1. Atheists often times consider themselves to be the intellectual elite:
A. Their attitude is that they have looked at the world through the cold, hard, eyes of reason, and have come to the conclusion that there is no God.
B. The rest of us are intellectual peasants who are weak and need an emotional crutch. If we would just use our minds for once we would come to the same conclusion as they.
2. The truth is that it is atheism that is always the emotional belief:
A. The way to trip up an atheist is to ask him how he knows there is no God.
B. His usual response will be to ask us how we know there is a God. This, of course, is not a very good answer.
C. If there is a God he can reveal himself to us, but if there is no God it is impossible to know since the negative cannot be proved.
D. Since the negative cannot be proved then it is impossible to reason to the non-existence of God. Therefore atheism is always an emotional belief.
E. In addition, we are all devoid of most of the knowledge in the universe. In fact, so is mankind as a whole. The only way to know that there is no God is to be omniscient and not have God as part of your omniscience.
F. If we are lacking just one bit of knowledge, then that could be the knowledge of God and we are simply unaware of it.
G. Once again it is shown that the atheist cannot use reason to disprove God.
3. Most of the atheists I know can usually be put in one of four categories:
A. Some have experienced a tragedy in their life, such as the death of a loved one, which they could not square with their understanding of God.
B. They usually get angry with God first, and then out of anger turn away and deny him.
C. Others grew up in the Church and were very idealistic, and then at some point became aware of hypocrites within the Church.
D. They became so disgusted that they in effect said, “If this is what Christianity is then I don’t want it” and turned away.
E. Still others are very intelligent and become very prideful in their intelligence. They are able to shoot down the arguments of most of their religious friends, and so begin to look down on them and religion as being foolish.
F. Finally there are the rebellious ones. Normally they have grown up in some sort of home where there are strict rules without love or relationship. They end up rebelling against all authority. This is especially true with God who they view as an authoritarian figure waiting to strike them down if they do one thing wrong.