Grantid, not everyone has the same reasons for believing or not believing something. It varies from person to person. However, over the years of talking with Atheists and Agnostics, some similar reasons seem to pop up.
There are 2 main reason I believe people will refuse to believe in God and accept God’s offer of Salvation found in the Cross of Christ. I say “main,” because Im sure there are others. But I want to delve into a few for starters.
1.) Unbelief and skepticism
-These people are either unsure about God or think they have, “scientific proof” to disprove his existence.
2.) A Warped view of God.
– Some people have tasted bad medicine in their experiences with “religious people” and that left them in a state of not wanting to believe in God all together. They fail to realize that the God of the Bible is beyond appealing and he is not some grumpy or angry force that wants to punish their every sin, they don’t realize also that God loves them and that their life of sin cannot compare to the glorious pleasures of knowing their loving creator who made them with a purpose. As a non Christian I feared missing out on the fun if I truly turned my life and will over to Christ, however, this is a huge lie and Christianity done correctly is the most enjoyable fulfilling experience of the human soul, nothing can compare to doing the very thing you made for and experiencing a relationship with God himself.
3.) A Lack of understanding of a difficult God concept.
Some people cannot reconcile how a God of complete love could punish people in an eternal hell. For these people I recommend they check out
Others cannot reconcile the idea of a good God allowing evil or suffering.
There are many other questions and concepts people wrestle with. And I hope some who do not yet know the love of the Savior might find this helpful.
The good news for either category of people is God can still save them, no one is beyond the reach of Christ and he does reveal himself to a seeking soul. If they are interested if finding him, He will be found.