PROVOCATION ! SCREAM !
Why do I say that ? I don't want to insult anybody who believes in the old guy in the sky, Don't I....well....probably I do. Not insult, but well, give them a slap to the forehead for their arrogance to know the "truth".
Because I simply cannot understand how people can believe all that crap which is written by humans in so-called sacred books like a bible, a thora or a quran. That stuff is at least 2'000 years old and has been rewritten dozens of times to suit the powers of their era.
There is a pic and a story on Facebook about the attacks in Europe. Funny thing is, on each event the same "victim" is taken on a photo, crying, moaning. Now people look at that and say: Fake ! Photoshop !
But they would never question if the mentioned "sacred books" or "god" could be fake, right ? Because there was no Photoshop or pictures ? Or isn't it rather because the whole thing is so OLD and therefore HAS to be true ? Finally even in the stone age people had their gods to imagine where they came from......
I guess it's only a part of it. Of course, a kid will believe what the parents believe has to be true. And when this is the case since the n-th generation it HAS to be. That's one point.
The second point is that religion provides comfort in life, sickness and in view of death. That's the most important point and it's understandable. We humans don't know anything else than being ALIVE. So death is something unknown, to be afraid of, also a deep feeling of loss comes into it - and that's the REAL reason why religions are still alive today. To hope that....something carries on, whatever it may be. Not the talk of "love thy neighbor" and be peaceful.
Religion points at YOU, not at humanity as such. We're not an empathic and loving animal except for the ones which secure reproduction of the species. We use religion for our own well-being and comfort, not because we care about others.
And as long as it's like that, religion keeps on being an empty shell. As long as people don't understand the underlying philosophy of humanity and empathy - and act according to it. I prefer an atheist anytime to a Sunday churchgoer who pretends because he can't afford not to be seen in church because talks could start. To my experience, maybe one out of ten people who say they are believers ACT accordingly. When it comes to real life, they do any shit and then confess it in church in hope to get some good time in heaven despite of what they have done.
A man (priest) forgives another man. Hilarious !
You don't need a "god" to be a happy and fearless man. You can understand the 10 commandments of the bible (for example) as a guideline, when they don't come to your mind naturally. That's what they're actually meant for.
Education for kids and - often also - grownups.