And that is precisely where you err. This Higher Power has zero to do with religion. And, I'll ask you again, what makes you think YOUR religion is the right one as opposed to all the other ones? They are as convinced of theirs as the only one as you are of yours. Although different in many ways, they share the same philosophy, namely scare the wit out of its followers in order to dominate them, starting with their thinking process. It worked well until today when religion's foibles and excesses have at last been revealed, and except for Islam (its turn will come), all religions are showing a huge drop in believers and church attendance. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time.<quoted text>
I'm not trying to convince you of anything. I believe in a higher power. If you don't, so be it. Not my loss.
Again , I urge you, open the Old Testament at almost any page, do it, and tell me if it doesn't mention rape, incest, violence, torture, massacres of men, women and children and destruction of whole cities, ALL IN THE NAME OF GOD. Talk about taking His name in vain. The ever-forgiving God who threatens his own people with balls of fire, of destroying all of them, and just before the great flood, regrets, yes, God regrets, having created man. Can you imagine all-perfect God the Creator regretting creating man in his own image, making such a huge mistake?
Genesis 6:6 : "The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled." Bet you never knew about that one, right?
So what'd He do? He killed every man, woman and child, babies even (damn those baby fornicators) on earth except for Noah and his family. Nice. Wake up, smell the coffee. God did not do that. Men invented the flood fable for a reason. And it worked for centuries.
Go on, read the Bible, educate yourself, as I haven't had the pedagogical training to do it.