1. I believe God touched me for the same reason He touches anyone who's been Born Again. I humbled myself to the fact that I didn't have it all figured out when at the hight of my anti-theism I said those two Our Fathers. In addition, I searched for truth in a humble way my entire life. Every time I found another kernel no matter how it didn't fit into my life I embraced it. Up until this experience I'd never had any warm and fuzzies of any sort either, hence the anti-theism. It's all about sincerely humbling yourself and apologizing to Jesus for pushing Him away all these, asking Him to come into your life and thanking Him for not giving up on you.
Most of the regulars here have not always been atheists; most of them are former Christians. When they felt their faith starting to fade, they were highly alarmed and did not want to lose it. They desperately prayed and prayed and prayed, frantically begging Yahweh to give them strength or some kind of a sign or something to help them continue believing him. Yahweh did not answer them. It's a big part of the reason that they're atheists now. What do you think about that?
2. I'm not trying to convince anyone and God doesn't care if you believe or not.
Obviously he does care, considering what he does
with people who don't believe. I have no interest in "Doctor Who" at all, so if someone says that Tom Baker was not the best doctor, I'm not inclined to soak that person in gasoline and throw a lit match on him. Actually, it's hard for me to imagine doing that to anyone at all, but if I did, you can bet it would be for something I care about a hell of a lot. No pun intended.
The thing you should consider is that lack of proof of something doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
I don't think anyone here would think that. Scientific skepticism entails rejecting a claim until evidence for the claim is provided, which is not
the same thing as saying that the claim is false. One of the reasons we're atheists is that we have seen no evidence that a deity exists. Should anyone present any, we will examine it.
Think about when we thought the world was flat.
What about it?
Another question to ask yourself is what kind of proof would you expect from God?
How about some kind of a healing miracle that cannot be explained by natural processes? Like, say, an amputee spontaneously and miraculously getting his leg back?
It's important to understand that the demonically deceived powers that be have a vested interest in keeping the truth about Jesus Christ from you.
Considering that Christ is omnipotent, it shouldn't matter, should it? It isn't possible to fight someone who is all-powerful. I mean, if I fill a balloon with water and shoot it point-blank with a .44 Magnum, what are the odds that the balloon is not going to burst? The odds of winning a fight with Jesus should be even slimmer than that, shouldn't they?
No other topic has more disinfo on the net about it then Christianity.
Again: shouldn't be possible, should it?
4. There's no convincing people to have a personal relationship with God.
Actually, there could be, it's just that what skeptics would need to have such a relationship, believers are unable to provide. For starters, you would have to prove that Yahweh exists, since it is not possible to even contemplate having a relationship with someone if you don't even know whether that person exists. That, all by itself, is a tall order.
Having convinced someone of the existence of Yahweh, the next step would be to convince that person that Yahweh is not a complete fucking asshole. Most rational and healthy people would not wish to have a relationship with a mass murderer of any kind, for example, and Yahweh, as portrayed in the bible, most certainly is one. (Fun experiment for you, by the way... try going thru the bible sometime and adding up all the people that Yahweh slaughters. Then, for comparison, add up the total number of people killed by Satan. It's an eye-opening exercise.)
There's no amount of proof or intellectual gymnastics that will move someone toward Christ.
And that doesn't tell you anything?
5. No one is making stuff up. We can both be right about our experiences up until this point. I was in your shoes two years ago. All I can tell you is if you sincerely want to know the truth about Christ He will show it to you.
sincerely want to know the truth about Christ. If I'm wrong about his not existing, I seriously want to know that -- I absolutely hate being wrong about anything, and if Christ exists and is omniscient, then he knows that. So why am I still an atheist? He knows full well that he would have my approval to correct my error.
Search for info that will prove your current beliefs wrong.
Go to church a couple times. Read the Bible with an open mind.
Most of us here have been to church more than a "couple times". And most of us have read the bible in full, more than once and in more than one translation. For many of us, it's why we're atheists now.
No one can prove that the Bible isn't true
Actually, there are quite a few things in the bible that are known to be false. The exodus, for example, never happened. Neither did the flood. The human race is not descended from two human beings. Snakes and donkeys cannot talk.
and no one can prove that God is real
Now you're starting to get it.
so I would encourage everyone to have a very open mind to the most important issue in the world.
Why do you assume that we don't? Is it simply because we disagree with you?
6. Many proclaimed atheists are very mad at God. I knew that when I was one.
I find that rather doubtful. I would need to know specifics, but I imagine that, more likely, they were angry at people who called themselves followers of Yahweh because of the things that those people say and do.