If you think I'm blaming god, then you really DON'T see my point at all. I cannot blame something I don't believe exists. But in order to discuss certain issues with believers, I must often phrase things from the believers perspective that this god DOES exist. You seem to think I'm pretending, like I'm giving god the silent treatment (ironic, huh?) because i'm angry or hate him. No. I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not believe this god exists.<quoted text> I see your point. I just think that blaming God for creating you with the freedom to choose good or evil is fallacious and unfair. It ignores the fact that God so loved the world that He put on flesh so He could allow Himself to be tortured to death to pay the price of our sins and open Heaven to us. How is that the mean, unloving, God that you feel you must not believe in? Jesus/God said.. "Until now you have called me master and that is true. But now I call you friend, and I lay down my life for you."
When you phrase something like "How is that the mean, unloving, God that you feel you must not believe in?" I don't feel I "must not believe in" this god... I simply cannot force myself to believe in something I just don't believe in. Much like the tooth fairy and Santa Claus, I beliieved when I was a child, because it was what I was taught. Then I grew up.
For the record, I'm agnostic leaning heavily toward atheist. I'm not positive that no supreme being exists... I'm just sure that if one does exist, it is not the one in the bible.