You could be right sizemik...I can admire what people do, or the way they say things. But it doesn't mean I idolise them...maybe latching onto the idea of God gives us a type of strength that we can't find on our own...or maybe it's just that God IS....and we know this in our bones.
When I was a teenager...(an angry confused one)...I was very anti religion...anti establishment...anti a lot of things. Pro peoples rights, pro equalilty for all, I went on marches, I protested, and I thought I did it because I was an idividual...I was wrong.
I was still being led by other people who were anti religion...anti establishment...anti a lot of things. Pro peoples rights, pro equalilty for all...etc...I still looked up to these people/bands/leaders....and now that I look back, I put them on a pedistal.
I think I look at the world slightly differently now...I can still be all those things...but I think it is for different reasons now. I follow no person (I don't think )...the most ironic thing for me is that I have come full circle...from getting tangled up with JW religion...I am back to being anti religion....lol...I think my next step is probably apathetic towards religion...I can feel that a bit already...and I become incensed by injustice and cruelty...but on a different level...because now I actually grieve when I see it.
Belief in God though is a completely different issue for me...that has never changed. It's like its a part of ME...Maybe as flipper points out...it is because I don't have enough faith/trust in myself...could be ...but I just don't feel like it is. I have moments in my life where I genuinely feel that God was looking after me when I couldn't look after myself. And I cannot discredit that.