Hitchens also referred to the implications of the existence of god as suggesting a "celestial North Korea," where you were constantly under surveillance, where thought-crime was a valid and punishable principle, and where you couldn't die to get out of the contract. Indeed, as Hitch said, death was just the beginning of the game.
I am exceptionally glad that there is no god, and I cannot see that the presence of any form of deity would improve my lot or anyone else's on this planet in any demonstrable form.
Sure it would be great if there were some magical people or creatures living in space who wanted to grant us wishes. It would be nice if there was a magical man living at the North Pole who brought me gifts too. I think most people would think a god would be wonderful. That's why they live their lives in such self deception. Of course, the rest of the Christian gods I could do without. Their god of the underworld, Satan does not sound very nice at all. Their Holy spirit is creepy too.
Thank god there is no god.
Yes I would prefer my Goddess to exist. The key word is MY- as in hell yes, if I could create the divine being of my choice, I would love for her to exist.
No. (by this I mean I don't want a "benevolent powerful God to look after me and guide my life.") What if we vehemently disagree about some things? I'd be going against the personal design of the lord of the universe. It would suck to be me. The god of the Bible is a fictional character who is a genocidal tyrant who tried to put a band-aid on his own mistakes by nailing his own son (who couldn't really die anyway, being the son of god and all) to a cross. Allah is even worse, and Hindu gods would just as soon skewer you as look at you. Ugh.
Would this god-being give me a say in the natural order of things and cure cancer for me? I'd sure like my mother back. She died too young. Theists try to rationalize, to the point of absurdity, the existence of evil and bad things happening to good people all the time. There is no god. Based on everything I know about the physical universe, there cannot be a god. I don't want there to be a god, and I'm relieved there isn't one.
If I could wish my own personal god into being, I'd want to share him with all the living beings who have suffered since the beginning of living beings before I'd want a favor for myself. And even then, I would not want him to violate the laws of physics to create miracles. If it were that easy, we should all be in nirvana now. Physical existence is pretty much all I or you have. We're alone, and we have to create our nicey-nice world for ourselves. That's actually the way I prefer it.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully...
Now seriously ... is THIS the guy you want at your back? I would vastly rather be responsible for myself and CHOOSE those I want for support than trust the twit from that iron-age book of nightmares.
Love that quote from Richard Dawkins.