Each human has 24 hours each day to survive. In order to spend those hours doing something other than quivering in fear, different societies invented beliefs to explain away the demons. A few of those who were eloquent speakers and real nice guys became prophets and convinced others to follow them (and to hand over their riches sometimes). Seriously, how did Joseph Smith get anyone to believe him? And the Catholics! My ex's best friend was married for 15 years, but he was able to get that marriage annulled so that he could divorce and remarry in the Catholic church. How? A nice fat donation! It's all ridiculous. I've been through some tough spots in life, and one thing got me through them: myself (and sometimes my mother--thanks, Mom).