I believe that God and the Bible were created by the rich population to keep the poor population "in line." Of course this would have taken place an extremely long time ago. So once people knew that this method would keep people in line, more and more people started making stories with their own beliefs and rules in hope to make others follow. So in the end, it just became this big thing.
And also, not having a religion, I am extremely afraid of death. Because I mean, I believe that nothing happens to me when I die. Do you know how depressing that is? It would be nice to have something to believe in so you can feel a little better about death and what will happen afterwards.
I also think that people wanted to create a God to have someone to blame imperfections on. Not just personal imperfections, but imperfections in the world and the environment. And it's just an easy answer for everything. I mean, not knowing about stuff scares people. So why is this like this, well because God made it that way. Simple answer.
The Bible's story contadicts itself all over the place, not only with other lines within itself, but also with scientifical proof we have today.
So really, there are so many religions because people made them that way. It is your choice to pick which one to believe is true, if any.
Actually, GOD created ALL the religions, with all of their Truths, Half-Truths and outright falsehoods (lies) in order to address the varied states of consciousnesses in the world. Immature SOULS are attracted to the falsehoods and suffer accordingly. As those SOULS mature, they are more attracted to the Truths of that religion. Then, when they've learned all they can...they move on.
This world is a school that GOD sends IT's Children to, in order for them to learn and grow. One cannot learn everything in one life so many thousands of lifetimes are required in order to complete the full development, purification and Enlightenment of SOUL.
Like any good university, Earth has many different approaches to (SOUL'S) education..ie..Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hindu etc. There has been civilization on this planet for over 2 million years. Every so often, GOD wipes the slate and history begins again. But, no SOUL is ever lost or forgotten about.
GOD doesn't lose HIS Children, HE just PERFECTS THEM. Over time, all SOULS eventually graduate from this school as new SOULS come in to take their place. There are trillions of worlds like Earth, in this dimension and higher dimensions. GOD's Creation is quite vast.
Your destiny is one day, be the PERFECTED SOUL and be a CO-CREATOR with GOD in All Eternity. BLESSINGS..!!
First, you must understand that true religion has a base foundation of true teachings. If your present religion is teaching things that are true and some things that are not truth, then you have not found the true religion; though you yourself may be a God-fearing individual. This is why Jesus initiated the house to house preaching campaign; so that right-hearted people can learn the whole truth. When one is searching for the truth he or she should make sure that his religion of choice is teaching the truth; first on the basic things. If the basic things that your religion of choice are correct according to the bible; then your biblical examination can proceed from a solid foundation. There are 4 popular teachings, that has engulfed most religions today. They are: (the soul is immortal and it cannot die) (Hell is a place of torment) (All true Christians go to Heaven) (Jesus and God are one and the same). All of these teachings are popular and yet they are all false. Thus, all but one religion on earth teaches one or more of these teachings. If your religion teaches any one of these teachings, then you have not found the true religion; though you may be God-Fearing. The only religion that does not tech any of these teachings are Jehovah Witnesses.; because they are all false teachings. Jehovah Witnesses can show you from your bible that these teachings are false! If you want to contact me at my email, then I can show you from your own bible that these teachings are false.
But fast forward a couple thousand years and we have approx 33,000 different denominations which have branched off.
Because it's hard to be a real Catholic Christian. It involves sacrifice (which is real love of course) and it involves worship (in today's society most people can't be bothered...they're too wrapped up in their wordly ways) and it involves faith (again some are just too wrapped up/self absorbed/self sufficient)
Some people walk around saying they believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and yet they have no problem with abortion.
Catholics of course oppose any killing of innocent life (just like Jesus would).
The true religion is the one which holds true to the Blessed Trinity of God the Father, God the Son..Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit