Came across and interesting piece from one of Scott Hahns books - "Reason to Believe", which lead me to see atheists in a different light. He was discussing an interaction he had with one of his students and the conversation they had and it got me thinking along the following line:
Atheist say we are weak minded people who invent God to act as a crutch as we can't cope with a life than ends in death etc etc
But if you look at the Catholic Christian God, why would we invent a God of such high standards, a God which requires a lot from us. A God Who will hold us accountable for all we do.
If we were to invent a God suely we would have invented one more suited to our lifestyle. You know one who wouldn't mind a little bit of dishonesty, or would let us off the hook for minor thinks or lets us lead a life of the self (you get the drift). And I suppose as Catholics we would say that others have invented such Gods as some added in abortion as being acceptable, divorse, etc etc (but not the Catholic Church ) - we all know who they are
So we have some people find the REAL God and His laws so tough that they reinvent Him to suit their lifestyles (new age would also fall into this category).
Taking it another step, people who still can't understand God and they can't have Him in their lifes as its too demanding, too difficult, so instead of reinventing Him (as some have done), they simply deny His existence. In fact they invented atheism to act as a crutch to lean on, the reality of God is simply too difficult for them. They simply could not accept that God created everything and everyone and the limitations of their minds could not understand His being.
Atheism is the ultimate form of self delusion.
We are spiritual beings on a human journey - unforunately for atheists they blind themselves through worship of the "self".
From Sean, over on www.catholicforum.com