Yes. As I've said repeatedly, God is the name assigned to the Energy which created the Universe/s (the ones we know and are in and those we don't). God is the energy which creates life that we humans are unable to do on our own.
I do not picture God as some man with a beard sitting in a cloud, so it's affronting when people make this sweeping statement assuming this is how we think or what we believe.
God is Source Consciousness, God is Energy, God is that which created before Time.
I also believe in Jesus and the Bible -- and I believe they are simply tools, teaching parables and in no way were they ever intended to be taken, read or interpreted literally.
wow that's deep did Jesus tell you that personally back in the day
Indisputable is the fact that an "Energy" that is unknown and cannot be duplicated by man created the universe (I believe there are more than one), and that we humans cannot create a universe, and that force which created the beginning before time is God. It's a name, a label given to Energy and Source Consciousness
(Not sure how I missed this reply.)
I'd agree with you if you said 'life' instead of the universe. Creating a universe is easy - gravity will do that for you. Creating life, however, is a different matter. I will go along with the belief that there is a form of energy (life) that we do not understand. When a person dies, their life energy ('soul') goes out of them and into a large melting pot of this energy. Some of this energy is injected into new cells to bring them to life.
This energy carries with it ingrained experiences from previous lives (instinct that the new life has, or natural talent for something). I would not believe in reincarnation of a specific body's energy as a whole, it all mixes together, i.e. coming back as a specific person is unlikely, in my view, just like electricity from a battery does not stay together if you mix up a load of batteries in a circuit.
Why is Religion a crutch
For some it is. Without it, they are lost, or cannot face life. It absolutely supports them.
and why do you take such umbrage against people who choose to have Faith in their lives. No one is forcing you to change your viewpoint or convince you otherwise.
I do not take umbrage at them. (I merely point out what I believe to be the case. Just like someone needing a physical crutch due to a physical weakness, ditto a mental crutch. I don't see why that is contentious.)
What I do take umbrage at is the people who use religion to control and extract money from others. I believe religion was designed by these people, not the former, and is still heavily populated with such types. I am therefore against it.