someone we look up to -> the whole reason for God to exist from an atheist perspective and much of what a theist spent his life doing
good, noble, virtuous -> as exemplified by the prophets in every major religion...
rational -> the life lessons imparted in the scriptures are consistent with a brilliant teaching strategy...like a how-to manual for life
consistent -> consistency as seen in the overall thoroughfare of mankind...this is the hardest one to convince oneself of but i think that God works mysterious ways and that there is ALWAYS a reason
they cant invalidate the faith system either. people tried doing that with the Quaran but it didn't work because in the right context, God's word is...well, God's word.
i realize that i have faith but i haven't spent nearly enough time or effort to even be worthy of mention as compared any of the enlighetened souls that i hold in high regard. i can't really use my dealings with life to discount his presence.
my point being, i KNOW how, but i haven't PRACTICED the how ...so i havent expereienced...but i do believe.
not where God is concerned...unless you seek the nonexistance with an open and accepting mindframe