I'm not sure, though I have seen a couple of people who went into religion - not always a monotheist religion - and get off of drugs, alcohol, etc... straighten their lives up, etc. Of course, we both know they could have done this without joining a religion, but "god(s)" pushed that person to become better. So I'm not always sure it's just ritual. And I've only known a few, a very few, who actually claim to "hear" anything... whether audibly or just a feeling, etc... For me, ritual never brought about that type of emotion. Not even when I was a Christian. If people had "god" in their lives in that manner, I would think these people would be extremely happy ALL the time, would be apart from society in a way that everyone around them would know something was up... but instead, they are all just like the rest of us, with the exception of making claims of having something better, without really showing they do.