even if god *actually* exists.... wouldn't we be doing the old guy a huge favour if we stopped believing in him?? woudln't the big guy be up there going "pheww!! another atheist!! that's 5,026,320,360 left to go before i can retire!!... oh.. did i say that out loud? not a word, Gabriel!"
if i was god - i'd be embarrassed at my policy of non-intervention - i mean if i was god i'd be tempted to bless the Ghandis and the Galileos with extraordinarily long life to allow their minds to evolve endlessly.. or i'd give them the choice .. "you know guys, when you've had enough - i can just vaporise you .. you wouldn't feel a thing .. but i want you guys to keep on teaching these dumbasses for as long as possible.. !!"