It is not argumentum ad populum, I'm saying you shouldn't disregard these beliefs so quickly considering that others believe in them for some reason.
I'm not denying the existence of those Gods (of course you blatantly are), I don't claim to know who/what God is or if there are many Gods; people chose those gods to represent different aspects of their lives and it aided them in promoting society and achieving a stable life full of purpose, and love. Now who actually lived a good life depends on the individual, as is the case now.
The end of consciousness meaning that when we die we simply cease to exist, there is no afterlife, no continuation in different forms, no God, we just die. And I'm saying that this argument can be made just as absurd as you are making religion and an afterlife, because we don't know what happens when we die.
Now stop trying to argue on tangents and corner cases and tell me if the idea of a loving god makes sense, if doesn't then you are entitled to your opinion, but I don't think my efforts should be wasted if you are not going to take this under serious consideration.