All of these have something in common. They all mention faith, but they all indicate that it's not our own faith. Actually, it's not. Christ(God) authored it. In other words, we really have no ability to believe on our own - it has to be given by God. There was in one of the gospels a woman who had some internal bleeding, and heard Jesus would be passing through her town. She thought, "if I can just touch his garment, I'll be healed". She thought that because she heard and knew that he had been going around healing people - she heard something of the gospel, the gospel which is God(John 1:1). So she had a little bit of Christ already in her, and this enabled her to have faith. If you don't want to hear the word, you simply won't have faith, and there's nothing I can do to change that besides give you the chance to hear it and pray you'll listen.
If want and greed have to be bred into humans, then where did it originate? Yes, exactly. It originated with humans before it was bred into other humans. It still to this day originates in humans, as well as being bred into us. Children learn to take away rather quickly, you'll notice.
If matter has existed infinitely, it is also possible that other entities can exist infinitely. You cannot say then "there is no God" if you accept that an entity can exist infinitely.
Next, you link that to an assumed fact monotheism didn't exist at the time. Well, before the Old Testament was written, maybe it didn't. I couldn't know. But once the Old Testament comes into existence, clearly monotheism exists, since the OT tells of a monotheism. Therefore, in the OT, that "god figure" referenced (the one who calls Himself "Lord") it's pretty safe to say, is the one God they worship. That's fairly clear, I think...
You mention "Thou shalt have no other gods(lower case 'g')...". Why did He say that? There must have been other gods! You're absolutely right when you think that. There were. For example... Golden calves. Do you see? He wasn't saying "There are other gods, but worship me, not them." Just, "I'm God. Don't try and make any others(mainly because that's silly, but also because God wants man's attention. He has a purpose for men to fulfill, and it grinds to a halt when we look away).
Lastly... science has yet to explain the discharge known as lightning. Also life and death. I think the biggest things science has yet to explain is "What is it about humans that makes them so profoundly aware(conscious)?/Why do we desire more than our livelihood(greed, want - almost completely unrepresented in other lifeforms)?" and "Where/from what did matter originate?". Humans still believe in these figures because we have the innate feeling that there *is* a God, and so we hunt for one.
Now ask me why.
Which can't be right. Somewhere which I have forgotten eight dozen times and really should note down in Isaiah(and if you reply to this later, I'll probably be able to ask someone who'll remember) it says that God did not create the Earth void. Conflict? Yes. Almost. That word translated "was" should be "became" (for a bit of reinforcement of this, look at Gen 19:26 - the exact same word is used in that verse, describing Lot's wife "becoming" a pillar of salt. We can be fairly certain she wasn't a pillar of salt before that point, so translating the word as "was" would be silly. Instead, it's translated as "became", as it should be in Gen 1:2). So now that it's properly translated, what have we got? First verse - God created the heavens and the Earth, there's the universe. Second verse - the Earth becomes formless. We have a time gap, in which *something* happened. Specifically, Satan rebelled, and God laid down judgement for it. Job 9:5-7 talks about God turning over the mountains, shaking the Earth out of place, and "sealing the stars"(we can really only guess at the last part's meaning, but I think it's safe to say the Earth got no light or heat for a good long while). So, the Earth was an empty wasteland, floating through space.
The seven days? Clean up and restoration, because God still had a desire for man. Questions? Comments? In the words of my current Govt professor, "I'll even take threats!"
to accept one requires a sacrifice in understanding or acceptance in the other.
Tell me why.
Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.
It would seem from this that an atheist not only has no belief in deities, he also denies their existence. No?