Innocent spirituality, finally pantheism could have been reasonable primitive observations of natural phenomena. But to have the judging, smiting old man in the sky, someone clearly ignored what they could have easily understood about human motivation by taking an honest look at themselves.
I believe that if you stare out into space long enough eventually you will see God...well the back of your head, we all the supreme directors our own personal Universes, but why is all this stuff here you say? This is all just the results of events you set in motion a loooong time ago, so long ago you forgot.
God is the deepest idea in the human mind. The metaphysical problem of God is a distraction from grasping the real key to religion, which is 'comparative religion'.
big overlap but religious is more historically rooted i would say
religion tries to house the evolving human spirit by rooting it in history. The problem is when religion doesn't evolve with society enough, or alternatively when it goes too far like with $cientology.
They are a return to a more ancient psychology, the religion of basically extinct civilizations. It's usually embraced by counter-cultural people and they usually emphasize nature over reason.Paganism also has its own dogmas but because they come from pre-literate, pre-agricultural civilizations usually they haven't hardened into the complex hierarchies and formalized cannon of Christianity of Judaism.
We don't know what made God, We really don't know what could have created our Universe. Its possible that it was created by complete chance. Now, thats a thought.
He has to play fair or the game doesn't work. We are made in his image. That doesn't mean that we look like him. It means we are thiking beings with Free Will. If He rigs the game, our Free Will means nothing.
He could, indeed. But that would make him the deceiver, would it not? More the role of Satan?