Take a moment to ponder something with me. We are all born into this existence without a template for why it is that we are even here. Religion, by nature, wants to provide that template, it goes out of its way to establish authority through other loyal humans that believe that they are carrying the torch of God.
Humans all over the world are carrying contradictory messages about this light. About God. About this grand narrative for why there is something rather than nothing at all.
If said God exists, He is lighting this torch for a very select few people, having not a whim of concern for the rest, or it is the people themselves that create this light. They create this narrative. They create this authority because we are otherwise left utterly and completely in the dark.
I think it is easier and less torcherous for people to claim some kind of unvalidated certainty via a chain of religious authority than it is to admit raw uncertainty. You know, the kind that gnaws at us when our set of expectations are unwarranted, unsatisfied, or both.
Which path reflects a higher honesty about the human predicament? That is for all of us to decide.