I believe that religion is above all an expression of fear.
You are absolutely correct, sir. Religion is an expression of fear. In 1 John 4 it says:
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
Surely we can all agree that there are many, many
tormented Christians now a days. A2K seems to be magnet for such things. Oh but, Facebook tops anything I have ever seen! Anyway, one thing that bothers me a little though is peoples general lack of willingness to see religion outside of the church.
The church gets the majority of attention I think because of all the supposed "martyrs" picketing and screaming about their "cause" while being completely unwilling to use the change in their pocket to buy a McDouble for the hungry homeless person they keep walking past. Meaning: A complete lack of compassion for anything outside of their "cause". That's just one example.
They are openly offensive to the world without even realizing it. They are blinded by their "cause" because they are desperate for support and validation. Honestly, if you step back and take a long hard look at any "cause" religious or not, there are always martyrs. There are always people who get lost in it somehow. My point is that even politics has become religious in some right. The black lives matter movement has. The LGBT movement has. Just to name a few. It's actually everywhere if you take your eyes off the church and their faults for a second.
And the root of it all is fear.
That is why no one will ever find God through religion. He's not there. Fear is a part of everyone's life, but I think the fear of death is the one common denominator we have all shared at some point in life. Why is that? Well, for all practical purposes I would like to say it's because being creative in nature, we don't like the idea of that ending. And death is the one thing in this life that no matter how smart the individual or how determined he/she may be... Absolutely no one can figure out how to overcome it.
Becoming religious about anything does not alleviate the fear of death, because it is after all inevitable no matter what you believe.