"I have struggled all my life with a tormented and joyless relationship
with God. Faith and lack of faith, punishment, grace and rejection,
all were real to me, all were imperative. My prayers stank of anguish,
entreaty, trust, loathing and despair. God spoke, God said nothing. Do
not turn from Thy face. ... The lost hours of that operation provided
me with a calming message. You were born without purpose, you live
without meaning, living is its own meaning. ... When you die, you are
extinguished. From being you will be transformed to non-being. A god
does not necessarily dwell among our capricious atoms. ... This insight
has brought with it a certain security that has resolutely eliminated
anguish and tumult, though on the other hand I have never denied my
second (or first) life, that of the spirit."
Ingmar Bergman's autobiography "The Magic Lantern".