I'm not religious but I got beliefs. Recently, my christian "faithful to god" side has been battling my atheist "there is no god" side.
I think about this a lot and I have come to the partial conclusion that, whatever you believe, it's all about faith. Whether you have faith that there is no god or you have faith that there is a god, it's all about faith.
Do people find it comforting to believe in god? Yes, you could say it helps people in everyday life, which is just what "god" is actually supposed to do right?. Maybe people want to pray because it might help them, personally, through a difficult time, or to have some mental stability in the thought of someone protecting their friends and family. Because this life can go any which direction, you might die any day, but as long as you believe in god, you'll be safe. So in this sense, god really does exist.
When there's no god, there's nothing. You die and that's it! This is scary to some people who were raised to believe that as long as they believe in god, nothing bad will ever happen to them, while those who wish to not believe in god find themselves more prepared for what life throws in their face, and also find greater motivation in life. Atheists might feel this way because some religious people like to "sit and wait" for god to save them from a situation, while the atheist believes he has to do something or nothing's ever going to get done. Another thing is, when people believe god is always going to keep them safe, as soon as disaster strikes, what can they say then? This is a soul crushing realization, which some people can't handle. This is where "everything happens for a reason", but some things just cannot be explained by that saying.
The truth is, life is nothing but choices. Depending on what family you were born into, your siblings, people you have ever encountered, anything you've ever done, your destiny is panned out. Every choice you make, and perhaps the choices that are made by other people that cross paths with you, leads to an ultimate destination. Oh whoops you went down this alley to the right and got shot instead of taking the long way home, for example. It's uncontrollable and dictated by your personality. That's why I believe everything is "written".
You could say Religion is only a state of mind. Since we all are different people with completely different personalities then we're obligated to handle things in our life, our own way, so why even argue about religion. As for me, I believe in god. Not because I pray to god for help in times of need, but I honestly believe people were put on this earth for some reason . It's hard for me to believe that we're nothing but evolved monkeys put on this earth with all this brain power, but no more of a purpose in life than an ant you step on, accidently or purposely.
I apologize if some of this doesn't make sense but I've never openly talked about religion and wouldn't know how to express how I feel through these paragraphs. If something doesn't make sense, please tell me and I will try to clarify.
I like to follow the philosophy of Moderation also.