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Of Christians And Atheists: What I have Learned To Date

Updated on November 10, 2014
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Seventy-eight percent of Americans Are Christians

Poor me! I think I am very naïve and still have a lot to learn about the world in which we live, and by extension, humans! I recently discovered that America is 78% Christian and am still having nightmares at the very thought. Wait, hold it, I AM a Christian and am not here to bash anyone, well hopefully no one will have a need to be (too) offended after I have said my piece.

I was reading an article on Christians being whiners and crying persecution for the least of things. But I was still left bewildered! Is it that people who do not actively follow a Christian lifestyle but otherwise believe that Christ exists and the Bible is the book to guide their belief, can simply claim persecution by virtue of association with Christianity? And why do we so casually define religion to begin with? Being aligned with Christianity and being Christian is not one and the same where I am from!


Analysing the data: surveys and questionnaires

So fine, Christians are feeling persecuted. The same 78% of the American population as defined by the likes of Wikipedia (73%); Gallup.com (78%); Christiancentury.org (78%), among others. That, by what I learned about surveys and data analysis, means that 7.8 in every 10 convict, 7.8 in every 10 drug dealer, 7.8 in every 10 prostitute, 7.8 in every 10 politician and even 7.8 in every 10 church-goer. Well good for them all.

It still doesn’t seem fair to hold the same measuring stick over people who align themselves with Christianity as we would a Converted Christian (one who is baptised and actively following the teachings of Christ) or even a pastor, however.

My Grouse With Christians

One grouse I have to date, however, is with regards to how the Church and Missionary community treat the less fortunate, whether within or outside of the church. Remember I am a Christian so no one can cry persecution against me. I will list a few examples briefly:

  1. A man came to me in desperation and I referred him to a Christian organization which feeds the homeless. He had explained that he had recently returned from prison and despite living somewhere, his ‘home’ was but a shack which is flooded when it rains. He was however seeking assistance to buy a few juices to sell and make an honest living. I sent him to the organization for immediate relief as he was hungry and told him to ask if they can assist with the juice venture. He was promptly told that they only feed the homeless! He obviously didn’t qualify for their feeding program, even if they had food in a glut.
  2. A lady and her family were made homeless in America a couple years ago and when they approached a particularly visible Christian Organization, they discovered that she was an illegal immigrant and informed her that they cannot break the law by helping her and her freezing children as a result of immigration status. They were left for dead; hopefully someone else rendered assistance.
  3. I visit different churches at times and believe there are others who share this particular view. The offering and tithes are collected in a very public way, such that if you do not have any to give, you will be seen quite easily. Likewise, if it is a church which offers care packages, they are very prominently displayed, so the shame of those who might have fallen on hard times prevents them from accessing the items which are also usually packaged in a manner for others to know, especially if you take public transportation.
  4. There was a story recently about a new pastor who had decided to dress as a homeless man and lie down at the doorway of his new church. He was stepped pass and scoffed at by his 'to be inherited' congregation, even as he begged for money. Yet the same Christians upon realizing who he was, were suddenly very repentant.
  5. When I was younger, I attended a church which had mostly wealthy members. The pastor in his wisdom, decided to invite some children from poor neighboring communities. He lost many church members who chose not to have their children mingle with the poor.

These behaviors do not seem very Christ-like, but what do I know? I will however hasten to say that these behaviors are not the norm among Christians, but instead isolated incidents for the most part.

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

— Matthew 25:45
A Homeless Beggar
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About Atheists

Now about those Atheists! I was raised in a Christian nation too; so I keep hearing. We have more churches per capita than most countries. I didn’t know much about Atheists and Atheism outside of what I learned in religious studies (that they don’t believe in God). For that, I am grateful to social media and my own research for opening my eyes. But I have learned much with a far way to go.

Maybe Christians see me as an angry Christian for calling a spade a spade, even to their/our disadvantage. I have also met a few angry atheists and if I wasn’t careful, would have thought that angry is what atheists are. Angry with God, life, themselves or loved ones; angry with people or whatever else is there to be angry with. But then I met some of the sweetest Atheists (people really, I know very few people who can walk in their shoes) anyone could desire to know!

I learned from them that while they don’t believe in my or any other god, they live a life to show that there is humanity without the use of religion, Bible, Quran, etcetera to guide morality. Being a Christian, I would really prefer that they believe in what I believe, but can you truly address a situation you truly don’t understand? The debate continues. Their stance is that religion is the foundation of many wars, has justified slavery and continues to limit people’s potential.


Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

Let me hasten to add that because a person does something bad doesn’t mean that he does nothing good or is incapable of being good. Likewise, slavery isn’t synonymous with any particular race or religion, despite being widespread among some. The argument of Christianity being aligned with slavery therefore holds no water for me; it is porous.

I love and believe in God and I love my Atheist friends. Like some Atheists, there are some Christians who are mean or do not know true charity. I’m sure my association with Atheists will not land me in hell and that I will not be converted to their way of life. Do I want them to be converted to mine? Sure! But I would rather live a life uplifting to God and let them see and want to follow than to talk them into my beliefs. Most are well read anyway, far more than I am.

We need to get over ourselves and live charitably, one onto another. In the same way Christian is not synonymous with being kind, Atheism is not synonymous with being mean, angry or bitter.

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    • Keisha Hunter profile imageAUTHOR

      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Thank you for your kind words Akriti, indeed that is what should matter.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      I love your thought process. I've seen people making the whole debate as religion vs atheism while in actuality, every individual is entitled to their belief or disbelief. Atheism is not a bad thing. In fact you need to be rational to adopt it. You're right when you say that charity is important. I've always felt, 'being human' is what should be the goal :-)

      Lovely post.

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      "So how do you get that I am AntiChrist when I said that I believe and go by Jesus Christ's words."

      Did you forget you claimed Jehovah God's resurrection of Christ and his ennoblement as King of his Kingdom was myth? Only an Antichrist would deny this!

      Like I keep telling you, if you don't want to be known as an Antichrist stop defaming God and his Son.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      That is it. I will no longer communicate with you because you are the rudest person that I have met on here...and I have been here for 6 years. So how do you get that I am AntiChrist when I said that I believe and go by Jesus Christ's words. You make no sense and you only want to fight. Fight with someone else. I am done. You have given this hub all thesigns of what they is talking about. You have proved her point over and over and over again.... You are sick and you need some mental help or a CULT deprogrammer.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      If you don't want to be known as an Antichrist then don't comport yourself like one for only an Antichrist would heap obloquy upon the glorious King of God's Kingdom: Who Or What Is The Antichrist? http://bit.ly/1uUUgmT

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Brother Joseph

      I want you to write a hub of what an AntiCrhist is verses the alternative or opposite. If you do not do this I will report you for trolling and not writing a hub on your account for over 13 months.

      Also put in that hub how a "Holier Than Thou" can fall by their own words. You may also want to include, by your standards, why it is right to call people names if they do not agree with you.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      If you're not an Antichrist why do you behave like one?

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      You are hard of reading.....Perhaps you should get a good idea about other religious belifs and structures here. I am not an AntiChrist either.

      http://www.religioustolerance.org/

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      Are you hard of reading? When did I ever say you were?

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      I am not a Catholic. There is the pattern already started ....name calling!

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      Yet Catholics, and those like you, are not Christians. You're all Antichrists.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph, you are exasperating and I will not answer to your sillyinees anymore. Please do not take this as a runnign away tactic, because i is not. I have just had enough of you.

      Hitler was a Catholic. You are being really silly now. Have anice one!

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      "Atheists do not do that. They truly do love others as themselves and the also stick to the do unto others as they what others to do to them. I have never known, and I do know many atheists here and in life, to segregate others by their looks, sexual orientation or beliefes of any kind."

      Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't Danton, Lenin, Sanger, Than Shwe, Stalin, Mengele, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Ceausescu, Honecker, Castro, Pol Pot, Broz Tito and Milosevic oppressive, sadistic, democidal atheists who, collectively, murdered ***hundreds of millions*** of helpless men, women and little children?

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      So you believe Jesus lied when he claimed to be the Son of God or when he explained that he existed in heaven before he was born as a man? (Matthew 16:16; John 1:14; Luke 1:35; Matthew 3:16, 17)

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      "you can believe in that myth if you want"

      Argumentum assertio. “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” Prove your claim. Prove it's a myth.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph you can believe in that myth if you want but that does not mean that you can push it on everyone else. Jesus never once said to do that.

      I follow the words that Jesus said in the NT and other books that were banned from that book. I do not love a book. I love what the mystic Jesus said and how he told us to treat others. I do not and will not like anything that a deceiver would say after killing mass numbers of people who did follow Jesus before he infiltrated those who followed Jesus for the sake of an all powerful dictator. Paul is the worst of the worst. You donot have to believe history or that accounts of other people beside what is now called the Church, but that is your choice. Like I said I am a "Christian" that is supposed to follow Jesus, not a "paulean" or a "Churchian, who follows Paul and not Jesus.

      Church does not follow tht Love They Neighbor and they do not bleive the affects after they do those horrible things to other and then cannot understand why they are hated right back.

