The world makes a whole lot more sense when you look at it without a god.
The more we understand about our psychology, our need to know “what caused something to happen”, the more we realise that to believe a god is responsible is just our way of filling in the gaps in our understanding of the natural world (and universe).
As soon as we realise & can accept the possibility that things just happen, due to natural forces, some of which we have yet to understand, (like bronze age people trying to explain lightning or earthquakes etc), and that all religion is just an old- fashioned way of trying to understand ourselves, our own subconscious brain, and our place in the world, that actually god is a man-made construct in our heads, a grown-up version of an imaginary friend, then things begin to make more sense.
Realising there exists such things as cognitive biases & assumptions including visual, auditory & kinaesthetic assumptions, helps us understand why it is so easy to believe in supernatural forces.
Realising that it’s the ‘god in one’s own head’ which is inspiring you & answering your prayers etc, helps us understand & connect with ourselves, our powerful & amazing sub-conscious minds.
As an Agnostic Athiest I do not believe in a god, nor do I think I need to believe in a god.
As a Scientific Naturalist I’m content to accept that some questions will remain unanswered, but that humans will continue to look for those answers using scientific methods, & others using supernatural metaphysical explanations.
I’m very much prepared to accept the existence of a god, but think the likelihood is slim.
For me my god is the universe! Ultimately it was the universe which created me, and sustains me. The universe is immense beyond comprehension & all powerful! I am made from stardust & when I die the elements in my body will return to the universe.
As such I could be described as a Pantheist.
In actuality I’m trying to become a Realist!
I do not believe there is a divine purpose for my existence, nor that I need salvation offered by a Saviour.
I believe we make our own purpose for life, and Secular Humanism describes an ethos for human compassion & service without the need for a god or for divine rewards or punishment. As such I describe myself as a Secular Humanist.
Marcus Aurelius put it well
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
― Marcus Aurelius
Pascal’s Wager (also known as Pascal’s Gambit) is a suggestion posed by the French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal where he asserts that since the existence of God can not be proved (or disproved) through reason, but since in his view there was much to be gained from wagering that God exists (and little to be gained from wagering that God doesn’t exist), a rational person should simply wager that God exists (and live accordingly).
Pascal’s wager is more about betting on God’s existence and having belief in God. Marcus Aurelius is saying that whether God exists or not doesn’t matter, nor does the belief; what matters is LIVING A GOOD LIFE!
If we go along with ‘Pascal’s wager’, which god do we follow?
If we follow any god on that basis, we would logically have to follow all gods!
If forced to choose any god, I’d choose the god in my head!
Basically I believe it’s what everyone else does, they just don’t know it!
And my god (in my head) would have my beliefs, & my personality. We would get along really well! 😉