Just imagine how the world would be if 1/2 the people didn't believe that their actions while alive on Earth determine your punishment after you die. Being afraid of eternal punishment helps keep people 'in line' as far as treating others. Not a believer myself, but I am sure glad most do.
one of the very few I could agree with
why do people refer to religion as a way to obtain power... can't you see around you? the most efficient way to obtain power is by obtaining money, it's always been that way, nothing to do with religion
the answer to the OP is very simple in my opinion, money
the very point of religion is that wealth is spiritual, not material
don't mind my username, that was more than 10 years ago, I'm a different person now, amazing how people change ^_^