Now my question is why would a Christian want to visit an atheist website, blog, or forum at all? When I first accepted the fact that I was an atheist and had completely rejected my former faith as false and delusional I expended a lot of energy going online attacking Christians. I was a bitter atheist in those days and I hated the fact that I had wasted so much time and energy and had given so much of myself to the so called work of the Lord. I went to church on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (twice), and on Saturday and Sunday during the day I was outside with my ministry partner at one of two local shopping districts with my mic in hand preaching and ministering to the masses. When I wasn't doing that I was visiting the sick at the hospitals or in their homes or preaching at some local church. I lived and breathed Jesus twenty four hours a day literally!
I have matured greatly since then and no longer harbor feelings of resentment or hatred towards Christians nor the faith. I feel that everyone is entitled to believe as they please as long as they are not hurting anyone or trying to force those beliefs on others either directly or indirectly by influencing politicians and legislation. I have not been on a Christian website in years and I try to avoid reading Christian books on apologetics because I can spot a logical fallacy a mile away and their arguments for their god have not changed in quite some time. I basically have the "I don't bother them they don't bother me" attitude about the whole matter. I could only think of several reasons why a theist would go to an atheist website, blog, or forum. The first is that they are commanded to proselytize the world and to preach the gospel to all nations.
The great commission!
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Matthew 16:15
This order according to the anonymous author of Mark, came from Jesus himself! And so based on this information it is the duty of all Christians to make known their faith to all those that they come in contact with and are willing to listen. Of course there are those that wont accept their message but Jesus was made to provide instructions for this situation as well by the biblical authors.
And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them." Mark 6:11
Basically what Jesus was saying here was that if their message was not received then just leave them alone. They have been warned and so they will have to deal with the consequences of their own decision in the future. But that is not what theists do today. They harangue and nag you to death and like a good sales representative can't seem to take no for an answer. It's almost as if they find it hard to believe that not everyone is going to buy into the product that they are selling.
I agree with all options but four please don't ask again.
I can understand if you are a Christian apologists and just want to see what arguments are being made against your beliefs. Or maybe you feel that you are competent enough to hold your own in a rational debate in defense of your faith. But even this violates those very scriptures you swear to uphold in your lives as the word of God.
15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
Verse 15 deals with defending the gospel from other false gospels and beliefs. Christ demonstrated this in the New Testament on various occassions when confronted by the scribes and Pharisees. The second verse deals with not getting caught up in godless discussions which is exactly what you are doing if you are arguing the existence of God with an atheist! Your job my dear Christian is to present the gospel to the world and leave the converting to the individual. Remember your beliefs are not based on facts but faith.
Faith is not a fact!
The last reason I can think of for a theist to visit an atheist website, blog, or forum is to simply be a constant distraction and annoyance to the regulars of the website. They come to condemn those who don't believe as they do. They come to belittle those how cannot accept their claims on faith alone without first requiring evidence of their claims. They come to disrupt the flow of the conversation or disturb the activity of the other users. This is what is known on the internet as a troll.
A Christian troll in action!
a troll (//, //) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Note: All biblical citations are taken from the New International Version of the scriptures.
The definition for internet troll was taken from Wikipedia here.