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A Christian doesn't have to be friends with an atheist because of the Bible. They must be if they like the person. Jesus mingled with Gentiles.
I believe the Lord can call Christians to be a friend and a servant to those who do not believe in God. That does not mean that you necessarily have a deep trust or connection with them, but you are concerned about their well-being.
Hey Zeke, I just wanted to thank you for this question being asked. I have learned much that I can improve on. I will pose this question to my youth in bible study this week.
It would be hard to have a deep, trusting relationship with one that does not share the same spiritual connection to God. The elephant in the room would be hard to overcome.
I reckon some folks will work real hard to find reasons not to love. This concept is new to me "Jesus meant". And was Christ a Christian? Not exacting revenge, is forgiving, which is part of love. Is a small child an atheist. Fellowship restricted?
@t zeek2100, I agree
Yes, of course. In a sense fellowship.
Koinonia is the Greek word for communion, meaning "that which we have in common." So spiritually, Christians and Atheists cannot fellowship on a spiritual level.
You can love & care about people that aren't Christians. Fellowship is different.
Who are you? and what have you done with fatfist?
You cannot love all the same because love takes on many forms. I don't think you have romantic love for all your friends, or that your love for Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is divine love.
It is called friend love planks. Chill out.
That is great that you have diverse friends with different beliefs and try to love them in the same manner without prejudice.
You didn't say that you have a deeper friendship with some than others. Do you trust some more than others?
Hello Zeke... Yes. There are those whom I trust more than others. For instance, I have a friend I've known from childhood who is like a brother. But, I do show them all the same respect.