An atheist makes himself god when in self-will he affirms there is no God despite the evidence. An atheist is often one who refuses to investigate, to scrutinize, to ponder deeply, and to learn about God. I will live in ignorance. And many avowed atheists haven’t really thought through their choices.
Chuck Colson attended an exclusive VIP dinner several years ago. He said “The gentleman seated next to me greeted me with a blunt warning that he was an atheist. I looked at him for a moment – graying temples, a wise expression, handsomely attired – the very image of a community leader. I told him I was glad to sit next to him because ‘I’ve never really met an atheist.’ As his eyebrows arched, I explained, ‘An atheist believes the existence of God can be disproved. So please, tell me how you’ve done that.’ He looked momentarily uncomfortable. ‘Well, perhaps I should say I’m an agnostic.’ ‘When did you give up studying about God?’ I asked. Now his neck began to redden. He admitted he’d really never tried. ‘But an agnostic is one who says he doesn’t think God can be known, and you can only be an agnostic if you’ve tried to know Him and exhausted the search (The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters,36).”