We have given gods great powers. We say they are omnipotent, meaning that they are all-powerful; omnipresent, meaning that they exist everywhere; and omniscient, meaning that they have all learning and knowledge. These stories have caused great worldwide confusion and conflict. And wars. Sixty-six percent of our wars have been fought over these stories. We kill each other over these stories. It is the ultimate irony and a complete absurdity that we create these stories to establish examples of exemplary behavior and proper rules for living, then kill each other over them. One does not have to be a genius to conclude that there is something absurd and fundamentally wrong here.
Religion is the most dangerous energy source known to humankind. The moment a person (or government or religion or organization) is convinced that God is either ordering or sanctioning a cause or project, anything goes. The history, worldwide, of religion-fueled hate, killing, and oppression is staggering.” - Eugene Peterson (from the introduction to the book of Amos in the Bible paraphrase The Message)