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.
sorry I didn't understand what troll or poe meant. I am simply here to ask questions. If I am not welcome here then I will happily leave. It might be better.
One thing to remember about people on boards with differing opinions: most of those people don't acknowledge that other people have lives and don't sit at their computers 24/7 waiting to respond to anything thrown at them. If someone posts something toward you and you don't answer within just a few hours, oft times they will call you a troll or a coward. Please ignore these people. It is just their impatience. I would suggest that you take one of the few valuable things out of your religion and practice patience and forgiveness with rude and irrational people. (No offense intended, Adam, I'm not trying to point you out specifically). Most of us understand that you are here to try to understand why you should open your mind to the slightest possibility that your belief system might be invalid.
Not to use it as an excuse for rude behavior, but some of us have kind of short fuses sometimes because we are used to true trolls that come in to chat areas like this just to pick a fight rather than question anything, and often they come in pretending, at least at first, to be asking "honest" questions, only to try to twist the answers to use against the people who actually are trying to be honest and open in trying to get them to understand.
So, please just ignore anyone who attacks you personally. Which is NOT the same as someone who might appear to be "attacking" your ideas. All ideas are (or should be) open to debate. If your idea or belief can't stand up to scrutiny, you should seriously consider WHY you believe such a thing before putting it out to the public to be shredded.
Maybe she has to check with her 'source' or pastor first...
Hopefully, she's off studying and realizing she put her money on the wrong horse, er, god.
Everyone, please do refrain from name-calling. It's against the guidelines. (posting as Think Atheist admin)
Also, Mercedes has been deluged with responses so she may not be able to respond to everyone.
Hear, hear, this is a place of quiet contemplation and education (sometimes!)
We should be encouraging young people like Mercedes to come here and question us. It might cause enough curiosity to put her on the first steps to questioning her faith, it might not, but the last thing we want is for people like her having what her pastor/priest said would happen confirmed.
We are good, fair and peaceful because we want to be, etc.
I believe she has said before that she is 25 years old, she is even older than me, so I don't really think she is as young and naive as you might she think she is. I can understand your confusion because her discussion style perceives her to be a lot younger than she is.
Actually, sometimes rather boisterous contemplation, but I suppose any kind of contemplation is better than none at all.
I would slightly change your first assumption. Rather than (or possibly in addition to) "not" asking for proof of a person's deity, I think it would be fair to say we are certainly willing to examine any proof presented that a deity is actually real. The one caveat would be that we certainly expect extraordinary proof, since it is an extraordinary claim.
The problem is that the "proof" would have to rectify or counteract all the evidence that is currently against the concept of a god or gods (which is mammoth).
Proof is only for math and logic. The issue is the absence of evidence for these gods of yours.
Atheists ask because there has never been an answer.