To me, God is an interpretation of the best possible person man can be. He loves, he forgives, he is a template we all strive toward and we place responsibility or blame on him, etc. Religion is the message that keeps the belief alive. Of course he doesn’t exist but I respect the role his character has played at forming our world and how we live in society. Without his story we could be people completely lacking morals and kindness and peace for all I know. I think as time goes on we are maturing out of it and now that we can retain and access information so easily we sort of don’t need a religion or belief system to maintain our lives in a good way.
Just my 2c