Is it fair to ask this question: Does life altering circumstances turn people either to God or away from God? I ask because I have read many peoples stories about why they de-converted from Christianity. Usually something tragic may have happened in their life or they got fed up with all the political BS and disputes that sometimes arise inside the church. And of course inside the church, we have many people who may have never turned to God if not for the fact that something tragic did happen in their life.
Those who find "faith" due to these circumstances are grateful to God and continue to rely on His grace to deal with their past or circumstances.
Those who left the church will then turn to the "intellectual" reasons for justifying their lack of belief and why they left the church.
BTW, there are many of these "intellectual" reasons to believe or not to believe? But It seems those intellectual reasons usually don't play a part in somebody's conversion/de-conversion until after the fact.
Someone once said "A belief in God is not a matter of intellect, but a matter of the heart."
I'm not trying to belittle what Atheists believe, and even if what I say is true, it doesn't prove that there is a God. But can you see any truth to this?