Some believe that we are saved by our faith alone. But “faith” does not just mean “belief” in God or that Jesus is the Son of God. If that were true, according to the Bible, then the devil himself would be automatically saved. He “believed” both things to be true. True faith, however, is a loving “trust” in God and His Son Jesus Christ. But even if we are saved by our faith alone, it is important to remember that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26).
I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive: You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil—you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself.