If I say there is no god, you cannot prove me wrong. If you say there is a god, you cannot prove it in any empirical, meaningful fashion. It is my assertion that this demonstrates the validity of my assertion, given that there have been claims of gods since before recorded history yet none have ever been demonstrated by any valid evidence to exist. How does anyone hold that the existence of any god or gods is possible, given these conditions? Oh, and no logical fallacies, please. No "We don't know how this happens" or "We can't explain that". Arguments from ignorance are not valid evidence.
“It is my assertion that this demonstrates the validity of my assertion, given that there have been claims of gods since before recorded history yet none have ever been demonstrated by any valid evidence to exist.”
How do you know that none have ever been demonstrated? You have no way of knowing. You are making an argument from ignorance.
Empirical proof be damned, for many people, some sort of higher power in the universe is more believable than to claim that everything that exists, all the energy and matter along with space and time and the laws and constants of nature sprang into existence in a single moment, just as a sort of accident.
It is true that many false claims have been made about that proposed higher intelligence, but because something has been wrongly described does not invalidate its existence.
The trouble with these arguments is that no one alive knows what they are talking about. The deep questions of existence are shrouded in profound mystery. We don’t know what existence is, nor consciousness or for that matter, we don’t know what we are ourselves.
Since the basis of reality is totally hidden from us, it seems to me that the most rational response is a sense of awe and wonder, along with appreciation and reverence. Belief or disbelief are for those wearing blindfolds.
Because people are taught to believe in gods at a young age. They are told by adults (parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles) that the god is real. They are raised with this belief and it becomes ingrained into their identity. The idea of NOT believing in the god is foreign to them. Everyone around them believes in the god. How can anyone NOT believe in the god? Those who don't believe in the god are wrong, evil, devil worshipers, outcasts, etc.