Without FEAR religion would never exist. Without "Holy" books, priests, pastors and religious overlords, there would be no religions. Unfortunately, it is those who appoint themselves as representatives and conduits for "God", who religiously rape the simple minded.
Religion is like quicksand and once you are in its grip, you sink and slowly sink until you are consumed. At that point escape from its suffocation is next to impossible. You cannot see or hear any voice other than your own quicksand.
Admittedly you have never, not even once in your entire life seen "God", or so much as sat down in your home and had a friendly conversation with this "God", that you think you worship and obey and are deathly afraid of.
That being true, then it is not "God" who is the author of your religious beliefs or of your "Holy" books, but rather egotistical, extremely haughty and vain men, who pretend to speak for "God" to you.
Now the bottom line and the real cause of man-made religions---the love of power, control, self and an endless gravy-train of free $money for life; all at the expense of the timid, the fearful, the unknowing, the easily deceived, the naive, the gullible and those who cannot think or reason for themselves.
In our modern day and age there is a veritable wealth of knowledge about the origins of the "Bible", and apart from and outside of the religious parrots or apologists for the so called "Bible." Only when church goers are willing to read and study from the endless array of challenges to the status quo, can they crawl out of the man-made religious quicksand.
You sacrifice not only your own life, but the life of your family and children, when you live in fear of some self-appointed preacher, who will end life in the graveyard. Of course it is human to want to live forever in paradise, but no human priest, pastor or religious overlord is your guarantee of life after death. They may quote verses from ink on paper called "the Bible", but the bible is an entirely man-made collection of human writings never inspired by "God." Do the research and prove it.
If you really want to live, then opt out of submission to religious overlords and set your family free from the hypocrisy of religious priestcraft.