I have just realized something. First is the fact that nobody begins life with the firm belief that God exists as a being who interacts with our universe. This means that nobody "becomes an atheist" (as some other threads may suggest). This makes perfect sense, because ever since birth we have been perceiving reality (and nothing but reality). We have learned language and communicated with other people. Thus, there seems to be absolutely no reason to believe that there exists a person who created the universe and is infinitely wise and powerful and Good... Spoiler ... that is, until you meet Him.