Even as we fall further away from god(s), people are living longer than ever, infant mortality is falling everywhere except for war situations, women and minority rights are improving in most places, literacy levels are rising, famine has become episodic and rare
, serious infectious diseases are contained quickly
, surgery for many conditions has become routine. If you do lose a limb, you are far more likely to survive it and be able to have a good life--no gods needed. Many of us will live to old age with our own teeth (thanks to dental care and fluoride) still able to see (thanks to glasses) and able to walk (thanks to hip replacements) for the first time in human history.
Find any era in the past when people presumably were closer to god--1950's, 1850's, 1550's. What was the overall death rate? What was the infant mortality rate? Were people expected to routinely lose a few babies along the way? Were women expected to routinely die in childbirth? What happened if you contracted an infectious disease like leprosy or smallpox? How nasty was the water, and what was basic sanitation like? Who could vote, own property, hold any job or public office, live in any community of their choice? What was the status of women and minority groups? How many people were enslaved or in some other way severely oppressed? What was the criminal justice system like? How were mentally ill people treated?
More people have more opportunities to live decent lives than ever before in human history. As we have fallen further away from god(s) life gets better, not worse. Moreover, the places with the fewest overt religious influences tend to be the best places to live: Canada, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland. The more religious a place, the worse people's lives tend to be by comparison: Haiti, Guatemala, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Bangladesh, Burma. (Even in the worst places, people are better off overall than they were 1000 years ago.)
Anyone who thinks life was better for the average person 200 or 400 or 2400 years ago just does not know history. I have a colleague who studies the history of medicine. He says that 1000 years ago, if you got a cut, any cut no matter how small, it was about 50-50 that you would die of a nasty septic infection. How many people here have gotten seriously ill from infected cuts? Probably not many. Clean water and antibiotics for the win, babycakes.
And, no, prayer to gods had no positive effect
on health, life spans, survival from accidents or disease, or we would not have had to invent scientific medicine and implement public health measures. Why go through ten years of medical training learning how to safely cut living people open, take out bad sh!t and sew them back up? Why develop drugs to treat mental illness, STD's and epilepsy? Why even bother to boil water to kill the germs?
Why do any of that if a guy in a dress muttering in Latin or Sanskrit works just as well?
I have said it before, and will say it again so people like AshelyNC can think about it: if religion worked the way people say it does, we would not have needed to invent science