Being an atheist, I don't believe in God but I do believe in religion. Do Not Mistake me for Agnostic. I do not believe in any kind of god. For your confirmation, GOD ISN'T REAL. NOR GOD NOR ALLAH NOR GANESHA for me. Also, I consider religion as a man-made thing or concept.
I've seen numerous questions asking if religion is the worst thing to happen to humanity. The answer is NO. Religion is one of the good things that has happened to humanity. If you wish to have an alternative answer, EGO is the worst thing that happened to humanity which has killed millions of people including people killed in WWII. And if you wish to have a materialistic answer, it is AL (Stephen Hawking's claim).
There are many points to prove religion isn't the worst thing. Here are some of these:
Religion gives us MORALS.
While many argue that religion teaches us to kill, it gives us morals too. For those who think a man should create his own set of morals, do remember morals aren't subjective. Instead, they're OBJECTIVE. Morals do not change as per the person. They remain same for all. For example, suppose I think All Boys are cheaters and all girls are true lovers. We all know what is the truth. and hence this proves my point. Religion stops us from doing bad things like stealing, killing, robbing, etc
Religion Unites Us
There is no religion which divides its followers. The classes like Catholics, Protestants in Christians or Shia or Sunni in Muslims aren't made by religion itself. The followers distinguish between others and that's their fault and not religion's. Imagin the world without religion. It will be full of chaos and full of racial discrimination. Also while imagining, do consider the fact that religion is around for more than 2017 years. start imagination from there.
It Gives Us Reason To Live
With the increase in the number of Atheists, the graph of depression is going upwards (including me). You might not find a direct reason for that. The reason is, the mind always tries to find the reason for our existence. When Atheist mind can't find its answer, it gets depressed. But when Theist mind tries to find it, it gets an answer as something like the ultimate truth. There is an argument if the ultimate truth itself is true or not, surely it avoids depression.
It Keeps our Family together
Why do we have Christmas? Why do we take every Sunday off? The direct reason for Christmas is of course religion. also for Sundays, we go to church on Sunday hence we've weekend off. You might argue that if religion wasn't there, we still would have holidays then answer is NO. Read the history of India. before the British rule, there were no weekend holidays. People used to work all days of the week.
Coming back to the point, family comes together on Chrismas or Diwali to celebrate together. It strengthens the bond between us.
It Introduces FEAR
Fear is the sole reason for the existence of God till the date. By means of fear only, religion makes us do certain things but on the other hand, it stops us from doing bad things too. People do fear God and it stops them from doing bad.
It Uses Higher Authority which nobody can control
The very idea of religion itself is based on god aka Higher authority. Today, if you have access to your higher authority and if you can manipulate them, nobody can control you. For example, if you are a good friend of an officer and you share drugs together, even if his juniors find you red-handed, the won't arrest you. But if you use higher authority like religion does in which god (or Jesus) himself decides what you've done and what is punishment for that, nobody can lie or escape from it. Although even if the judgment day isn't real, it still works because in your mind it is real.
I do accept that some religions are outdated (including Islam) and they give orders to kill LGBT people but do consider the fact that these religions we are following are made 2017 years ago and hence we need to modify them as per the need time.
Hope some of my points from an atheists view convince you.
Also while reading this take, do remember that each and every religion is designed to be only one.i.e independent of other religions and hence there are verses to kill men of other religions in order to make the killing religion stronger and bigger. This fact proves my argument that religion is man made.
If you wish to create an opposite myTake of this, do it! I'd love to read it. But please don't make it anonymous as I made this with my real identity.