Sticking with the tree metaphor…if your tree is to produce good things, then it must receive good nourishment. Structure is also important. What would happen if everybody was left to establish the point where they would follow societal structure or where it was okay to break those laws? As with the Laws of Thermodynamics and the four grand forces of the universe, everything is held together with a planned God-designed structure, but left alone without this structure; one would have chaos and no form. So too with the world’s cultures, if we don’t have “a good structure”, then we’ll have the deadly chaos of all the genocidal dictators of history and today. The “Black Lives Matter” group wants to do away with all police; what do they want? Anarchy? Without the structure of reinforced societal laws, we would have anarchy and chaos. Thinking from a spiritual point of view, this is where the atheists have no worthwhile structure or position. What is in it for them to attack Christianity, anyway? Why not just keep quiet and let each side exist on their own turf? If I am wrong in my faith, it doesn’t hurt them. What skin is it off their nose for me to believe in God and they don’t? I don’t attack them. Why do they attack me? Maybe they have such a weak structure, that they desire reinforcement from a like band of non-thinkers.
The correct answer lies in the fact that they are dry inside; there is no rich nourishment in an atheist; they are “desert people”, dryer than any 100 year old white bone. Just what is the reward for believing in atheism? Yes, it takes faith to not believe in God just as it does to believe in God. Actually, in my opinion, besides faith to not believe, it takes a willingness to not open your eyes, to not believe in God because God’s creation reveals its Creator (Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19). The heavens reveal the glory of God; you can deny it all you want but it still remains right in front of your nose!