We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm inclined to agree that absolute atheists may be clinging. Before we sneer too hard at clinging atheists, though, we should remember that most of the Earth's people must be wrong about the nature of God and how to live God's will because there is no spiritual tradition on the planet that commands the faith of most of the people on the planet.
The Judaeo-Christian spiritual tradition is the largest, slightly greater than the Muslim population. Hindus follow the People of the Book (to the degree that Jews, Christians and Muslims acknowledge important common roots). Other religions have large followings as well. These religions all disagree about God's nature and how to live out God's will.
Serious agnostics (as opposed the lazy agnostic I was myself) acknowledge that they don't know if there's a Prime Cause still operating or if that Prime Cause is identical with the God concept of Judaeo-Christian tradition.
Yet nearly everyone on the planet does embrace a faith to some degree. So anyone who embraces a dogma is, by numbers at least, more likely to be wrong than right. Whether it's the 12th Imam or pieces of the True Cross or a bed where the Buddha spent the night, only one of those can be right and maybe none are.
You are quoting one of the Scriptures that make traditional Christianity impossible for me, and hardly by laziness.
I am appalled at the thought of a Divinity that would create most of us for destruction rather than for eternal life.
Your accusation that I am lazy also does little to draw me to your position. Please note, too, that I did not express unbelief, but only an empathy with those who may not believe as you believe, or for that matter as I believe.
All that matters is the truth. Jesus really come back from the dead? I have never met anyone here that would say what he said, so I know He is different. Judging His words, He is more sane then myself. That is a scary thought. I will agree that belief in God is evidence of mental illness. Its just that, until one comes to the light of true sanity, one can not judge weather or not he is sane. If we are blindfolded and told to walk a strait path, we all walk in circles.