One day, someone caught the comedian W.C. Fields reading the Bible and asked what he was doing. His reply was “just looking for loopholes.”* There are a lot of people who read with the same intention of disregarding any evidence.
There are only three options to explain our existence, one is to believe in God, another is agnosticism which states there may be a God but I haven’t found proof. The last is atheism where one will state they know God does not exist. Atheism is not just a non- belief in God but a willful denial of his existence. Agnosticism is where one admits that they do not know if God exists.
No one is born an atheist, they learn NOT to believe, just as one learns to believe. People choose to become atheists as much as they choose to become Christians, unfortunately they usually disbelieve by default.
Strangely, atheism is a comfortable position for man. It is a reflection of his depraved state being engulfed in sin. The Bible states: “the fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Why, because there is so much evidence to the contrary? No, it is more of a hopeful outlook that they will not be accountable to anyone for anything they have done.
No matter how strenuously some may try to deny it, atheism is a belief system. It requires just as much faith (believing) to embrace that God does not exist, even more belief than a Christian would need to believe that He does exist.
I choose to believe God exists, based on evidence AND faith. What do you believe?
*W.C. Fields Biography, IMBd