Being an atheist, I never accepted the concept of a God, someone who could somehow know every thought and every deed done by several billion people at any given time. Someone with the kind of power and knowledge that this so-called God possesses would not just sit idly by and expect people to follow him with no proof of his existence. How anyone can even think this makes any sense just boggles my mind.
However, I do believe in ghosts, spirits, whatever you want to call them. Why? Because I've seen and heard them. My experiences are only a few and I'm not someone who claims to have some kind of a relationship with the dead. I just know what I've experienced and am firmly convinced that there is something beyond the physical world we live in that we just can't easily explain with science or psychology. I'm a well-rounded, down-to-earth person who is fascinated with the supernatural, but I'm not one who focuses on it in my daily life.
In addition, though there are numerous hoaxes out there concerning ghostly sightings, there are still some compelling stories and "evidence" that at least deserve consideration. No one can prove the existence of God because there is absolutely no tangible evidence of his existence. However, there seems to be tangible evidence that we can grasp onto for the existence of supernatural beings, of those who have lived and died but somehow cannot move on.
I am one who believes in science and I know many strange things have been explained by scientific discovery, but I feel we cannot discount the possibility of some people moving into some other realm after death for whatever reason. My own experiences, though few, cannot be explained away. Some may say that stress, exhaustion, or some other condition contributed to my delusion of having seen or heard ghosts or spirits, but I can say with certainty that that is not the case. The fact, too, that others, in some cases, had similar experiences tells me "it's not just me."
So I ask you this. Am I an exception as an atheist in believing in the supernatural? I think believing in God is silly and based on nothing more than mythology. Ghosts, however, are a wholly different thing to me. What are your thoughts?