One of my close friends, who happens to be a Christian, once suggested to me that, "He who believes in NOTHING should have exactly that... Nothing."
At first, I took this statement as a terrible insult and attack on my views regarding Atheism, religion, God, etc. However, after more thought on the issue, I have a different opinion on how one should respond to this statement. A fellow A.N. user that I will not name, suggested the question, "What do we, as Atheists, believe?" He/She was essentially asking, other than not believing in God, what do we believe in, even without evidence?
Truth be told, my simple answer is that I do not BELIEVE in anything, without supporting evidence. (Basically, I do not have FAITH in anything.) I do, however, believe that certain instances of practices which are shrouded in faith and superstition, can have a real impact on our existence within the physical world. However, this is NOT for the ridiculous reasons that the "believers" would have you admit.
For instance, Tai Chi is a practice that is based on the primitive idea that all living things are full "chi" or "qi", an essential "life force", if you will. The movements in the forms for Tai Chi are supposed to help with the flow of Chi, in an individuals body. As I do not necessarily believe in Chi, as defined by the traditional practices and beliefs, I do think that, there is a level of physical aid, provided by Tai Chi, that most likely relies on the principle of "mind over matter", though I do NOT have any observable evidence to support my claims.
Is this illogical? No. So how does this method of thinking differ from the method used for our decision to be atheists? Because we admit that we COULD be wrong when it comes to Tai Chi or any similar practices. Religion, however DOES NOT ALLOW for the possibility of ANY explanation outside the traditional beliefs. It is a one-way street and God is always the answer.
So, a better statement would be, "He who believes in eternal damnation, will have it his entire life. He who believes in 'nothing' will be troubled by exactly that... Nothing." ^_^