Many people seem to think the choice we face is between believing in an angry, judgmental god who is distant from us or in believing in no god at all. People have been so brainwashed by the popular religions and their view of a judgmental god that in their desire to turn away from this god they turn away from a belief in any spiritual reality, whatsoever.
There is, of course, no evidence that a judgmental God exists. Many would say there is no evidence of any God. However, those who claim to have experienced "cosmic consciousness" are unified in their view that the being that embodies this universe is pure love, free of any judgment of its creations or any desire to control them.
We are born free for a reason. Not so we can live according to the dictates of some fictitious, angry god created by the priests to control us. Whatever being, having created this amazing and beautiful world, is surely much bigger and more magnanimous than that!