I tend to think that those who are following ideologies that purport some end of the world / rapture / what-have-you do have a power over those same followers. They believe the divinity of the words and commands they follow and so yield to it. So it becomes self-fulfilling. Why stop climate change if God is going to bring the rapture? It might as well then be supernatural because to them it REALLY is. Humans may have invented religion but that doesn't mean we aren't powerless to stop it now. Can you get out of handcuffs without a key or tool?
Destructive and restrictive ideologies must be abandoned and filled by ones that replace superstition with investigation and that replace faith with philosophy.