There is far more evidence that things like the Bible are fiction created by people than there is solid evidence of one being "in charge" of everything happening in the world. I have also had many more experiences in my life which show that any such belief I've had was futile or empty than I have experiences that 100% satisfy or validate said belief. If "God" were real, it likely would have proven itself to me by now; all I have are unanswered questions about the universe.
Because they've been like 25 or 30 God's with the exact same background story religion is just to control the masses people need an answer to these questions so other people gave it to them and vented religion some people have used it for good some people have used it for bad. Religion is a fairytale when somebody seriously talk to me about religion I look at them as a four year old kid who tells me that Superman and Spider-Man came into the room and told him a bedtime story
It's simple common freakin' sense. Things DO happen for a reason - and that reason is "cause and effect". Something happens, which causes something else to happen, which causes something else to occur. There's no magic or mystery to it. No supernatural being did it.
Religion and God are the worst ideas ever created by man. They are inherently dangerous concepts. They say that the world is not a knowable place. They deny the value of observation, evidence and rational discussion. They say that the senses cannot be trusted, that the individual cannot make reasoned, moral judgments, that higher authority must be consulted and obeyed. They allow men position themselves between earth and heaven, where they pretend to possess absolute truth and in doing so, control the actions of others. In the PBS series "The Ascent of Man," Professor Bronowski, standing ankle deep in an ashy swamp outside the gas chambers of Auschwitz, quotes the words of Cromwell, "In the bowels of Christ I beseech you, pray think you might be mistaken." There has never been a more eloquent statement on the dangers of absolutism than this.
Religion seems to be a method to describe things that are too complex for us to truthfully understand and accurately describe. Reality is scary, unfair, and disgusting. While at the same time it is lovely, humorous, and rewarding. In our primitive times, we needed a crutch, and many of us still need a crutch.
Religion is objectively a group with many subgroups, and also is used to divide. It has it's pros and cons. People who are part of a religion are more likely to be treated with respect, care, concern, support, etc. within that group. Those outside of that group will likely not receive those same perks from that group.
We can go much more into this putting in the concepts of structural functionalism, social constructionism, and social conflict theory, but that would be a little too much for now. The idea of religion is something that I have walked away from personality.
Still, if it wasn't for religion, our history would have been much different which again, has its pros and cons. Many charitable and altruistic traditions are rooted in religions, so that is a plus from my perspective.
I don't reject the idea of religion I reject the practice of religion. I reject kids not getting medical treatment because an old book tells them God will heal all things if you pray hard enough. I reject children being taught that science is BS and it's just a bunch of men in white coats grabbing at grant money. And many more things
Religion, if i am defining it right, is an organized system of beliefs revolving around human interaction with a supreme being or beings. i don't believe in any such beings. therefore religion is not for me... with the caveat that the secular, reform judaism in which i was very loosely raised has humanistic elements, and damned good food, and interesting holidays, so i like it, but i am still an atheist, which, by the way, is not forbidden in judaism despite its revolving around aforementioned supreme being (noncorporeal and genderless, as it happens). it's not the IDEA of religion i reject. it's the BASIS for religion i reject. some of the details are horrific and others are cool, but in the end, without a supreme being, most religions really make no sense. some religions make no sense even WITH a supreme being, but that's another story!
**I do not reject the idea of religion - that is the greatest crowd control method in the world and most humans are primitives who need to have religions/ crowd control in their lives. I don't but ok by me what others need to do so long as it does not infringe on my life.
Why would anybody want to worship something "forever and ever?" If this is your god he is an egotistical prick. Imagine him as a ham sandwich or a good steak dinner. Maybe your favorite vegetarian meal. Wouldn't it all get old after about the first 10,000 years?
As for "unanswered questions" what if your god who has always existed was the universe which has always existed in one form or another. We are indeed "star stuff" as Carl Sagan said but I find no reason here to be worshiping the universe. What is, is. It doesn't have to mean anything unless you are solving a crime. Clouds do not "look like Jesus" and there are not any invisible men in the sky. If your god was in another universe or dimension you would have no way of knowing this and certainly no way of proving it. Modern apologists do this in order to "protect" their god from close scrutiny.