Ever notice how those labeled as genius are not religious? That is because as knowledge increases, ideas with no foundation crumble. That is not to say that notions that cannot be physically seen have no foundation - because they do. In fact, most of what is (real) in the universe we perceive cannot be seen by human eyes. It simply turns out that as awareness grows, the limitations of the religious system can no longer sustain the load of fear and un-validated stories that religion has built into itself.
Through the expansion of thought, by means of education and experience, adolescent beliefs in monsters and saviors become transparent and fall away. Blood sacrifices (or crucifixions) in exchange for the saving of human life are revealed as the most primitive of understandings.
Considering how an All encompassing, All knowing and unconditionally loving deity works, and based on a history of causes and effects that have led humanity to where it currently is, it becomes self-evident that an authoritarian overlord that requires constant ego based attention and servitude is unreasonable and doesn't even fit within religions' own belief paradigm. That is to say, the structure cannot be both ways: the deity cannot be unconditionally loving AND wrathful. The deity cannot be holy and pure AND require blood sacrifices to be satiated.
Let us take Dr. Albert Einstein, for example. Einstein said:
"I came, though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents, to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve...I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true.
"It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously…I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures…
"One of the human impulses which develop religious belief is fear; and fear is a primitive understanding of causality; causing the fearful to invent supernatural beings analogous to themselves.
“The desire for love and support create a social and moral need for a supreme being; both these styles have an anthropomorphic concept of God."
I, JB Lewis, have been told that I do not believe Jesus died for the sins of man. This is true. I am not one of those people, however, I am not atheist. Yet, no one can explain why it is that every day of my life I have been enchanted with the unconditional love of All That Is. I do NOT subscribe to the notion that I am sinful and separated from the Source as religion teaches, yet, I feel closer to that Source now in my life than I ever did when I was living as a Christian. I always get what I desire. I always have good fortune laying itself out before me as I walk through my days, and I still do not believe that anyone has had to die for me. I do not pray to a god for forgiveness, help, mercy, wellness, or to get me through life. I am healthy (I am rarely ill), I have food, a place to live and my family's cup runneth over.
All the things that Christians believe they should have because of their faith, I have always had. I continue to have them. I tell you this as an illustration of what is possible for everyone. (God) is not waiting for me to come around to my senses and accept the death of another in place of my life. I do not live in torment, I do not live in fear, and I do not live with guilt. I am as happy as I have ever been - no religion required.
The same glorious life I live is available to everyone without obligation, without obedience to any written word, and without penalty for living life to the fullest of human ability. You were not created as a servant. You were created as an extension of (God). You are the very fingertips of All That Is and are meant to touch everything. Otherwise, you would not be Who You Are. You would be something else.
The life of freedom and peace is not exclusive to only a few. That is because (God) does not pick favorite races, people, or religious views. (God) does not offer promised lands flowing with milk and honey to some and not all.
You are brilliant exactly as you are. You have a genius inside just waiting to emerge. Anyone that would tell you differently is blind and cannot help you in any way.