The topic brings out the worst in some folks, especially those who are firmly planted on the belief side and those who are solidly on the non-belief side. That I am an agnostic has not served me well in either camp. "Fence sitter", "waffler", and other less civil words have been flung my direction from both sides.
I am comfortable with my religious views only because it took me so long to finally decide that a book of parables written by humans and then re-written under the watchful eye of a monarchy was probably 90% bullcrap. The book does nothing to prove or disprove God's existence. Yet, the faithful are positive of God's existence and will offer up the Bible as proof.
The atheists are no better. They operate on the assumption that God does not exist because God has not shown him/herself. That for the lack of tangible evidence to the contrary, it must logically follow that there is no supreme being. Just because you cannot see it does not mean it does not exist.
As I said, I am an agnostic. I neither believe nor disbelieve. But I can see the worth of either view.
If you look at life on this planet and how symmetrical and predictable it is, believing that it was by design is not a stretch in my opinion. But if you look at the unpredictable and ugly side of life on this planet, one could safely assume there is no supreme leader looking out for us or our planet. We are an accident of physics and chemistry, a one in a billion coming together of just the right ingredients.............Hmm
If there is a God, they have no interest in how we turn out. If they did care, Free Will would not be on the menu. It is as if our makers planted a garden and walked away a safe distance to see how it turned out.
Life started out for me as a crap shoot. My conception was a "Whoops, I guess we had too many martinis last night". I could have easily been born into worse or better circumstances. As I gathered the years around my middle and in my mind, I realized my existence was not laid out for me, nor did I have even close to any control over it. So the timing of my departure from this plane of existence will be determined by some roll of the Fate dice.........................
If this is the case, and remember, I came up with this for my own comfort, no one else's......I figure the Afterlife is anything but predictable. And whether I face a vengeful God or no god or a guy named Lou who trims the hedges of the Universe, worrying about it now is not going to change anything. I just do not care if God exists or not. It seems a stupid subject to argue over and definitely a stupid idea to kill over, yet humans have been killing each other for millenniums over this very subject. What a bunch of morons we are.
Cross-posted at "Alexandria"