This monologue gets to the heart of the story:
… We human beings went through a period of adolescence, a time of immense arrogance, when we thought the universe was created for us, and that we were created to please our Creator, who we too believed to be infinitely more powerful than we were.
In truth, what we had done was create a way to justify our own bigotries and sense of superiority. Of course it wasn’t we who demanded the deaths of infidels — it was the Creator. So we heeded His word because the Creator is always just. Of course it wasn’t we who condemned this lifestyle or that lifestyle — it was the Creator. So we heeded His word because the Creator is always just.
What the Creator wanted so often coincided with what we wanted, or with what our leaders wanted. Because we supplanted our egos with the idea of this Creator — the ultimate transference. We created the Creator in our image so that we could act how we wanted and call it justice. And in a moment of ultimate projection, we then told those who did not believe in this Creator that their disbelief was rooted in the desire to do what they wanted.
Through it all, we didn’t find it the least bit suspicious that everything we knew about this so-called “Creator” came from the writings of mere human beings, fallible human beings, bound by their own selfish desires and motives, who then shifted those very same desires and motives onto a being who was supposed to be infallible, thereby providing the ultimate validation for the very desires and motives that drove them.
In this way, they could be as deplorable as they wanted, yet still think of themselves as virtuous.
If you meet God, there’s no reason to worry. He’ll be everything you need Him to be in order to justify everything you’ve ever done.