So far, we have managed to disprove most of the bible which leaves people in the dark as they no longer know what to believe in.
My favorite is "If the ark landed at Mt Ararat, how did the kangaroos get to Australia?
Children and young adults tend to lean towards the same conclusion. There is a divine being out there, pulling strings and keeping things in order, yet it is not the god as described in the Bible. These days we talk about faith, but not faith in god as such, but faith in the higher power! These are only my observations so please correct me if I appear to be wrong ^-^...
I don't think you're wrong at all. I can *hope* that God/Ra/Vishnu/Flying Spaghetti Monster will grant me a puppy after I die to make up for the fact my mortal existence was filled with occasional disappointment and loss. I can *hope* that Sky Daddy will put right all the wrong that happened, and the wicked will be punished.
But its just *hope*. There's nothing of substance there. Which is a shame, because many people spend their lives hoping for what won't come, rather than trying to make things work better "down here", so to speak.
So sure, lots of people hope, and want that. And if wishes were fishes...