I'm an atheist and at least 90% of the people I love are Christians. I only have a problem with Christians who use religion as a weapon to harm or control others. Obviously, I know Christians can love atheists because, well, all those people I love seem to love me back. But what I see online makes it seem that some Christians could never, ever see an atheist as an equal or someone worthy of love and definitely never as one worthy of respect. What do you think?
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GREAT answer. You hit the nail on the head. I'm often told by some that I'm not worth their time, like they're in some exclusive club and because I don't believe the same thing they do, I'm not worthy,. I feel sympathy for them. It must be sad.
Sympathy indeed. And it goes back to the question too, so that when one encounters such people, there isn't need to desire their love. Rather, show them that in your less exclusive state you love them anyway.
Thank you for your answer. I never thought of it that way. I knew I could learn something by asking this question!
Hate? Hate is a big word. Christians should not hate atheists - "love your neighbor", "love your enemies".
I do think it's possible to be friends with non-Christians and even love them, so long as they are ones who respect your beliefs and do no
I think realizing that atheists can only believe what they think is real, just like everybody, is important to finding how to stop the bad behavior that comes from twisting Christianity into a weapon. Thank you for your insight!
Thank you for your response. I'm not sure how it relates to the question but it was interesting to read. I could probably prove I don't think Gods are real but what would be the point? I take peoples' word when they say they think God is real.
I'm happy to see confirmation of my belief that the hate is not at all a legitimate part of Christianity and it's something the haters need to grow out of. The hate seems to me like fear given voice.
Thank you for helping me understand this problem from a Christian perspective.
I find people of any religion or none who retain the basic principles of compassion and protection of the weak extremely acceptable. Thank you for your concise answer.
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You're saving yourself a bunch of heartache. For most of my relationship with my ex, every argument, no matter what it was about, turned into a tirade about my "lack of morality" even if it was just a debate over buying a futon or a sofa sleeper.
I can't help but sense that in writing your response, you wrote in a spirit of anger, not saying that I'm necessarily correct in that assumption, but your writing points to bitterness. Jesus said God would not forgive us if we didn't forgive others.
Whatever and I did not. Maybe you should read it again with an open mind.
Thank you for your explanation. I have found most Christians I know to be loving and it's puzzled me for a long time why others can take the same base religion and make it about hate. The next thing that puzzles me is why they get away with it.
Well I do not know how they away with it. It does have alot to do with psychology and I explained that on my last hub. Really I am not angry.
@fit2day I saw nothing angry in her response. I might have seen frustration and it's warranted if people are using the name of her deeply held beliefs and twisting elements from her religion to justify hatred.
Thank you for helping me to put the pieces together and find out what is actually part of the Christian belief and what is the misuse of religion.
Thank you for sharing your feelings. Every piece to the puzzle is important to the big picture.
Thank you for sharing your insight and Christian perspective.
Thank you for taking the time to answer.
Slight correction - the Samaritans were not hated by Christians, they were hated by Jews. Additionally, Jesus called a non-Jew dogs, and only helped when faith was evident Mat. 15:21-28
How the hell do either of you know that? Just because it says s
in some ancient text? Wanna buy a bridge...real cheap?
Craig - I'm not a Christian, I'm an atheist - if someone wants to use a book to justify their beliefs, I just ask that they use it correctly. It's sad that I seem to know it better than a lot of the people who believe it's actually true.
Just shows ta go ya JM. None of knows anything about anything divine but I have to remind you, being an atheist indicates that you too believe in something you can't prove either so why claim to believe in anything? That's not bad is it?
Okay, you're a complete stranger, I've never met you, and you couldn't point me out on the street. Agreeing on that, why don't you tell me what I believe? Go ahead.
The only belief you can know about by knowing someone is an atheist is that he or she doesn't think Gods are real. Do you have to prove Zeus isn't real to think He isn't?
As an Atheist, Craig - I lack a belief in a god. I do not therefore assert the positive that there is no God - I simply don't believe in one because none have been sufficiently proven. Is that what you were going to say? Because it would be wrong.
Loving the discussion, keep it civil please guys, we can all learn from each other.
I have an archaeology degree with units of comparative religion as well as a life long study of religion. I can confidently assure you that the comments you make about religion are very poor and grossly biased.
Sorry but you need to know this
Bit by bit, I'm seeing that active hatred of non-Christians is not a legitimate part of modern Christianity. Thank you!
Thank you for answering.
In both my offline & online life I have gotten death threats from Christians. I've been actually assaulted & had my property vandalized by Christians. Replies like yours suggest that they hide what they're doing from other Christians. Thank y
I am so very sorry that has happened to you... the fear, the hate you have experienced is horrific, and that is NOT what Christianity is about. Belief in God is ones Faith, as intangible as a soul, yet people use God like an ax, then as an excuse
Kylyssa my heart goes out to you for your horrific experiences. I can't seem to stress enough that simply believing Christ exists and that the Bible is the word of God does NOT make you a Christian, but instead a person aligned to the Christian relig
"I hate it when people use religion to pretend how deep their connection is with the Divine." - Perhaps this is why people sometimes twist religion without a power and control motive? Thank you, you're very insightful.
I live with open-minded Christians like you and my absence of belief has never been an issue between us. My sister-by-choice and the woman I love most in the world is Christian. Thank you for your answer.
What I've learned from studying the Bible for the last 30 years can easily justify bad behavior in Christians. Just ask a Christian who hates gays; he'll quote the Bible at even you. I'm interested in modern religion built around the Book. Thanks!
You are very welcome Kylyssa. Again, we are to hate no one. Hope you have a great day.
Thank you for helping me separate what is part of modern Christianity and what is a warping of it.
Again, you are welcome.
Thank you for your answer. Is it possible that such people are Christians if they believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God as well as being God and they are trying to live how they think Jesus wants them to?
A Christian in my definition is living the Example that Christ set. So to answer your question yes you can be a Christian by Believing in Jesus Christ.