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.
"...she is a victim of child abuse and needs help not criticism."
A truism to be sure. But can you or I actually repair a damaged mind by with just words.............maybe. But then 'criticism' may be a part of the procedure to repair that mind.
Once someone figures it out the word 'Atheist' will no longer be in our lexicon. Looking forward to that day.
I recall a number of us who used kid gloves with you, because of your sincerity, knowing you were not to blame for your own indoctrination. Maybe you haven't been here long enough to see us go all school of piranha on a theist troll - it's not a pretty sight --
Belle! Scratch the "BS!" remark, something unprecedented has happened! I KNOW you're never going to believe this, but I MADE A MISTAKE! Yeah, I know, what are the odds?
I wasn't thinking of you - sorry - when I said what I did about the kid gloves - but the reason you sprang to mind, was because I was thinking of the little girl you took under your wing, because others were picking on her, but I can't recall her name.
Then a bunch of stuff happened, most of which no one knows about, because evidently, without knowing it was a no-no, you posted the state she lived in or something, then a lot of comments were deleted by the Almighty Powers That Be, and she left and never came back.
Remember? What was her name?
We treated her with kid gloves. You, yeah, we probably kicked to the curb --
BTW - we seem to have another Sarah - http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topic/listForContributor?user=2t7... - is that you, or a new one? I'm SO confused!
RE: "are you just bringing up bad memories on purpose?" - no, but now that you mention it, it sounds like fun.
RE: "You don't remember? It wasn't that long ago Arch.." - true, but there are so many of you sweet, innocent little Christian girls who drop by to convert us with such inarguable logic as, "The Bible's true because it says it is!" that without a scorecard, I lose track, but it's slowly coming back to me, like much of the Seventies and select parts of the Eighties --
Its not about what I want, its about what is. What I want holds little relevance to truth and I do actually care about truth.
I am pretty sure she is a POE
Now that I know what that means, no I am not.
@Mercedes - hey, I didn't know what a "Poe" was either, and I've been here a lot longer than you have. Most name calling is done by people with limited vocabularies, I wouldn't worry about it.
I don't want to believe in God in the same way I don't want to believe in the flying spaghetti monster or homeopathy; they are all equally preposterous concepts. I don't really CHOOSE to not believe; basically, I am INCAPABLE of belief in something as absurd as a magic man in the sky orchestrating the chaos that roils the world that surrounds me.
You think God loves you and me? I don't know about you, but...
I very easily dismiss the Bible as proof of God's existence, especially since it is a garbled mess of contradictions and logical impossibilities.
"It's no ordinary book. It's many books written over many centuries." Kind of like the "Harry Potter series." I don't believe those, either.
It has NOT been historically verified - not even close.
Hi honey, we started to talk in chat about this. You were saying that everything in the Bible is true, and I asked you about Unicorns and whether you had read your bible thoroughly enough to find them. You had to suddenly leave but you said you would look into it later. I've done some searching for you and found the exact places.
You didn't know there were unicorns in the bible, did you? That is because you have never sat down and actually read it for yourself. You have listened to other people telling you what is in it, instead.
Since you believe it is all true, I suggest you actually read it. All of it, not just the bits your pastor or your parents picked out for you. In your mind, your God would approve of that, don't you think? Then come back and tell me you still think it is all true facts. Don't forget the unicorns.
Yes I remember our chat from before. They are talking about a rhinoserous here. "uni" meaning one and "corn" referring tot he tusk. I think that you have to look at the meaning of the words sometimes to see but that's what I think about those parts of the Bible.