Somebody called religion an emotional crutch which I suppose is in many ways true. The thing is that it needs to be for some people as real life is so appalling and miserable. Lets face it, despite the claims that humanity is full of love and compassion there is plenty of evidence to the contrary and once you are alone and have problems there are not many strangers who want to help or even know you. Being depressed and mental its hard enough to find any connection with people on the net and even harder in real life.
I said only the other day on a forum that all religion is just a human concept to explain things that he/she didn’t understand throughout history. This would mean that its all delusional and has no evidence to back it up. However delusional thinking may be beneficial for people with mental or physical health problems. An example I have given before was that if the ugliest man thinks he is great looking and this gives him confidence then at least he will go out and try to go on a date whereas the man who knows himself to be ugly will never leave the house and never even have a chance and thus be alone forever. Therefore delusional thinking which creates positivity and therefore greater chances of happiness is a good thing and whether there is any truth in it or not is irrelevant.
I was brought up in a Christian country singing hymns at school despite my family never going to church and have always felt deeply spiritual and prayed on many occasions. Now despite firmly believing in evolution and that science dispels much of the bible and all religions I have got to the point of thinking who cares? I need an emotional crutch since real life is so lonely and cruel. I will ignore the old testament but if a belief in Jesus and the new testament can offer a shred of comfort and hope in a life that has none then delusional thinking may be far better than reality and far more beneficial for my positivity and state of mind.