Hello, I have a philosophical question to pose to people of faith, in this case, Muslims in particular. What difference does it make? Suppose person (A) and person (B) are identical in their good deeds, abstaining from evil, being pure of thought and sincere... Person (A) is an agnostic, not subscribing to any religion. Person (B) is a Muslim, subscribing to Islam, sect being whichever you believe is true. Case 1: If Person (A) goes to Hell then what is truly important is that they belonged to the true religion of Islam. Case 2: If Person (A) goes to Heaven then it is irrelevant whether one believes in a religion or not, and in this case we can build an argument against religion on the basis that it only causes separation. Given the presupposition of Case 2, regardless of your religion you will go to heaven if you are good and sincere. Then how can any religion be true and what is its purpose? Good morals can be taught without needing to believe in a religion. If one demotes religion to a mere ticket office then one also demotes God to a mere ticket salesman, assuming Case 1 where one must not only follow the moral code and possibly even the tenants of a religion, but subscribe to its very mental belief structure. Is religion merely a set of mental beliefs which separate us? I believe it to be so. Given Person (A) and (B) are identical in all ways with the exception of their religious beliefs, is there any reason for religion at all other than to separate the two? Whether socially or eternally, it is a sad thought to process. Religion may be merely an exclusive club that one joins, when one could have been equally successful, polite, and morally guided without said religion. They now have a collection of thoughts in their brain which enable them to enter paradise (ie Allah is One, Muhammad is His messenger...) these thoughts in and of themselves are surely useless without deeds, but how are deeds to be useless without these thoughts?