      Atheists do not do that. They truly do love others as themselves and the also stick to the do unto others as they what others to do to them. I have never known, and I do know many atheists here and in life, to segregate others by their looks, sexual orientation or beliefes of any kind.

      What I have seen and expereinced is the divisiveness of Christians against other Christians, and Christians against Atheists.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      But Jesus lives! Jehovah God resurrected him as a glorious immortal spirit creature!

      "When he came as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground— and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." - Philippians 2: 8-11

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph and what happens if they do not have a sword....like Jesus...but he still got killed and it wasn't for what religion teaches that it was. He was alo not the prince of peace either and he even said that.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Say

      Wait until they start nuking one another ...

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      J.O.P. - plenty of people die by the sword because they didn't defend themselves with the sword.

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Say

      'Live by the sword, die by the sword.' -Matthew 26:52

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      I agree SYTL

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      LG - I read the article. I honestly don't see what the problem is with Buddhists defending themselves, even being proactive by striking first. The Buddhist countries of China and Japan are world-famous for martial arts. Pacifism is often taken for being wimpy, and is used as an excuse for not defending your community and even suppressing people's right to defend themselves (you yourself have been a victim of this mentality, as I have). True pacifism uses violence only as a last resort, which is definitely the case here.

      Christianity has used bullying tactics to overrun the Americas. It has not been so successful in the Hindu-based religious countries of India, China, and Japan. Apparently they're doing something right - especially since they don't have the rates of violent crime that the Americas and the Middle East do. So rather than criticize, let's learn from them!

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      I found this article about the violence and Buddhism that you might like to read. I did not read the full article though. so just saying...

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/22/world/asia/buddhism-...

    • Keisha Hunter profile imageAUTHOR

      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Lol I Guess It's Possible Even As An Oxymoron. Self Preservation Joseph.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Say

      Attacking ... in self-defense, lol :)

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      @J.O.P. ~

      I have heard of them. The Buddhists there are attacking the Muslims mainly in self-defense. True, some of those attacks are unprovoked, but overall, that does not constitute a holy war. Buddhists believe in non-violence, but they also believe they have the right to defend themselves, including the use of violence. That's practical.

      Burma does not have a government religion, but most people there are Buddhists, which makes Muslims a minority. Thanks to their religion's current reputation for violent cults, Muslim communities are suspected wherever they are a minority. Since some Muslims have attacked the Buddhist residents there, it only makes sense for them to be viewed with suspicion.

      Even if it were a holy war, it still took 2500 years for one to start. I say that's a pretty good record.

    • Joseph O Polanco profile image

      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Say

      I take it you've never heard of the violent riots started by Buddhists last year in Burma and other cities ...

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Great, J.O.P. Members of other religions do the same thing. Incidentally, Buddhism is the only major world religion with virtually no history of holy wars. That's the WHOLE religion, not just one sector of it.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Say

      "religions are shaped by its followers' environments."

      Only tangentially. At it's core, though, all sedulous Christians believe the exact same thing and treat each other as members of the very same loving family: http://bit.ly/pwUMD4 http://bit.ly/14S7GGK

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Lady Guinevere - I too am sorry about what happened to you. I had a similar experience in the cult - I told about it in the hub, "My Experience in a Cult". I wasn't raped, but I was physically attacked by my landlord who turned out to be a professional criminal. The reason I changed his name, and the location of where I was living at the time, is because I don't want him to recognize me and know where I am today.

      The minister (cult leader) and the spiritual advisor he appointed me accused me of provoking the attack! The spiritual advisor said I must have said something to make him mad. As if that would justify it!

      It is extremely important to surround yourself with positive people. I believe one of the reasons he attacked me is because he knew who I was associating with, and that they would do nothing to help me.

      Keisha - religions are shaped by its followers' environments. That's why there's more than one way to think; it doesn't make sense that you have the same lifestyles in the desert as you would in the jungle.

      That's one of the 2 lessons I learned from being in the cult - there's more than one way to think. The other lesson is that there is no cosmic Santa Claus. If any Hollywood celebrity's name were defamed this way, there would be lawsuits all over the place. It seems like the Creator of the Universe would at least show equal interest in His reputation.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph I never said that it was only about JW.

    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Oh I undertand.

    • Keisha Hunter profile imageAUTHOR

      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      @Lady: I don't believe they are the rule, well I can't speak for Jehovah's Witnesses, but Christians in general, not on paper but those I alluded to earlier.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      Apologies. I did not realize that particular Hub was specifically about Jehovah's Witnesses and their beneficent preaching work. Let me take a closer look and get back to you.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph you commented on it many times already. The one about how church brings andholds their flock.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Guin

      Happily! Can you supply a link?

