RELIGION IS A WAY OF DISTANCING OURSELVES FROM THE ONE TRUE GOD!
Our ancient forefathers sensed within themselves the reality of a spiritual realm, but manifested that reality with "gods of their own invention".
Most educated people are somewhat familiar with the pantheons of Greece and Rome. Here the mythological god Zeus is held up as the father of all the gods. I remember in Bible College reading as a required study the mythology recorded in the works of Homer describing the family relationship between the different gods. When speaking about these "man-made" gods they were viewed in human family terms, with husbands and wives and offspring. "This god produced this god, etc...etc...etc.
In the ancient writing the gods of Greek mythology are pictured more powerful than human beings, yet their motives and passions reflect what is morally worst in human society.
While the gods may take an interest in human affairs, their interest is making human beings vulnerable to becoming pawns in games played only for the benefit of the powerful deities.
These deities created in man’s image are far from being all-powerful. They are just ancient examples of our super-heros of today, like Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, and the Avengers. They, like human beings, are subject to fate and destiny, and they too came into existence after the material universe was created. They have a beginning and an end, and it's all in the minds of mankind.
However, the God the Bible tells us about, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the One True God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is unchanging and always righteous. He does not use mankind as pawns for His games but loves them and seeks to draw them to His heart.