Atheist logic concerning Christian faith: “What is the definition of faith? Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The foundation of Christianity is their hope that Jesus is the Son of God, and that by accepting him as their Lord and Savior, they will have eternal life in heaven. There is of course not a scrap of evidence that a 1st century Jewish handyman is the Son of God, yet Christians still hope that this is the case. Because faith rests on hope, faith is not a virtue.”
Christian response to the atheist…
The faith you define from the writer of Hebrews (11:1) via the Holy Spirit is that faith that is essential for one to find the reality of God in their life; that is, that one must believe that God is true and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Once an individual humbles them self and steps-out in preliminary faith seeking God with their whole heart, God reciprocates and His reality becomes an assured faith, an applicable faith, a living faith, that grows daily through the process of sanctification via the indwelling Holy Spirit that is given to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their God for the mediation of sin (Ephesians 1:13).
Your lack of spiritual knowledge resulting from your rebellion via the insanity of atheism (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10) results in God remaining an enigma to you as you grope hopelessly in the darkness of demonism and foolishness; you are but a sounding gong of impotence in a lost and dying World; you are lacking wisdom and knowledge as you die daily in your sin and seek death in Hell in your rebellion to God’s truth, His love and hope (Proverbs 14:12).