OK, so I seen a few atheist friends post similar things on another site, so decided I would. Here's my story of how I came to atheism. I was not going to make a huge deal of stating this on my page, but since people use their religious beliefs as a tool of judgment for "non believers", I might as well be upfront about why I think the way I do. Theists like to accuse atheists constantly of lacking "humility" to find "God", but truth be told, humility led me to my current stance.
Growing up, my family was technically "Christian" in name, but we never really went to Church. Regardless, up until my teens, I actually prayed before meals and bed. You could say I was a Bible believer. Somewhere around that time, as many teenagers do, I discovered music. I started trying different musical genres, then different cultures/foods, ways of thinking, etc etc. All in the attempt to be more broadminded and "multicultural"...well suburban multiculturalism anyway. A poor kid's. lol
I applied this same "multicultural" thinking to religious beliefs and started asking questions like "are all of the religions right somehow and maybe there is one God but just different religions?" (once again, naively trying to be more "multicultural". I realized later this was impossible as they contradict, unless you take the books and stories metaphorically, but then why the religious label to begin with?)
Some of the messages I heard from musical artists amongst others started to make me question the WHYS of my religious beliefs I had up until that point, which was scary at first.
But regardless, I started asking questions such as
"would I still be Christian had I been born elsewhere in the world?" and
"why would a loving God create people who were 'pre-destined' to go to never ending torture?" I would not send my worst enemy to that as punishment and I tend to be an asshole about people I hate. How could I as a mere mortal, FAR FROM PERFECT, be more "evolved" than such a supreme deity?
The more I started questioning, and listening to debates between atheists and Christians (which atheists almost always won), the less sense the stories of my youth made. I came to the conclusion that the current crop of God beliefs really have no more evidence than the other gods of old myths or other religions, whom even Christians are atheist about now.
And aaaaaaalllll the space out here including many galaxies which mankind will NEVER see, being all created just for us seems an awful big waste. This belief sounds a lot more "arrogant" than our denial of a geographic fashion trend deity.
Those who say you cannot be moral without God....try replacing the God in the sentence with a god from another religion. See how your statement sounds. example: you cannot be moral without Odin.
That said, I do think maybe a god is possible, but just not the Biblical or Muslim one. And belief in any other would STILL require prior evidence. And the beliefs that conservatives and Republicans associate with "God" in in this country are just horrible. They live in a world of black and white and not enough gray area between, which is just not the real world.
Even if I still disagree with them too, at least the uber-liberal Christians who say "all religions are right" see the issue with taking things so literally in regards to their 'faith'. Even if I were a Christian (which is not possible now), i would be more likely to be a more liberal minded one who actually thought about OTHER beliefs. (Keep in mind, once again, I must repeat, I mean liberal on religion, not politics where my values still vary.)
I'm always open to any new evidence. However a good feeling or placebo is simply not evidence nor is it supernatural in origin.