Religion is a system of beliefs, values, rituals and worship that is shared by a large number of people. The Latin root religio means “to bind,” and this is what religions do: they bind us together.
In difficult times, it is often comforting to turn to your religious community for support and advice. Especially when you are grieving, it can be reassuring to know that there is someone who cares about you and wants to help.
Those of us who are religious tend to have stronger moral convictions than those who are atheists, and those who are religious also have more trust in their governments and legal systems. They also hold strong beliefs about fairness in market outcomes.
The promises of supernatural justice give people an anchor in the face of a world that is constantly changing and suffering from various natural disasters and other crises. Those who believe in their religion can be comforted by the knowledge that they are not alone and that they will eventually be with their loved ones again.
In the modern age, many people do not have a clear idea of what they want out of life and they feel lost. Some may feel that they have lost their true purpose in life and therefore religion can be an important help for them to keep a clear view on what is really important for them.