Inspired by kanji401: Is the purpose of religion to explain the unknown?
The purpose of religion was (and still is to some degree) to control the masses. Furthermore, one can draw *many* parallels between our nation's primary religion of Christianity with ancient Egyptian religions based upon the sun that pre-date it.
That's a secondary purpose.
I think the bigger purpose was to keep people in order.
I do not know.
I have never made up a religion for any reason.
One religion might properly define God.
The many others by default have to be
I conclude either humans make up
Religions or God has poor communication skills!
What if neither were true, but that God was as individualized as what you see as being the color purple?
Interesting twist. Maybe God's language resides outside our hearing. And his image outside our visible Spectrum. That would not be an omnipotent God.
A god that is everywhere I go is omnipotent to me.
OK, God is either not able or willing to save everyone from suffering. How is that omnipotent?
Semantic distinction – I think the purpose of belief in a deity in man-made religions is indeed to explain the unknown. The purpose of Judaism and Christianity is to relate to and warship the God Who has revealed Himself to us.