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Sure there is Joseph and my hub points that it is not the exception at all. They are trained to convert and bring in money and followers. Go read the hub...actually read it.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Keisha

      My point is that they are the extremely rare exception, not the rule.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph that happened way back in the late 1980s. I will never give names out like that. I do NOT want that opened back up in any shapr or form.

      Like Keisha said, they do exist still.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      But Joseph You're Still Missing The Big Picture! They Do Exist Is All We Are Saying! Sorry About Caps, On Phone.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Lady

      I'm so very sorry for what you went through, truly I am.

      If you give me that person's name and the congregation he's from I'll make sure our Branch Office looks into the matter and take whatever disciplinary measures are warranted.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      I did enlighten. I told him my experience with the JW and he did not understand it. My ex-husband and I worked for a JW preacher. I got raped and went to him for guidance and was told that because I worked outside of the home that I somehow deserved to be raped. He also mentioned that it ws the way that I dressed. I never dressed other than modest and the day that I was raped I was in a heavy sweater and long pants. Nothing sexist about that. He was not the only preacher that told me that I "asked" for it because of my dress. All my dresses were just above the knee and if that is asking for it there is something wrong with men...and there is something wrong with me. So there you have it, enlightend and all.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Keisha

      I'm more partial to the definition of Christian found at 1 Peter 2:21, "In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely." This is very similar to what Christ himself set forth at John 13:15, "For I set the pattern for you, that just as I did to you, you should also do." That is the definition of a Christian :)

      This necessarily means that all who do not fit this definition but claim to be Christian are actually Antichrist in both God's and Christ's eyes.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Ok guys, play nice. @Joseph in my experience, your definition of Jehovah Witnesses fits Christians as a whole, ie: converted, baptised Christians. They at least put up (try to) a front for others to see, but there are things we overlook that are very wrong with us as Christians. @Lady: my solution isn't to walk away but enlighten what's wrong and try to make the change or get them to change. @SayYes: many religions are many things, likewise many denominations. Its amazing to see the changes according to regions, don't you think?

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Lady

      You told me before? My apologies but I do not recall such a conversation. Feel free, though, to refresh my memory :)

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph O Polanco Who are you? You do not have a bio or anything and you have been here for 13 months. I told you befoe how I was mistreated. I am sorry that you cannot or will not understand.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Lady

      And they mistreated you, how exactly ?

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Joseph O Polanco I worked for them. Enough said.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Lady

      I wish it was. You, apparently, claim that you've never been a JW but that you've been mistreated by them. That doesn't make sense. Can you elaborate?

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      I thought my explanation was pretty straight forward. What are you having troble with in what I said?

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Lady

      I'm not sure what you're trying to say. Can you please elaborate?

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Interesting hub, Keisha. I'd like to add some religions are atheist; Confucianism is one example. Also Jainism, which is based on Hinduism, is practiced as atheistic, even though it is polytheist. Buddhism, which is also based on Hinduism, is non-theistic, which means it doesn't matter whether one believes in a deity or not. In the Western World, atheism is controversial, a conclusion angry former Christians reach when their faith no longer makes sense. In the Eastern World, atheism is merely an opinion.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Oh I can attest to that one Joseph O Poanco! For one women are open to any sexual misconduct if she works outside the home. Then she is blamed further and is further put into submission if she speaks out. I am NOT a JW, but this is the kind of treatment that I got after such an occurrence.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Keisha

      I don't quite follow. Are you suggesting that, based on your personal dealings with Jehovah's Witnesses, they're not a loving, peaceful, joyful, altruistic and honest people?

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      LOL, yes I wrote a hub about how the church gets their minds and keeps them. That was very eye-opening and you know what...none of them read it. Some of us just woke up from all that and stopped eating from their spoons the tried to feed us. More of those kind needs to read it and really understand when I am coming from before they spout off scripture and call others bad names and then tell others that they do not do that. Some just need to look in the mirror on this.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Lol that's ok dear, everyone's experiences are different while some of us are just not willing to open our eyes and see what is wrong with our routines, perspectives, experiences, world views and dare I say religions and beliefs.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      OMG! Now you have someone telling you what your feelings and experiences lacked. That be the total opposite of what you were saying here.

      Start a revoloution on HP! They need to be shaken into some humanity too.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Interesting. Thanks for the insight. I do know a few Witnesses so I beg to differ re the world and what it would then be with only them. I heard of a couple who were ostracised for choosing to save their child's life via blood transfusion; I could go on. My quarrel is with selfish, angry, evil and misleading people; with hypocrites and murderers in the name of religion; with what is wrong with the world today. I didn't bother to add the other religions lest I start a revolution on HubPages.

