There are, in my opinion, three main fears that make us prey to religions and their various con-man. The first is, obviously, death. People with the delusion of religions, can't comprehend that death is the permanent, irreversible cessation of existence of your self.
Secondly, the fear of the unknow, we don't know what can be lurking in the dark, we don't know what is lightning and you can go on...
Last the fear of being insignificant, not in control. Some disaster happens? The gods have a plan! Some person has hurt you in some way? Karma is a bitch!!!!
Religions keep us as eternal infants, robbing us of our dignity and future.
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