Why do people seem to need religion? I would call that a question of the ages. Of course, if we ask anyone who is a believer, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc., they may have a variety of answers to the question. Overall, I think it’s more of a tradition. Their parents, grandparents, and even before were that religious and it is simply something they were taught as small children to accept.
But we’re no longer in the bronze age, or even in the middle ages where people believed that their god(s) brought the rain for their crops, or blessed them with children. We don’t live in those times, and we know a bit more today than we did a thousand years ago about weather, and procreation. We also have eyes that tell us a lot more about not only the galaxy we reside in, but the universe as a whole. We don’t have all the answers, but we can say for sure what those stars in our night sky are and that, in the “Endtimes”, stars will not be falling to Earth (imagine a sun twice the size of our own, falling to Earth).
We’ve become more mature over time, and have a long way to go as a species, but progress, is well, progress. We have no need for gods to be able to explain the natural world for us. So why do we still have so many people on this planet that still believe? Out of some 7.5 billion humans on this planet, over 5.3 billion represent the 4 largest religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism). Have we made the progress we should have?
What is it that compels people to believe in something, no matter the religion, that they cannot explicitly prove to be true? Yes, I think that tradition has something to do with it, but it’s also about having a need to believe in something greater than ourselves. There’s a component of human ego that goes into it because we don’t want to believe that this life is it; We need to know that even when we leave this existence, we don’t end.
I actually understand this, even though I am aware that this life is the only one I will ever have, it’s easy to take on a belief that there is something after this life, for all of us. Death is not the end. Belieiving in Jesus, Mohammed, or any other prophets or gods allows us the delusion we require, even though none of them can explain anything about life.
There’s nothing in any religion that provides any answers to anything,If anything, it may provide a level of comfort for those that need to know that there’s something else awaiting them. That’s all.