I believe that Leadfoot is incorrect about your personal motives. I think you came to the conclusion that Christianity is silly. That is why I quoted the verse.
Jasper provided philosophical proof for God. I assume that you studied Christian Apologetics. I provided testimony about my personal relationship with God. None of these have convinced you.
I believe that you are a very good man (in human standards) who has accepted an agnostic point of view of religion. I pretty much understand your point of view. Also, the Bible understands your point of view.
I feel privileged to be able to have a discussion with you (partly because of your military service).
Since you are honestly skeptical of Christianity, I believe that God might convince you to return. However, God always does things on His terms, not man's terms.
I have given my best shot at trying to convince you. However, I still have my most powerful "weapon" left. I will continue to pray for you.
Neal, I am versed in (and have engaged in) Christian apologetics on a scale at least as great as yours. I understand religion...and the arguments you are making.
You are convinced that your blind guesses about the true nature of the REALITY of existence are correct. Your blind guesses are that a creator GOD has dominion over everything...and that we humans must love, respect, and worship this GOD. Your blind guesses are that the GOD is pleased or offended by various human conduct...and will reward that which pleases it and punish that which offends it.
Nothing whatever wrong with those blind guesses. They may even be correct...although there is no way for any of us to KNOW if they are or not.
Your insistence that the ARE CORRECT is an absurdity...but considering the parts of your blind guesses that deal with reward and punishment, totally understandable.
Go for it.
I will stick with:
I do not know if gods exist or not;
I see no reason to suspect gods CANNOT EXIST (that the existence of gods is impossible);
I see no reason to suspect that gods MUST EXIST (that at least one god is needed to explain existence);
I do not see enough unambiguous evidence upon which to base a meaningful guess in either direction...
...so I don't.
If there is a god that would punish me for being truthful about that...and reward people who pretend to have a position other than that...
...the god is not worthy of worship. That kind of god would not be worthy of love; it would not be worthy of "like." Even tolerating that kind of god would be an insult to any god that actually exists.