In my class that has turned out to be more of a catechism than anything, the following was posted and I am currently crafting a reply. Any suggestions on things to include? Thanks! (I should mention that the class is in law and that the professor seems to think all law should be based on Thomas Aquinas).
"Those who do not believe in a creator often default to arguments focused on why those who do believe things they can't explain. Faith. True atheists profess no feeling of faith based on the supernatural--what is simply is and what I'm experiencing now is all there is. It's a false argument in that they do have faith in abundance in many things unseen and unknown to them (remember there is no requirement that atheists have Ph.D.s). They fly in aircraft but who can see air? They have faith the pilot knows how to fly under this condition based on laws of areodynamics. Where did they originally come from? This is but one example. Now, faith is NOT required in a supernatural being. This is where the faith they have has reached its limit. Yet, applying strictly an evolutionary view for everything cannot explain the origin of the last origin of the last origin of a species or thing back to its very FIRST appearance. It a true rabbit hole. Dr. Bebe at Leigh University goes with an irrducible complexity explanation to highlight this. There are other views as well.
Concerning why nonbelievers benefit seems rooted in God's pleasure in all things He created. He created nothing in error, imperfectly. So as to earthly things, He gives all the opportunity to share in His perfection. I was a skeptic when I knew not of this and came to my present state slowly over time with reflection, prayer, and a genuine need to know more of my purpose (it comes often, as it did for me, when we reach a time of confusion).
Divine law is a guide for Christian right living, as well as a connection back to its roots in eternal law. General revelation--that there is everywhere everything that came into being by some first order--a creator. Chance cannot explain everything for everyone for all things. I suspect some can pass through the divine law of general revelation in the Bible without seeing it as religion and trace the bridge from eternal law to natural law to human law. Isolating it would not be acceptable to Aquinas."