The complete statement that was posed during our conversation was, “I believe in a higher power, but not one that has so many interpretations and causes wars.”
It's nice to believe in a “higher power,” especially one that is some amorphous amoral deity that has little to no interaction with humans, and therefore doesn't get in the way of said humans desires. The problem with this type of god is that it is man made, and is created and interpreted by each and every individual that chooses this type of god. In other words, this type of god is limited to the imagination of its believers and has no absolute morals, or even essence about it. This is far different from the One True God, the God of the Bible, because God is absolute. His teachings are absolute and not open to individual personal interpretation.
This is not to say that there aren't those who twist God's words to fit their personal agendas, including waging wars in His name (wars started by people, not God), because there have been many like that over the years, and there are still many like that. But to blame God for the actions of those who twist His words to rationalize or justify their actions is wrong. Those who sin in God's name are the ones responsible for their actions. To blame God and hold Him responsible is the same as saying people should not be held accountable for their actions because you want to hold God accountable. And what is most important to note about those who twist God's words to justify their sin, is that they are not true believers. They are not true Christians. God is very specific about who is and who is not a true believer, and those who sin in His name will have to face Him one day and they will be held accountable for their actions.