Atheism is a product of proper skepticism. Really, on the whole, atheism itself is boring. It just means you don't accept the god hypothesis. What is exciting is skepticism itself, the idea that we can understand this universe by examining it and using reason.<quoted text>
You are right,I have never experienced what Atheists have experienced...I was once an Agnostic. See if you are in agreement with this article;
Written by Marilyn Adamson
I was an atheist at one time. And like many atheists, the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly. What causes us to do that? When I was an atheist, I attributed my intentions as caring for those poor, delusional people...to help them realize their hope was completely ill-founded. To be honest, I also had another motive. As I challenged those who believed in God, I was deeply curious to see if they could convince me otherwise. Part of my quest was to become free from the question of God. If I could conclusively prove to believers that they were wrong, then the issue is off the table, and I would be free to go about my life.
I didn't realize that the reason the topic of God weighed so heavily on my mind, was because God was pressing the issue. I have come to find out that God wants to be known. He created us with the intention that we would know him. He has surrounded us with evidence of himself and he keeps the question of his existence squarely before us. It was as if I couldn't escape thinking about the possibility of God. In fact, the day I chose to acknowledge God's existence, my prayer began with, "Ok, you win..." It might be that the underlying reason atheists are bothered by people believing in God is because God is actively pursuing them.
I am not the only one who has experienced this. Malcolm Muggeridge, socialist and philosophical author, wrote, "I had a notion that somehow, besides questing, I was being pursued." C.S. Lewis said he remembered, "...night after night, feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England."
Lewis went on to write a book titled, "Surprised by Joy" as a result of knowing God. I too had no expectations other than rightfully admitting God's existence. Yet over the following several months, I became amazed by his love for me
BTW I have never questioned the natural intellect of Atheists
That's the fun part. The god question is only relevant because so many people seem to be ate up with the idea of god. So we have to constantly discuss it.
Go to a forum on Bigfoot, aliens, or homeopathy and you'll see the same thing. Skeptics argue from evidence and reason, believers argue from faith and magic. The god question is no different.
Personally, I think that some people who say they "used to be" atheists were never atheists. This is because a lot of people will search for answers in life and pass through various phases. I had my Jesus phase for a couple of years and then it passed. But I have been a skeptic since I was a boy. I never had a time when I just got mad at god and became an atheist. I am an atheist because I just don't have a belief in god. End of story. And that lack of belief is a direct result of being skeptical, which is the same as being rational.