It is my opinion that the more accurate our collective understanding of the universe and planet we inhabit, the more able we are to face the myriad of problems that seem to plague our society.
The claim that "God is an almost knowable idea. An idea that can make your life, and the lives around you, better" is misleading at best. What, exactly, makes someone's life better? Happiness, love, money? A person's quality of life is very difficult to quantify. A newfound love of God will certainly make you happier. This is one of the main attractions of every religion on the planet. The community formed by a church can be a powerful force for good in the average parishioner's life. No ecclesiast believes himself to be harmful to his flock. Still, I would argue that while the influence of God may be beneficial to an individual's happiness, it is harmful to our society as a whole. So, is God a knowable idea? Sure, but it is knowable in the same way we all understand the concept of perfection. Yet, perfection does not exist. In my opinion, the quests for God, perfection, and knowledge are one and the same. The closest human endeavor has come to understanding perfection is found in the formula E=mc^2/sqrt(1-v^2/c^2). It is so elegantly simply yet profoundly significant. The fact that so few in our society even attempt to understand relativity is a demonstration of the flaws of mankind.
Instead of looking for truth in an understanding of the universe around us, most people search for a personal understanding of God. They assume that their own frame of reference is enough to understand perfection. This means that their perception of perfection is inherently based on their own cultural upbringing. Their God is based on their own society's inherently flawed understanding of perfection.
The only universal truths I have ever encountered have come by way of science and mathematics. All other truth is subjective. When we base an understanding of God on subjective truths, mankind as a whole will never come to a collective agreement.
If we cannot agree about our understanding of God, the natural impulse is to fight about it. Religion is easily the most prominent cause for warfare on the planet. When an individual believes himself or herself to understand the ultimate truth of this world, it is only natural to believe that all the problems of this world stem from the fact that most people have not yet discovered it. The next logical step is that when everyone inevitably does understand this truth, we will somehow enter into a messianic age of peace and prosperity.
Unfortunately, this runs counter to almost all of human experience. From the Middle Ages in Europe to the communism in the U.S.S.R. and China to the dominance of Islam in the Middle East, the more prominent a single unifying ideology is in a society, the less productive it seems to be. Human society is at its most productive and prosperous when we argue, but do not fight. The better we are at questioning and debating our beliefs, the more likely we are to make progress and find truth. This is what led to America's quick rise to prominence in this world. The conclusion I draw from this is that if there is a God, it does not want us to believe in it.
In my life, I have met many people who are devoutly religious and few atheists. I find it very telling that atheists seem to congregate at a website like this. As a whole, atheists have been by far the most prosperous and happiest people I have had the opportunity of interacting with.
I believe that God is the embodiment of the human understanding of perfection. It is clear that nothing of this universe is perfect. It is impossible to draw a perfect circle, yet we all intuitively understand what a perfect circle is. The human mind seems drawn to the idea of perfection, yet all human endeavors to attain it are ultimately futile. This longing for perfection, which profoundly and uniquely human, is generally ascribed to a force that is not of this world. That force is God. Also, 100 words is not enough for this topic.
What you have done here is formed a more modern adaptation of the watchmaker God. The inherent flaw to this idea is that it is completely based on our current understanding of how the universe functions, which may or may not be true. If you look through all of human history, we have always created deities which mirror our understanding of the world. Inevitably, there is a revolution of human progress which causes the old deities to look antiquated, so new ones can emerge. In the earliest of times, we had gods for almost everything around. There were the forest gods, the river gods, the ocean gods, fire gods, mountain gods, and a whole array of others. Any force in the world which could not be explained had an associated deity. As man became more civilized and started building the first great cities, a Pantheon of powerful gods emerged to reflect the aristocracy which came to power in those cities. This simply created a divine justification for the consolidation of power. Though monotheistic religions had been around for a while, the first truly influential one was Christianity. The Jewish and Zoroastrian Gods were the God of a tribe of people who would protect them at the expense of everyone else. The emergence of Christianity reflected the rise of the absolute monarch in Europe. A single, pure, all-powerful God allowed for a monarch with all those attributes. Unfortunately, it soon became clear that these monarchs and the Pope were not infallible. Thus, the Great Schism occurred. When the Enlightenment took hold in Europe, religion became more focused on a personal understanding of God. After this, more and more sects emerged, all claiming to truly understand God. At the same time, the scientists of the world began searching for a universal theory for all observable phenomenon. They believed they could form a model of the universe which could accurately model the entire world, trace that model back through history, then predict where the model would move in the future. From this, the idea of the watchmaker God emerged as a deity which created the world, then stepped back and watched move along its inevitable path. As the study of particle based and quantum physics emerged, it became clear that the universe is not entirely predictable. This led to the emergence of religions like Pentecostalism, born-again Christianity, and Scientology, which are based upon the believer having a profoundly cathartic experience which cannot be logically explained. Christianity will not always be the dominant religion of this world. It arguably already isn't. Your idea of an evolving God cannot be disproved, but is almost inherently false, because it is based on ideas which are popular among the scientific community right now. In order for a singular God to be significant, it must be universal and timeless. An evolving God is neither of these things.
There seems to be an overwhelming acceptance among the American population that American and Israeli ideals and values are related. I do not believe this is the case. The founding doctrine of the American school of political thought is that the governing body represents the interests of the people it governs. One of the first truly American political slogans was "No Taxation Without Representation." We have a government of, by, and for the people. The Israelis take a fundamentally different view of how government should exist. They are a "Jewish" state. Anyone who isn't Jewish is automatically a second class citizen. A large portion of their population is simply not allowed to take part in their government, It is essentially an apartheid, and fundamentally opposed to the American set of valued. We continue to support them because of a strange ghost of white guilt after the atrocities committed in World War II. American and Israeli interests do not overlap, and our continued support of the Israelis will only hurt us moving forward.