Having just heard of Occam's Razon for the first time, in my sophomore year of college, I asked myself, "Going forward, what difference -- if any -- would a belief in God make in my behavior?" The immediate answer was, "None," so I dropped the belief.
Buddha was not some god. He taught a technology for living that I find useful. It also provides me with a community where I can learn more about the technology.
(I joined SGI-USA when I was 52.)
So . . . . does that make me a suitable candidate for membership in this community?
I am ignorant of the philosophy of Buddhism. I intend to educate myself one day. I asked a friend about his experience once and love his answer. I hope it is not offensive. He told me it is very effective for his peace of mind once he was able to reconcile learning moderation and self discipline from a 600 pound man.