.....James 3:17 - Wisdom from above is reasonable
No - There is no wisdom from "above."
These are writings from a collection of wise people a few thousand years ago that some parts of history has continued to hand down as from some sort of god, that version of a god mostly dependent on which part of the world we live, and which people of power influenced the area's religion. Sure, there is good wisdom involved in some of these religious writings, just as there are mistakes and contradictions because mankind and science were just starting to get our act together.
It keeps getting handed down because there is enough wisdom written down - things like the beatitudes in the christian bible. Since a god is involved, that belief part goes along because people are understandably frightened from the idea of crossing a god, and we've had it drummed into our brains as children, and it is tough to shake. Any normal thinking human has moments of - hey, wait a minute - is this hogwash?
Seriously, even if there were some type of deity that has since moved on - like a computer programmer - the whole heaven and hell part, the 72 virgin part, the nirvana part, the reincarnation part, the eye of newt potion part - [sigh] you just have to shake your head. But what is good for society continues to be good for society, no matter what we believe. But just take a minute and wonder what would happen if the outrageous amounts of money for golden cathedrals went towards curing cancer.
And what is most important is that society shakes these fundamentalist ideas from all the religions that pit mankind against mankind. To think that , say, places like the United States continue to go around the world flexing it's might to get what it needs, and somehow bases that on religion. That is the danger - God Bless America, Brazil, Kenya - Allah Bless Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen -, Lord Buddha, Krishna, protect whoever, may Zeus protect whoever. Gimme a break.
Look at the problems between Israel and Palestine, and how much religious culture influences this never ending battle. This one battle may end up being the spark that dooms mankind. Just today, look at North Korea - they're not supposedly religious, but their young leader, Kim Jong Un, seems to be as nuts with power as most people, and sure the rest of the religious world gets behind their different gods feeling so higher and mightier than North Korea, while North Korea's repressed people don't get enough to eat.
Sorry, I got carried away.