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      Joseph O Polanco 

      3 years ago

      @Keisha

      Your quarrel, it seems, is with Antichristendom, not Christianity-

      “During the genocide of Tutsi and Hutu living in Rwanda, there were Hutu who risked their lives to protect Tutsi and Tutsi who protected Hutu. Some were killed by extremists for protecting their fellow believers. For example, a Hutu Witness named Gahizi was killed after hiding a Tutsi sister named Chantal. Chantal’s Tutsi husband, Jean, was hidden in another location by a Hutu sister named Charlotte. For 40 days Jean and another Tutsi brother remained hidden in a large chimney, only coming out for brief periods during the night. All this time, Charlotte provided them with food and protection, although living close to a Hutu army camp. On this page, you can see a picture of a reunited Jean and Chantal, who are thankful that their Hutu fellow worshipers ‘risked their necks’ for them, just as Prisca and Aquila did for the apostle Paul.—Romans 16:3, 4.

      Another Hutu Witness, Rwakabubu, was praised by the newspaper Intaremara for protecting Tutsi fellow believers. It stated: “There is also Rwakabubu, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who continued to hide people here and there among his brothers (that’s how fellow believers call one another). He used to spend the whole day long carrying food and drinking water for them though he is an asthmatic. But God made him extraordinarily strong.”

      Consider, too, an interested Hutu couple named Nicodeme and Athanasie. Before the outbreak of genocide, this married couple had been studying the Bible with a Tutsi Witness named Alphonse. At the risk of their lives, they hid Alphonse in their home. Later they realized that the house was not a safe place because their Hutu neighbors knew about their Tutsi friend. Therefore, Nicodeme and Athanasie hid Alphonse in a hole in their yard. This was a good move because the neighbors began to come searching for Alphonse almost every day. While lying in this hole for 28 days, Alphonse meditated on Bible accounts such as the one about Rahab, who hid two Israelites on the roof of her house in Jericho. (Joshua 6:17) Today Alphonse continues his service in Rwanda as a preacher of the good news, thankful that his Hutu Bible students risked their lives for him. And what about Nicodeme and Athanasie? They are now baptized Witnesses of Jehovah and conduct over 20 Bible studies with interested persons. - “Sharing the Comfort That Jehovah Provides”

      “They refuse any form of violence and without rebelling put up with the many trials inflicted on them because of their beliefs . . . How different the world would be if we all woke up one morning firmly decided not to take up arms again, whatever the cost or the reason, just like Jehovah’s Witnesses!” - “Andare Alle Genti”

      “I have come to the conclusion that if Jehovah’s Witnesses were the only ones living on the earth, wars would cease to exist, and the only duties of the policemen would be to control traffic and to issue passports.” - “Gyűrű”

      “Suffice it to say that if all the world lived by the creed of the Jehovah Witnesses there would be an end of bloodshed and hatred, and love would reign as king!”- “The Sacramento Union”

      “The work of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the revival and re-establishment of the primitive Christianity practised by Jesus and his disciples . . . All are brothers.” - “The Encyclopedia Canadiana”

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Thank you Cam, I try.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      You have some interesting viewpoints here, and I appreciate your balanced approach.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Welcome my sweet lil sis, that is just so true. Many Christians spend a lot of time judging, hating and fearing what they don't understand. I have Atheist friends whom I prefer in comparison to some of my 'holy' Christian friends. I'm glad my eyes have been opened though, because Lord knows my viewpoint wasn't like it is now, but out of shear ignorance and knowing some angry people.

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      La Tanya X 

      3 years ago

      " Atheism is not synonymous with being mean, angry or bitter..." If all other theists understood that line.....

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Nice to hear from you YogaKat. Thanks for the support.

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      YogaKat 

      3 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Love this hub . . . I am a theist . . . I believe there can be many realities on many levels. My son is an atheist and believes quite the opposite. He ponders end of earth probabilities while I ponder future earth potentials.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Thanks for your kind words Lady. You have some great hubs too. Christianity isn't casual and shouldn't be treated as such by Christians.

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      Great hub and great thoughts and you are right on with some Christians not doing as Jesus told us to do. I am a Christian also, but there is something else that those who use the Bible as a sword to hurt others, I called them Churchians. They are as different as night is to day. Most of them cannot or for some reason will not read their Bible and I never use any of the newer versions.It fuels the fire from within them. I strictly use Young's Literal Translation and yes there are things that are different from today modern versions.

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