Whether or not I believe in God is not solely based on opinion. I have facts to help support why I do not, such as scientific reports that contradict and disprove claims in the Bible (such as the Earth being 6000 years old). Another being the fact that thousands of religions existed before Christianity/Catholicism, meaning Christianity/Catholicism must be wrong even if there's a correct religion out there. Thirdly, the fact that the Bible contradicts itself at many points, such as:
"For I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever." (Jeremiah 3:12) "Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever." (Jeremiah 17:4)
"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid." (John 5:31) "Jesus answered: Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid." (John 8:14)
"Jacob said, 'I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'" (Genesis 32:30) "No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18)
A: well, All of the Greek gods apparently lived on the mountains of Olympus. However, people have now climbed the Olympian mountains, and there isn't a sign of a single supernatural phenomenon caused by any of the gods there, much less the gods themselves.
I think it more as saying "zero is not a number". After all, do religions need a god? Not at all - look at Buddhism. A religion is a way of seeing how the world works. Christians believe there is a sole god, and in heaven and hell. Hindus believe in many gods, and in reincarnation. Atheists believe that there is no god, and no afterlife.
Also, I completely respect people's beliefs as well. I realize that I sounded a little critical in my original comment, so I apologize for that. I just want atheists to realize that it IS at the end of the day a belief like any other.
P.S. What's wrong with being called a religion? I just don't understand that.
P.P.S. If I was forced to make a decision to believe in something, I would say that I believe there is a god-like entity, probably not omni-benevolent, maybe omnipotent (in our universe) and while not omniscient, probably knows a lot. I won't bother explaining here why, but there are reasons.
You're probably agnostic then. It means you believe there is a 'possibility' that there is a higher being then humankind, but you're not bending over backwards to please this all powerful and invisible being who supposedly drifts around in the clouds above us.
It could also mean that you might believe in a different image of what 'God' might mean. (As opposed to depicting a God as say: a man, an elephant, and the favorite the most Caucasian desert dweller disciple I've ever seen... our modern Jesus.) You don't cancel out the possibility but live a subjective life.
That's kind of a naive understanding, seeing as how they're actually two unrelated concepts which just happen to be using the same terminology since English is not a very advanced language. Never-mind that if you asked them to do that they couldn't actually, which kind of cripples the entire argument.
All I can do is give my input. Then I have to hope that people will actually listen and see reason. But looking back at history... it doesn't seem to be going well for people like me. In this world, reason is shunned by most.