Excuse my off-hand remark, but I have had that question in my mind for years and years.
What indeed is the whole point of religion? All religions say they have the power to save our souls, but that is when we’re dead! What about when we’re alive?
How do they save our souls then? I’m not an athiest, but neither am I a fanatic. Having recently been through a death of someone really young, and really close to me, I just don’t see the justification of religion as a whole.
We prayed for that person, we prayed like there was no tomorrow. And everyone we met said our prayers would be answered. So taht person passed away, despite our prayers. Is that how a wonderful God responds to prayers? It seems he delights in taking away people as he wishes, no matter how much we value their presence with us, in our families.
No answer to this, I’m afraid. I’ve been asking for years, nobody has been able to answer me satisfactorily.
No offence to anybody, just my views on things.