Letter to an Atheist
You are correct in saying that "the existence of an all-powerful creator cannot be disproved" yet the standard atheistic position claims emphatically that there is no God. (Perhaps you are not so emphatic in your atheistic belief). Another way to state your position is that "there could be a God."
A corollary to this is that "there could be no God" and yet as you point out, "believers" of many religions zealously cling to a vast assortment of religious practices based on various ideas about the nature of this God.
I submit that faith (belief) is the process by which a person observes evidence, draws conclusions, and then tenaciously hangs on to those conclusions. In this sense all humans have some sort of faith, or more precisely, all humans have faith in some set of conclusions.
But there are differences in these "faiths." For example, someone today who believes that the earth is flat is simply ignoring the ample evidence to the contrary. However, for someone living 1,000 years ago this was not such a ridiculous idea. We can "judge" the quality of a particular "faith" by measuring it against what we can observe. If a certain "faith" doesn't line up with observable reality very well then a sincere seeker should reject it as a viable option. And conversely if a certain "faith" does match observable reality then it is reasonable and sensible for a person to adopt it. I for one do not wish to adopt an unreasonable faith.
The atheistic "faith" generally has the following tenets:
I find the atheistic position problematic because there is contrary evidence. In summary:
Just for the record I should mention that some of the cherished doctrines of the fundamental Christian faith should be rejected because they don't line up very well with reality. These are:
In my opinion there is ample evidence for the Christian faith and the Bible. Some of the more significant:
We must allow others to have their own opinions about things but we also must organize ourselves into a society in which our beliefs and practices don't interfere with others. This presents a problem for certain types of faiths:
There would seem to be a "higher law" that dictates how we should behave in order to have peace and harmony in our civilizations, But this "higher law" is beyond the natural laws — more evidence for a spirit realm and a creator who has established absolute standards for human life.
You are in alignment with this "higher law" in the way you gently and considerately discuss your belief in atheism. I commend you for contributing to a world of peace and harmony. May the Lord bless you as you seek the truth.