I've seen the word, "benevolent" thrown around here a bit, and I suspect said word is going to be problematic the second anyone starts talking about a being with supernatural powers. I mean, don't we all know the old phrase?
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Judging from the bible, that particular deity had no problem not only throwing his weight around but acting very much as Robert Heinlein described him, having "the manners and morals of a spoiled child." I don't care how "benevolent" whatever god we propose starts out. I care what happens downstream, and I remain dubious of any being with extraordinary powers ... PERIOD.
Or, as the old standby bumper sticker says, QUESTION AUTHORITY
If only Jesus and his daddy followed their own advice, as dispensed in the Sermon on the Mount!
NO. NEGATIVE. NEIN. NO. нет. NIE. NON. those are the only no's i know. If a god exists, then well everything else is pointless. some people say atheism is bleak and hopeless, religion is worse.
Although it would be cool to live in an "Elder Scrolls" or "D&D" style world with their magic and deities, I'm more than happy that in the real world there are no gods. We seem to be the only species which does not seek to "stand on it's own two feet". How ironic.