Cult--- No one had FAITH that the atom existed before it was proven.
1. We've already addressed your failure to use the word "faith" correctly and in the proper context. Moving on...
2. Since you insist on using atoms as an analogy to defend your "faith" position, let me ask you this. Were the Greeks completely correct? Is the atom truly an indivisible elementary particle, or did they get some aspects of it wrong?
3. If the Greeks were right about its existence, but wrong about its qualities, what does that mean about your "faith" in God? Even if God exists, your analogy now makes it possible that the qualities you assume exist in God are wrong?
HughBe--- The EVIDENCE is NATURE itself and its laws and beauty and its design. My mind tells me that laws are made, that designs are done by Intelligence and that beauty is a product of creativity among other things.
NATURE is not evidence for God. With this argument, you now fall victim to a whole host of logical fallacies...
Ad ignorantiam - Argument from ignorance - you don't know, therefore, God did it.
Argument from Personal Incredulity - you can't imagine the complexity of the universe existing without a creator, therefore, God exists.
False Analogy - argument based upon an assumed similarity between two things - your atom analogy is a perfect example of this
Inconsistency - Applying criteria or rules to one belief, claim, argument, or position but not to others 0- i.e. the universe needs a creator, but the creator doesn't need a creator
Let's tease out some of these logical fallacies, shall we?
If God can exist without being created, then why can't the same be said of the Universe? You claim something as complex as a Universe needs an intelligent designer. Well, surely, this "Intelligent Designer" must be equally complex, so who created him.
And if your answer is that he always existed, then honestly, you can save yourself a step and just say the Universe has always existed.
Now, even assuming a creator exists, how do you know he/she is an omnipotent, omniscient all-loving God commonly refereed to as Yahweh? Is it because a bunch of desert nomads a few thousand years ago said so?
How do you know the universe wasn't created by Taiowa, Rangi and Papa, PanGu, Zeus or any other imagined being(s)from a myriad of other world-wide creation stories?
How do you differentiate fact from fiction?
The sad fact is, you don't. You have no mechanism other than "it feel's right", or "I have faith that I'm right". But, without a commonly agreed upon yardstick to measure truth, you've got nothing.
At least with science, we can prove or disprove things that we speculate on. The same cannot be said of religious beliefs.