I am an atheist (or perhaps an apatheist), have read about various religions and spoken to those who practice them. I found my home in Buddhism.
One thing that made Buddhism different was the teachings about God, which range from, a belief in God is irrelevant (apatheism) to the task of ending suffering to, there is no creator (nontheism).
The “gods” found in Buddhism are not to be worshiped. They are mortal and will be reborn as beings who suffer. I see them as a metaphor for egotism.
How can I see them as a metaphor? Buddhism is not dogmatic. In the kalama sutra, the Buddha said to not accept something because he said it, but only if it makes sense to you.
I am attracted to the emphasis on compassion.There are many positive qualities one seeks to develop in Buddhism, including generosity, equanimity, virtue, wisdom, finding joy in other’s good fortune, etc. and
I reject rebirth and karma, because they are supernatural and Buddhism still makes sense without them.and
Besides Buddhists number everything: the four noble truths, the eightfold path, the three poisons, etc and I am an engineer. We like numbers.
©2016 Stephen L. Martin