It is not unreasonable for an intelligent and kind-hearted person, before they have acquired sufficient experience about the true nature of reality, to assume that fairness is a fundamental property of the universe.
And so, it is understandable… and somewhat morally defensible… for them to invent and worship supernatural beings who have the power to do what they perceive themselves incapable of doing… like changing the weather, curing the incurable, reuniting them with deceased loved ones, and guaranteeing ultimate justice.
The many opportunity costs of such false hope is problem enough… for all of us (a topic for another time and place), but the “true believers” cannot stop there. Their expansive faith also includes a deep enthusiasm for… and a peculiar pride in… inventing and worshiping saviors who promise to do what they are unwilling to do.
Their messiahs… whatever their divine or earthly form… deity, prophet, saint, or demigod… must be so “magnanimous” that “the true believers” are rescued not just from their impotence, but from their shortcomings… rescued especially from their ignorance, apathy, laziness, and cowardice.
What is such thin hope for magical rescue but the ultimate rejection of freedom and dignity? The ultimate abdication of responsibility? The ultimate expression of despair?