Buddha never claimed to be a God or believe in any, neither a prophet or someone worth worshiping. Now, if so many others corrupted the teachings he provided which can turn a philosophy to a religion very easily, this is not his fault. If you can follow his way of life, I really think you won't go blind for sure. To pay attention and endorse whatever he believes about God is not necessary. It's personal anyway. When he's been asked about God, he didn't answer anything. So, it's the way to behave he taught that matters and nothing else. I think you know what I mean. Filtering what ever gets in a way of your logical mind does not mean you cannot follow. It's effective and smart. I like it. I feel agnostic in the subject of the after-life anyway and that is the good old "shield" to go in there and take what you want. You will gain something eventually, I guess.
Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.