My Terms And Conditions For Accepting God
My main problem with Theists is that they demand submission.
"Thou shalt bow down and worship before this idol."
In the question of belief systems, I dont see any one of those any better or worse than any other. The act of believing what you don't have to believe is, in my opinion, superstition. With that statement, I mean to say that the problem is in the relation. You can relate to both science and rationality in a superstitious manner, meaning that you will uncritically accept axiomatic tenets, without investigating the matter for yourself, then move on to using it as a "weapon" against people with whom you disagree. It is the authority principle that I have a problem with.
Saying "I don't know" is an honest thing. Saying "I don't know but I believe what that guy says, even if I don't really understand any of it" is stupid.
Let's say that there is a God. Let's say that there is an Aristotelian "unmoveable mover". The creator of the universe. The supreme and omnipotent source of all power. Do I have even the slightest reason to believe that such a creature would care about my earthly human sensibilities? No I most certainly do not. I am reminded of that old Roman proverb: It's never good to have the Emperor's attention. If there is a God, an omnipotent creator, isn't it then the most horrendous blasphemy to think that you can know his agenda? That you can magically channel "messages" from God? Shouldn't you simply be grateful for the gifts that you have been given, such as life and the ability to feel, and move on to make the best you can out of what you have?
I am willing to accept God if you are willing to discard the Bible. Quid pro quo. I am serious. I will accept God if you can stand before me and say that you really and truly understand that the Bible is nothing more than a collection of old texts that at their best is little more than fables and parabels of inspiration. But The Word Of God they are not. Omnipotent creators don't write books, they create galaxies and supernovas. Omnipotent creators don't give a flying fuck whether you "believe" in them or not, they just laugh at you for being such a self important twat.
"The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind." (Alphonse Donatien De Sade)