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.
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.
Mercedes, you ask why the Bible is not enough proof for us... For the same reasons that the holy books of other religions are not proof of those religions to you. You presumably don't think that the existence of the Egyptian Book of the Dead is proof of Horus, Set or the the multitude of other gods within. Why not? You probably don't believe that the Norse myths aren't proof of Odin, Thor, or the paradise of Valhalla. Why not? You could do the same dance with every religion. When you understand what you don't recognize all the other religions (ofter even older than Christianity) with holy books of their own, you will begin to see why the Bible is not proof of the god of the Bible.
You say that without God, we wouldn't have the Bible. But we could equally say that without the Bible, we wouldn't have that god on the table at all. Arguing that the Bible (which introduced God) is proof of God because it says it's the word of God is circular reasoning. By that 'logic' one is forced to accept every religion because 'it says it's true right here'. So anyone could theoretically write a book (the older the better ) that says that it is the word of Steve. Steve is a great guy that turns everything he touches into a book, and that the book you're reading used to be one of his socks. Therefor, Steve, the magic book man is real!
But it's not that easy in reality now is it? It would be silly to believe in magic Steve because a book says he is real, and is itself proof of his power. What is needed is proof that the book's claims are true. That is where the Bible fails spectacularly. There is the odd historical reference present, but there is far more in there that is historically false or evidenced. For the sake of streamlining the conversation, I won't even get in to the many absurdities present as well. The important fact is that the Bible is not actual first person historical accounts. Many of the books authorship is unknown, and most were recorded so far removed from the events they describe, that the authors could never have witnessed these events themselves. Without external confirming evidence, this leaves the texts as hearsay at best.
As for 'requiring too much evidence'. I actually don't require much proof. One undeniable piece of proof would be it for me. However, I've never seen, heard , or experienced any proof of God. And it's not from not wanting to. I was a believer for the longest time. My loss of faith was actually the result of me trying to prove that my faith was the real truth. I searched long and hard, prayed, dove into the Bible, etc. But the more I knew about my religion, the less plausible it looked. Eventually I had to be honest with myself and admit that I no longer believed. I didn't seek those ends, but here I am. At the end of the day, if happy of the way things ended up though. I learned so much, along the way and now have a much more fulfilling view on life than I ever had prior.
I hope that helps with your question.