In the end, whatever helps you sleep at night..
We'll find out the day we die! I personally hope I just fade into nothing.. I hate the idea of getting on my knees in front of some white bearded uber daddy and pleasing him.
To me its a disgusting notion and strips the humanity away from my life.
I havent touched this stuff in a lot of years (15+) but from my understanding, religion used to use sciences discoveries as a way to explain "Gods" work.
Some of histories greatest scientific achievements came from the church! Stuff that directly flew in the face of the word of God as written and changed by man.
Its not been until the last few decades that they have become enemies and its the extremist wings that are too blame for that!