I may be an atheist, but that doesn’t stop me from being able to imagine the concept of an omnipotent deity, and so I should probably ask why people would want God to be out there? After all, say we actually found him, and met a being who doesn’t even have the slightest care about the thoughts and welfare of humans (not that any celestial being should have to).
If, for the sake of argument, God is out there, and he does actually care for us, then the big question is why? What possible reason does a celestial being far beyond our comprehension have for placing us as a species at the top of his list of priorities? Is he alone in his universe? If so, then did he create us out of boredom? We’ll probably never know the answer to that question, but there’s one thing I definitely believe – if God is out there, then he must be the biggest pervert in the universe.
To me, this makes perfect sense, because if God were out there, then if the Bible is right, he’s watching everything on Earth. You may also want consider the possibility that there is a “loving god” who does nothing to stop the worst atrocities on Earth, and if God is out there and has some divine plan for the universe, then perhaps it’s possible that he enjoys seeing people suffer. After all, this is the same deity who, according to the Old Testament, is effectively punishing mankind for eating from the Tree of Knowledge (the same book says that he started the Great Flood to purge most of humanity).
If he is out there, it may be possible that God might love us, just not in the way you’d expect. After all, if God is out there, then, as a celestial being, it’s possible that he has a kind of morality that is completely alien to us, or he could have been alone in space for so long that he went more than bit peculiar (which could explain why he acts so much like a psychopathic madman throughout the Old Testament).
Once again, I should state that I’m an atheist (in fact, I’m a positive atheist), but I’m not closed-minded enough that I can’t imagine the concept of a god. If I can picture that, then I could probably imagine a lonely, supposedly loving god who spends his days voyeuristically obsessing over the affairs of a species that he considers impure. But then, what if this is one of those cases where God is in the eye of the beholder? I guess we might never know for sure.