The idea of God and a belief in a divine purpose for our lives are very comforting. The atheists are bereft of inherit meaning for their lives and are forced to make up a patch work of temporary fixes. These non-believers are forced to turn to basic science for the foundations of their beliefs, to the Darwinians and the Einsteinians and other “theorists”. But, the atheists don’t get much help there because the physicists claim the basic constituents of our physical Universe are arbitrary, except perhaps for gravity. As soon as anything exists (no matter its properties or exact qualities), there is going to be mass and the mass generates the appropriate gravity. That is why gravity is the only universal in our potential multi-universe.
The only character I can think of who reveres gravity as his ultimate God is the comic strip character The Tick, who says of gravity, “It’s a harsh mistress.” Even the Tick doesn’t so much revere Gravity as respect it. It is difficult to think of an astronomer as revering gravity and praying for it to come to his personal assistance, even though it is possible that gravity saved a few theoretical physicists’ careers.
God is so much better an idea, because it solves so many personal problems which might disturb a thinking person. It gives meaning to one’s life and to all existence and because God created everything which includes you personally it means he cares for you personally. God will come to your aid if you ask him personally for his help, in the right way of course. What father would turn away from his son who asked for his help?
It’s easy to understand why people like that idea; it gives an easy way out of every problem and removes all responsibility for personal behavior, because God is absolutely in charge. There is a problem, however, because whether God exists or doesn’t exist he doesn’t seem to respond very consistently to strictly verbal supplications for help. But if you use strictly empirically controllable supplications to God you do get consistent results. Asking God for something to eat doesn’t usually produce anything, but if you supplicate your empirical god by going to your pantry it usually works quite well, if you have taken the responsibility to store food there.
Atheists say, “Our most effective relationship in this world with God is to behave as if he doesn’t exist.” These people may get their empirical real-world rewards on this Earth, but when they die they will evaporate into the Universe of primordial matter and be truly dead. On the other hand the true believers may be handicapped by their unsupported speculative beliefs and not benefit so much in this world, but they will have eternal rewards in their life in the forever-after if their beliefs are true, … and they know they are true.