Rockv, your post to screwtape is an excuse by a lot of Christians, that they decide for themselves that an atheist will take “nothing” as evidence for their god. You make claims that you’ve see such things but funny how such things are never filmed by anyone, never witnessed by anyone who isn’t already desperate for evidence on why they should keep believing, etc. Similar claims are being made by other religions too and I’m guessing you don’t believe that a Hindu guru or an Muslim mullah or a Wiccan priestess can drive out demons do you? If you don’t, why not?
If you could pray to your god for your brakes to stop squeaking, and it happened you’d be all sure it was your god. And you’d forget or excuse every time your prayers fail. Suddenly when they fail, oooh it’s that God wanted me to have something else or that god said no or that god said wait if you remembered them at all. Now, you want to claim a certainty, that *all* of your prayers come true, then show us. Pray that the children in Somalia have enough to eat right now. Pray that these young men and women are healed of their amputations so they may live the lives they imagined for themselves: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/americas/Haitian-Soccer-Amputees-Assist-Wounded-US-Soldiers-132302533.html
If you can't make these things happen by your prayers, why should I believe you that anything happens when you pray?
If you god exists, and is as you claim, omniscient, omnipotent, etc, then it will know exactly what it would take to make me believe in it. In that it hasn’t yet, what’s your excuse now?
And ah, the usual claim that magically your god has decided to change its modus operandi. Why how convenient for lying Christians who have to excuse why it does *nothing*! What I find even funnier is that your fellow Christians keep insisting that your god indeed does talk from the sky, that it does miracles. Tsk, who is the True Christian now, rockv? You have provide no evidence at all for your god. I do have an open mind but it is not like a $5 whore, open to anything that comes along. I need evidence, rockv, and you have failed repeatedly in your claims of having such evidence.
AS for demonic possession being “real”, that’s just more lies. Humans used to think that getting sick was caused by supernatural forces, but they didn’t know any better and now we have science and we do. Influenza isn’t caused by spirits, or “bad air” or “God’s will”, it’s caused by things we can counter. Same with mental illness. People who are schizophrenic, manic-depressive, paranoid, etc were all thought to be “possessed” and not surprisingly that was found to be wrong too once we started to investigate the brain with science. Science has shown that psychosomatic illnesses exist and how they can be treated. Your religion’s claims of exorcism are just like every religions and since you all think each other wrong, there is no reason to think that there is anything supernatural going on. It’s just humans being humans. And you can’t even show your nonsense about the little girl even happened (I do love how it shows that free will is bs when your god is concerned though and that your god is utterly inept). It’s just one more story.