Imagine how comforting it would be to know – KNOW – that the all powerful creator of the universe had taken time out of his hectic schedule to speak directly to you. He has commanded you to do something.
Or imagine that you have a “personal relationship” with the all powerful creator of the universe. You can telepathically ask questions, and your “god” will give you answers, piped right into your brain.
Wouldn’t that be cool?
It would be completely, utterly, insanely delusional, but it WOULD be cool.
That is why religious people love religion. And the more devoted the follower, the stronger the delusion:
Religion circumvents the risk of accountability for the decisions we make. To be called by God to do something is both much more aggrandizing as well as much safer. If things don’t go well, it was His idea not yours, right?
To be called by God to run for office or advised through the secret communication of prayer, as it seems is the case with most conservative politicians these days, provides an immediate trump card of authority to bolster an individual’s ambition. It preordains any loss or rejection as either the will of God, or the work of his evil arch nemesis. The fragile ego of the individual remains intact and unblemished.
This only works if there are millions of equally insane, equally delusional people who let you get away with such moronic behavior.