But the question is: did he enjoyed his life? It's his life after all and not yours. You'll both end up as compost or ashes in the end. So why restrain yourself. As an aside, your historical viewpoint is wrong also. Royalties and government used religions as a mean to control the populace. It doesn't in anyway prove the existance of Gods, only that you can make the masses belive in anything when you use the might of the government to enforce it. Those who rebeled were branded heretic and faced death penalty and/or torture.