I appreciate your efforts. Yes it does make sense to separate things into the physical and metaphysical. The metaphysical can only be inferred, since it cannot be observed/tested directly. The only real tool we have for the metaphysical is logic, and that's what we can apply here. Morality is logical but its utility can be demonstrated in the physical world as well, for example. No god is required. Some of your post falls back on experience and belief. I don't trust experience and belief, not my own nor others. In crime, we know that eyewitness testimony can be... often is... mistaken. People's perceptions can be warped in various ways. So I don't think we can get anywhere based upon experiences and beliefs - they are not shared and not reliable. The inconsistency is this: If a god is all-powerful and benevolent, this god must operate in a logical and fair manner, or else internal consistency falls apart and you know one of the premises is false. Because of the way people are (which he could have done differently), this god allegedly found it necessary to separate people into damnation and salvation based upon their belief in Jesus sacrificing himself for them. What does it really say about somebody when they accept this about Jesus? One issue is cultural exposure. Somebody born in a muslim country is far less likely to think this way about Jesus, but it doesn't really say anything about their individual merit. Even in a christian area, what does accepting Jesus say about personal merit? Nothing at all. The ability to accept something without sufficient evidence or thought is not praiseworthy at all, let alone THE criteria for separating people into heaven and hell. And why would a god find it necessary to do this at all? Why would grace be reserved for those who have the cultural background and lack of skepticism? Skepticism is a good thing. It honestly comes across as narcissistic and insecure, needing validation from all the little people, just not things that an all-powerful benevolent god would be. Given how illogical it is, it is not consistent with a benevolent and all powerful god. Hell, the average parent does better than this in benevolence for their children (unconditional love, but not unconditional approval), let alone a perfect divine being. The best explanation is Christianity is made up by humans. Animal sacrifices... also stupid. Why would an all powerful god care if we waste animal lives and resources, when that meat could have gone to help others or go on living? "giving up" something to atone, sure, but of all the stupid ways to do it. And it would be a great sacrifice for one with a small herd, and almost no sacrifice at all to one with a large herd. Illogical, wasteful, stupid.