During the debates I had so far on this board, I noticed that there is a common misconception about atheism. It seems that most people here believe, that atheists at some point in their life choose to not believe in (a) god.
Becoming an atheist is not a decision, it is a realisation. One day you realise, there is (are) no god(s). Once you’ve come to that conclusion, you do not have a choice anymore, like
Choice A - believing in gods
Choice B - not believing in gods.
In order to choose between alternatives, those alternatives have to exist in the first place.
Therefore the allegation that atheists actively refuse, reject, be angry with, or hate God is not valid from the atheist’s point of view. One cannot refuse a non-existing thing.
Furthermore, the advice to pray to [God|Jesus|Mary|some saint] in order to find God or the circular statement “you have to believe first, before you can believe” won’t convince any atheist for the very same reason.
If someone buys one of the general arguments for god’s existence (intelligent designer, 1st cause, moral, even argumentum ad populum), only then there is a choice to make, i.e. which religion to follow.
I hope, this will help in future discussions.