Reality as we can perceive and sense it is created in our minds: all sounds, smells, feelings, tastes, and sights. But outside of our minds and consciousness is a void place of nothingness. The mind happens to take the information provided by this nothingness, and creates a "texture map" (like the 2D graphics that make up textures for the wireframes in a 3D video game) and overlays it onto our mental sensory field (like a TV screen), "creating" the individual, subjective reality as we know it.
This reality is an illusion, however. In certain eastern belief systems, this is called, among other names, the veil of Maya (subjective reality), which obscures the "Absolute Truth," (aka Brahman, aka God/the godhead) or objective reality.
To overcome subjective reality, we need to use all the "vantage points" we can to view and as much of objective reality as possible. This is called parallax. We'll never gain a full picture of it on an individual scale, but we can only get closer and closer to understanding or seeing what it is - this is basically ANUS's "active nihilist" path.
Well, I'm glad somebody worded it like this, finally. It just seems really asinine to attack such a strawman that is the populist understanding of religion, on this, a nihilist forum. You're not doing your intellect any justice, RedReign, by fixating on the most obviously retarded elements of religion without, as MA,YA (interesting) says, looking beyond the symbols and also then to why the symbols are in the form that they are and how these are all inter-connected to build up a picture of what (transcendentalist) religion really is.
The point here is not to advocate following any religion, but to show that the core principle of these religions is their expression of the ultimate, unconditioned reality...essentially, reality that is devoid of inherent value and purpose which nihilists also understand. It is this nothingness that underlies why the material laws of the universe are as they are, as science observes and not orchestrated by some super-sentient being (if the Christian pedophile purple dinosaur loves you demigod were the 'prime mover', the universe would look a lot different, with total heat death occurring about now!). What religion does from the understanding of nothingness is align human activity to the pure ways of the universe, the manifestations of the unmanifest, lest we be caught up in the illusory reality of subjectivity and our egos as explained by MA'YA.
The void is an abstract nothing, almost like pure mind that isn't associated with a physical body with all it's sense perceptions and thinking, mortal ego. I think it's in this way that the transcendentalist religions have defined God as the highest of the high in a hierachy of states of 'Consciousness' - the ruling nothingness of reality. Humans as inheritors to the reins of 'consciousness' must then steer the mind back towards reality beyond the 'categories' of the reins - sense perceptions and the thinking, mortal ego. Animals, for example, have this 'consciousness' too but not the reins (I guess 'will' in the Schopenhauerian sense would be a better word here). This means animal activity, like all material phenomena as we said earlier, is simply underlied by the nothingness, and we as humans need to CONSCIOUSLY align our thoughts and actions to the nihil, to re-discover our true selves, in order to authenticate our existences.
We see our mortal frames rotting before our eyes, our thoughts, memories and experiences are all insignificant to the vast cosmos that hubble deep field captures, so we look beyond this temporary flesh to the things in life that promote continuity and resonate with the eternality of nature's design...family, tribe/race, culture, civilisation, strife, sacrifice, glory...the heroic spirit to authenticate our lives, like Achilles, in the face of indifference and meaninglessness, to create out of this realisation rather than wallow in the self.
That's a little about nihilism and religion as I interpret it. Apologies for the incoherence as I'm going back and forth between procrastinating and actually working!