Is religion false hope

You ask a lot of questions - and your questions raise some additional ones as well.

First of all, "hope" itself cannot be false. For example, a woman may hope that her husband who beats her everyday will one day stop and be a loving husband. This is not likely. We may say that her hope is misguided - but her "hope" is real enough. She truly hopes - and misguided or not that hope cannot be false.

But the rest of what you ask leads me to two questions - one more interesting than the other in my opinion.

The first is simply - is there a god? (Christian or otherwise viewed.) My strong opinion is no. I do not believe in any supernatural things (god, angels, reincarnation, the immaterial soul, etc.)

However, a more interesting question may be this. Even if religious belief is untrue belief can it still have benefits? Can believing that mythology (of any sort, God, karma, Santa, etc.) is true have positive benefits? Can being deluded or believing that which is false make one's life better? This is a difficult question.

Religion gives answers to questions that (at this point) rational thought cannot answer. Where did the universe come from? How am I to live a moral life? etc. And, people like answers. Answers are power. They are safe. If I KNOW which plants are poisonous and which I can eat and you DO NOT know, I have a very real advantage.

However, there are pitfalls too. Belief in a false answer can lead one to not rationally seek a true answer.

This question cannot be answered here. For my two cents, while taking some lessons from mythology has value - believing what there is not good (rational) reason to believe is probably ultimately very harmful - to the individual and to society.

Fiction can teach us many things - but we are best served by knowing it is fiction. Religion (Christian god, Thor, Zeus, Buddha, etc.) is fiction.