I am interested in the seeming proposition here that you are only capable of goodness if you are a Christian believer who has read and follows the Bible and the Ten Commandments.
Cindy, are you saying that you would not be able to be a good and kind person without being prompted to be by your religion? Because that's how it sounds.
Believe it or not, it is possible to live in a decent, generous, kind and giving way without being religious at all! I am an atheist, and I believe in love, compassion, peace and doing good. Thou shalt not kill, or steal, applies to me because of my principles, not because God said so. And anyone who believes in the commandment Thou Shalt Not Kill and then agrees with capital punishment is just the biggest hypocrite alive, IMO.
But then, there's plenty of hypocrisy in the Bible, but that's ok because God said it is. It seems to me that if God is on your side, you are able to get away with a LOT more than the average person who runs their own life without the need for religion to dictate their every move. God is a convenient excuse for committing relgiously-sanctioned sin, isn't he? There has been more murder, death and misery in the name of God than any other reason I can think of, but apparently nobody (who is religious) sees this as the utter hypocrisy it is.
Because faith to organised religion teaches you NOT to question, NOT to protest - to just accept blindly whatever is done in the name of that religion. In other words, people with that kind of faith are about as knowingly and acceptingly brainwashed as it's possible to get. But they don't see it that way, they call it `faith' and quote John 20:24-29 to make themselves feel better, and more righteous.
And that is where the cleverness of religion lies - to get people to a point where they will sanction and defend their own indoctrination and brainwashing, and to have them actually believe that this is the best way to exist, and promote and sell it to others. Well, cult, anyone? Sound familiar? It's just that Christianity, and other major organised religions, are better and more insinuous at it than other cults like Scientology and FLDS.
And, one last thing, Atheists don't `hate that God is love'. That is the most preposterous thing I've ever heard. Atheists are just people who can be moral and ethical and good on their own, because that is who they are, without needing religion to tell them that's how they should be. It is quite possible to believe in love without believing in God. Atheists don't believe in God, so to state that atheists have an opinion about what he stands for is a fallacy. It's like saying you don't believe in the existence of ghosts and then stating that you just think all ghosts are evil.
If something doesn't exist for you, you don't think about it. Atheists don't believe in God, so we could care less what people think he stands for. That's up to them, and that's fine - they can believe whatever they want. And being atheist isn't some kind of rebellious fight against religion. We just don't believe in God. It's pretty simple. God is not a relevant factor in the lives of most atheists, because, well, he doesn't exist, but it's about as passive as that, for most of us.