Religion is to loose a term to just start a discussion such as this. Therefore, we first must define our terms. The definition of religion to which I will be referring will be: An institutionalized belief system grounded in the beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader or deity.
Religion, speaking specifically of the advent of Judaism, was created by God through his prophets unto the Hebrew nation. With out any reference material I am going to say that, the greater part of this formation of the Jewish “institution” occurred with the Exodus and continued up until the completion of the Temple. Feel free to correct me if I am misstating the facts.
Religion, speaking in the broad scope of the matter, was likely an occurrence of man’s attempt to attach meaning to those things which he was unable to explain or comprehend.
-OR- It evolved as mankind struggled to answer unanswerable questions. The lack of revelation with regard to these questions in turn caused a psychological void. This void was naturally filled by reliance on omnipotent being/beings.
Most of the secularists out there would have you believe that the whole encompassing umbrella of religious philosophy found its formation in such a way. I will concede that most of them did. What I will not surrender is that all found their beginning out of a need to explain or a need to lean on that proverbial god crutch. There is far too much proof of real God to be ignored. I believe fully that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. His name is YHWH, ALMIGHTY, Everlasting, Jesus.