Like many others, it's not so much God that is hated, but what God stands for, and what has been done in God's name.
Think back to every major war and conflict in human history. How many were religious based? Even the great World War I and II had roots in
ethnic/religious cleansing. 90% of all major global conflicts have been over religion and/or territory. Even in this day and age where more people
than ever are reasonably educated, people keep killing each other in God's name.
I have known many different people, both Christian and non. I've met many Christians that attended church every Sunday, prayed at every meal, that
thumb their nose at nonbelievers, trod on the poor and unfortunate, rape their children and kill their wives
I have known many people that volunteer their free time at the local YMCA to teach swim lessons to children, that volunteer at Muscular dystrophy
camps for children, that pick up garbage on the street as they walk by because no one else will, that are respectful of other people, that are
lower-middle class but grateful for all they DO have instead of all they DON'T have. They are agnostic.
You're religion shouldn't make the person you are. I don't beleive in the same God as the bible/Qu'ran/etc say; but i'm a good person at heart
and soul. If I'm wrong, and it turns out when I die and I'm standing in front of the Almighty One, what would I say?
I would say nothing. Because I would have nothing to say. If God is God, he'll already know all he needs to make his judgement on me, asking a
question is a mortal line of thinking. God needs no questions. But the truth as I see it is- there is no God (at least as not as we think of God).
When you die, you die. It's that simple. What do you remember from before you were born? Thats right, nothing. Because you didn't exist. When
you die, you go back to non-existence. No memories, no conciousness, nothing. You're mind simply disappears. Disturbing to think of? You bet it
is, because your brain is hardwired for survival, and thinking of your existance as temporary would endanger your sanity. If you truely knew and
understood how little your existance means, people would commit suicide or harm others and just go out of control. The concept of God and an
afterlife helps keep people sane, and gives them a 'purpose' to life.
I've long ago accepted this truth for myself, and although life may ultimately be pointless, I've decided to enjoy it for as long as I do have left.
And I've dedicated myself to helping others enjoy their life, to appreciate what they've got, to see and understand the truths of life in this
world (and beyond) through all the mis-information that clouds peoples heads. And I honestly feel I found what the Buddhists call 'Nirvana'. I
feel an intense calmness about everything. I don't get upset at little things anymore, I'm healthier and happier than ever before, and I make
everyone else around me feel good about themselves as well. That makes a fulfilling life, and when my time comes, I'll smile as I let go, knowing I
died happy, and making life better for everyone else. I'll slip back into non-existence gratefully.
All this- without having to shackle myself to a God. If I'm wrong, and I open my eyes in front of Him; then as I said, I will have nothing to say.
My life and actions speak for me.