Christians, would you stop being friends with someone if you found out they were

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  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 12 years ago

    Christians, would you stop being friends with someone if you found out they were atheist?

    Even if they were still the good person you knew them as?

  2. kuttingxedge profile image70
    kuttingxedgeposted 12 years ago

    Honestly, that would be the least Christian thing a person could do.

  3. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 12 years ago

    I don't  have any problems being friends with, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Siks, Hindus, and old uncle Tom Cobbleies an all, so if I were a Christian I would have no trouble with other faiths, or lack of, we're all human beings making our way as best we can.

  4. KeithJK profile image60
    KeithJKposted 12 years ago

    As a Christian but more importantly a human, I have been friends with many atheists. They are no better or no less than believers, and if you are a true Evangelical Christian, you can show him or her first hand the power of a believing in a higher power.

  5. profile image0
    Phelckyposted 12 years ago

    I would never ever end a friendship because of religion.

  6. Civil War Bob profile image60
    Civil War Bobposted 12 years ago

    Nope.  The sad thing is that a few atheist friends have asked me to walk away, so I've had to honor their request.  Doesn't stop my Acts 26:18 praying, though! wink

  7. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    Not at all!  I am a Christian and if they were interested in my faith, I would share it.  But they are entitled to their beliefs and I hope they would give me the same courtesy.

  8. tigerbaby777 profile image81
    tigerbaby777posted 12 years ago

    Jesus said "Love your neighbor as yourself."  He didn't say only if they are Christian or if they pray as we do. I think our neighbors include all people we come in contact with.

    As long as they didn't say disgusting things about my faith in God of course.

  9. wilmiers77 profile image60
    wilmiers77posted 12 years ago

    By no way would I stop loving that person; out of the question.

  10. Joseph041167 profile image61
    Joseph041167posted 12 years ago

    thank you for asking this question. this is a huge mountainous issue in my personal life lately. I am the Atheist. I have lost many friends, relatives, and long term friends. I am socially isolated.

  11. ananceleste profile image59
    anancelesteposted 12 years ago

    Never! Even if my own "faith" would ask me too. Most of my best friends have been hard core atheists. I cant do that. My love for them is too great.

  12. ii3rittles profile image79
    ii3rittlesposted 12 years ago

    No! We are suppose to love all our brothers in sisters as Jesus Christ did. If you do not love or care for another person because they do not believe in God, what does that say about Christians?

  13. phillippeengel profile image81
    phillippeengelposted 12 years ago

    That would only serve the interests of the terrorists who aim to spread discord between communities. Friends have no specific religion, ethnic origin, nationality and geographic location.

  14. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 12 years ago

    Thanks for all the answers. I asked this because I live my day to day life as a closet atheist and I am 100% sure that many I know would no longer be part of my life if they knew. They however are inlaws not just friends.

  15. Anne Burlinson profile image68
    Anne Burlinsonposted 12 years ago

    Interesting question... Just out of curiosity, what made you think of such question? I find the definition 'Christian' and 'atheist' when solely focuses on God or religion is rather limiting. Any Christian, who admits as a follower of Jesus, can still commit even the most sinful sin, like proclaiming oneself to be God and initiated mass suicide. An atheist, on the other hand, who truly believe there is no God, can be doing meaningful work like a saint. Given such combination then, can we truly limit our friendship by the 'tag' we carry?

  16. kevins blog52 profile image77
    kevins blog52posted 12 years ago

    No , God is love and He wants us to love everyone, I believe we each have an equal importunity to believe,We never know when we might say or do something that will lead a person to Christ. I know when I became a Christen I started out praying, I asked God are you real,I felt a a feeling like the most deepest love, I cant find the words that can  explain the feeling I had, I don't think they are any, but  any Christen that reads this will know the feeling I'm talking about. when Jesus was done with me I have never had any doubt sense and that was 42 years ago.He is my best friend and has pulled me out of a lot of tuff situations over the years, never once has he let me down and I know He never will.I hope your friend will find Jesus and experience the free gift  of eternal life that Jesus has to give to them.I wrote a true story/blog about life after death, I was there I know God is real.

  17. ercramer36 profile image91
    ercramer36posted 12 years ago

    Absolutely not. I would continue to be friends with them.  I would try to demonstrate my faith through my actions but it is silly to not be friends with them.  I would treat them as any other friend.

  18. profile image0
    RTalloniposted 12 years ago

    No.  A true Christian would only want to become more of a friend to you. 

    In-laws are a sticky situation.  For all their quirks, they are generally important to your family.  Treat them with respect no matter what they say or do--never respond in a provoking or unkind manner to them.  There's an old saying about how we may be sorry about many things, but we are never sorry if we are kind.  If they behave in an unChristian manner, rise above it and love them anyway out of love for your husband and goodness to your children for you want them to be able to navigate a world that is filled with all kinds of people.  Extended family provides many opportunities for life lessons.  smile

  19. seoknow profile image60
    seoknowposted 12 years ago

    Of course not. I hangout with them because I love their personality that doesn't change because my knowledge of them change. Especially if they are not trying to push their views on me. A are you really going to stop being friends with everyone that doesn't agree with you.

  20. profile image0
    Catzgendronposted 12 years ago

    Our God is an awesome God and loves everyone one of us, no matter who we are, no matter what we've done. We disappointment yet, his love never waivers. read more

  21. Catherine Kane profile image83
    Catherine Kaneposted 12 years ago

    As a Christian, I love my friends, regardless of their faith. It's following Jesus' example.

    Would I stop being friends w/ someone because I found out they were an atheist? I haven't so far, and probably wouldn't.

    For me, this question is a bit tricker than it first appeared. I have a number of friends that are atheists, and that has not had any significantly had any effect on the quality of our friendship.

    I do, however, have a couple of friends who belong to what seems to be a subset of atheism. From experience, there seems to be a small group of atheists who aren't content to just believe what they believe, but also find it appropriate / necessary  to sneer at people who don't believe the same thing that they do.



    These folks are my friends, but when they're rude to my faith, it feels disrespectful to me. I've talked to them about this, so its not like they don't know.

    Some of them backed off. Some didn't.

    And, if an atheist "friend" continued to be deliberately rude to my faith, when he knows that its hurtful, that could eventually end that friendship.

    The atheism would be a contributing factor, but not the cause. The cause would be disrespect...


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