"If God Wasn't Real, It Would Be Necessary to Invent Him."
It's so much easier to put your fate in another's hands, even if those hands are metaphysical. It makes it easier to accept the shit when it flys your way.
"Everything Happens for a Reason"
"It's God's Will."
But, when you think about it, even those who do not believe in a God kind of do this same thing.
Some horrendous unforseen episode resulting in a gruesome, untimely death.
"Eh, the universe is random. That's the way it goes."
It would seem, that even if we don't deify or personify a higher power, there is still an instinct to defer to one. Even if it's an Inanimate Everything and Nothing.
Believing in Nothing is still believing in Something.