It almost seems like atheists don't want to believe in God. Do you just simply not want to believe in God because you don't want to give up your own free will?
ADMIN EDIT: Mercedes has left ThinkAtheist.com on her own accord. This discussion will remain, however do not expect a response from the author.
I read through much of the previous 9 pages of comments, and the dead horse is now well-beaten from both sides, so I don't want to just re-hash anything that has already been said.
But I do want to point out one thing, at least that applies to me.
I don't require proof that God exists, and I don't believe that most other atheists do, either. It is just something some of us throw out at believers to shut them down, to be honest. We know that there is no proof, so we know that demanding that they come up with some will (hopefully) get them to either see the light, or to shut up about it...lol Sure, I can't really speak for all of my fellow non-believers, but i'm sure this applies to many of them.
Unfortunately, all of the "proof" that most believers can bring up, we do not see as undeniable. In our eyes, the Bible is just a book, of unreliable origins, that is so full of contradictions and unverifiable claims that it simply can't be accepted as fact. Not even when it says so itself!
And everything else just falls flat. All of the other "proofs" require a belief to begin with. The universe was created by God! That's evidence that he exists! Well, sure, but only if you already believe in God, and that he created the universe. If you don't, that just sounds like silly circular logic.
Why don't you believe in Allah and the Quran? The Quran is the correct word of Allah and absolute truth. So why don't you believe the Quran?
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"What can asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
I think those two statements should answer you question at least in my case.
Just as you would ask for proof that an airplane you are boarding is safe (the safety record of the airline) one should naturally demand proof that a book and the authority it is based on is provable and is worth following before you freely give up your own free will and autonomy. I would never get on a plane belonging to Somalian Airlines and I would never swallow the text of an outlandish story before exceptional and rigorous evidence was presented. You are doomed if you accept whatever people tell you. The more incredible the claim the stronger the evidence should be. The more you must give up in order to embrace the idea...the more exceptional and air tight the evidence should be.
If you think your afterlife will be better than your current life you're not really living. You're just waiting to die.
succinct & full of truth.....
Which God? There are so many I don't believe in.
What I don't understand is why you would ask this question. You couldn't have possibly thought you'd be pleased with the response? I wouldn't create a profile on a religious website, but I suppose atheists don't impose their opinions on others.
But as I think about it that presupposes a rational reasoning mind, which isn't the mind of a person who 'believes' in a deity.
It is, indeed, a very leading question. But look what wonderful debate it's sparked! More fun for us than for Mercedes, I'm sure.
Personally, I think Mercedes is quite likely a sweet kid, she can't help the way she was raised, any more than she can help trusting the beliefs of those who raised her - weren't most of us there once?
We were much kinder and more tolerant toward Belle Rose/Sarah/Jessica, when she first came here, and I'm sure she will agree with that. Let's give Mercedes a chance to learn from us, rather than turn her off with our criticism.
Well said. If she was indoctrinated as a child then she is a victim of child abuse and needs help not criticism.