I'm pretty new to religion and I have just recently shed my religious blindfold. I have a question that probably has been answered countlessly before but I couldn't find the answer to it.
So my question is: Did mankind create religion so as to give people the notion that they are being constantly watch by a all supreme uber genius spy camera (god) of their every action, probably because a pre-religious society had no sense of gulit or morality when it came to things like stealing, killing and etc.
Did let say a merchant who was constantly getting his goods stolen by theives create religion which would in turn tell these thieves that if they continue to steal they shall end up in eternal fire and miss the chance of going to heaven for an eternal life of luxury. So did religion sort of create a form of standardize morality in the past or during its early years?