One final thought that is perhaps more relevant to the thread. I found this quote but I am not sure who is its author. It pretty much sums up how I feel about questioning god if we humans are indeed one of his precious creations: "If I am wrong and there is a Judeo/christian god, the day of my death will truly be judgment day. I do herebt affirm that I will give him a chance to account for his deeds before I pass judgment upon him."
With an all powerful being such as god, with the ability to create anything he wanted at all, he chose to create men who would make mistakes (sometimes terrible ones) and who could potentially suffer such horrible indescribable pain both physical (think infants with cancer or other chronic conditions) and mental (schizophrenia, personality disorders, dementia etc). Unbelievable. And also, didn't he create the devil? What a loving, kind god indeed. I mean it has been said that without darkness we wouldn't appreciate light, but seriously couldn't this god have thought of just some milder forms of pain? Ugh. I just cannot even...
Ultimately I do not care to change anyone's mind. I've said it before, my daughter is being raised as a freethinker. At 8 years old she already came to the conclusion that there is no santa, no easter bunny, no monsters under her bed, no ghosts...and yet she is capable of being kind and loving. She knows the large majority of her peers believe in santa and in god. She knows to let them believe if it makes them happy. She would never tell them that unless they all follow her path, they will "go to hell and god bless their little heart." Nope. She knows compassion. It is not her job nor mine to get others to think and question what they've been told to believe. She is indeed free to ask questions and to form her own opinion. And I shall stay out of her way should she decide to belive in whatever god of her choice. Religious people are free (at least in America) to preach, to attend church, to wear a cross, even try to shape the law based on their beliefs etc etc. Fantastic. I only expect them to extend the same respect and not try to indoctrinate my child. Let's not forget we are all born atheist and then generally go on to believe in whatever god our family of origin believes.