Old Church guy; You strike me as a decent honest likeable chap based on your posts. If all Christians were like you; perhaps I'd want to be one!
But if I did want to become a Christian; what should I believe?
First, I am flattered my theistic views matter at all. Second, I am also flattered for the others who came forward in my defense. I don't feel overwhelmed by the questions. I don't even feel whelmed.
I suppose the basics on belief would be to accept the idea God exists. After that, I am not sure, to be honest. I am a strong believer in each person working out their own relationship with God.
Should I follow the bible word for word? If not, why not?
That is up to you. Personally, I tried following the Bible as a literalist and found it lacking. So, I changed over time from a literalist to a non-literalist.
Is the bible to be taken literal, if not, why not?
I don't know. For me, a literal interpretation of the Bible means ignoring a lot of science as well as changes in society. For example: Should we go back to a theocracy as in the time of Saul, David and Solomon? Is allowing women the right to vote against a literal understanding of the Bible? Can women be professional ministers?
Should I believe the universe is 6000 years old or should I accept science?
I don't know. That is up to you. Personally, I have no problem with science. But I know people who feel any science which contradicts their interpretation of the Bible should be rejected.
Why don't I know that Biblegod exists?
At the risk of sounding evasive, what would you consider knowing that Biblegod exists?
What version of Christianity should I follow?
That is up to you. I grew up in the Episcopal church, attended the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for many years and am currently a member of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). Evangelical / literalist churches have never interested me. But fit others very well.
Why shouldn't I be a Hindu?
If Hinduism works for you, then go for it. I don't have the knowledge of God's mind to state with certainty which religion He favors.
Why does Biblegod hide?
If you mean, why are you not able to see Biblegod, I don't know. Because religion is based on faith / belief, this is not a problem for me.
If I search honestly for Biblegod and find no reason to believe in him, will I be tortured for eternity?
I have no idea. Such judgments are up to God; not me.
If I will be, why would Biblegod do that?
You seem to be presupposing the answer to the earlier question is yes, you will be tortured for eternity. I have no idea if Biblegod will do that or not. Personally, I don't think so but I have no way of proving that belief.
I cannot force myself to believe that a chap called Jesus was crucified for me, will this mean I will be tortured forever?
Again, I have no idea.