Since the first ages of humanity people wanted to believe something more stronger and more mightier with this humanity believed so many things like sun , storms , moon but non of them is worth believing because you know that storms finishes , mooon goes and sun comes then sun goes and moon comes so nothing is immortal or stays forever but some countries still believe to cows or monkeys but besides them some countries believe allah , jesus or some mighty people just like them.
So if we should start from first ages in first ages pepole believe satues for an example in Arabia people belive statues called puts but with the come of Hz.Muhammed he tried to make people believe to allah with book kuran-ı kerim so this the story of Muhammed once up on a time Muhammed is a good gut that everybody believes and thinks good about him and someday he goes to a cave in that cave some kind of an angel comes to him says you are a prophet or some kind of a thing sıo people started to believe Muhammed because his religion is he is good he fighted with non-believers and nowadays Islam is one of the biggest religions of all.
Next we can talk about Jesus the story of jesus like that Jesus, when he was 12 years old, talking with the teachers in the temple. Eighteen years later Jesus was baptized, and he then began the Kingdom preaching and teaching work that God sent him to earth to do. To help him in this work, Jesus chose 12 men and made them his apostles.Jesus also did many miracles. He fed thousands of people with only a few small fishes and a few loaves of bread. He healed the sick and even raised the dead.
Finally, we can understand religions hava really big effect on humanity people can manıpulate other people with religion or free their min with religion for example hundreds of yeras ago in europe priests scam people they say we can sell a peice of hevean and the people believe them so it end up with europe getting poor las but not least ı wanna say that for me ı think religion frees peoples mind.