Is it Christian to show disdain and hatred toward those of other religious beliefs & races?
Sometimes it is confusing when someone professes to be a Christian and then they are so filled with hatred toward those whose viewpoint they do not share. Likewise it is unsettling to sit among those who say they are Christians but they have blatant disregard for those of other races.
Before this can be answered there needs to be a definition of "hated" and "differing view points".
This morning the rabi I listen to on the radio specifically mentioned the name of someone who, in my view, has done very bad things. He spoke of this person as an example and did not mention the group he was affiliated with. He later mentioned he had done so to allow the argument too stand on facts and not on the biased view of what this man's affiliation .
Very little debate takes place without bias.
Therefore it isn't truly debate.
Our family has been the recipient of hate speech. The person who wrote the fowl notice ended it with," I hate you haters, I hope you all die". The unidentified person who left this note also undid safety features on our commute vehicle. One sudden stop could have resulted in serious injury, and in rush hour traffic death.
Please define hate.
As a Christian, I am taught that I must learn from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Additionally, I am taught to love everyone that represents the good.
What some call it disdain and hatred, the Christian calls it avoiding evil.
Evil exists within all religions and races.
It is not the viewpoint but the evil behind some discussion that breeds blatant disregard for those of other religions or races.
2 Corinthians 12:19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.
I think if more people asked themselves "What would Jesus do in this situation?" before acting and speaking, the world would be a better place and there would be a lot less "hatred and disdain for others". We are all human and all created in the image of God. We do not have to love the actions and behaviors of others, but we should love the person, no matter who they are. Leave the judgement to God.
Christians worship the God of Moses, as do Jews, as do Muslims. The same God despite their differences and over the years, each has slaughtered the other with little sign of it ever ending, no wonder this God is called the God of war. Exodus 15:3 "God is a manly god of war." Of course the wording varies in different bibles but the gist is the same. Which is why I'm not a Christian, Muslim or Jew or fan of any religion.
Everyone has to have their own take on things, Radical.
Our lives are filled with many challenges and we must decide what works for our life. God loves all of us..not just those who say they are 'of some religion."
Angels are on the way to you.
NO! While we may not agree or even like their religious beliefs, we are to love the people. "Love your neighbor as yourself." So who is our neighbor? They are not only the people who live right next door, but also those down the street, in surrounding states, and in other countries. If we don't like their religion, we can disagree with them in a kindly manner but we should love the person who practices another religion.
And again NO! In fact even a bigger NO! No matter what race a person is they are human beings the same as us. As the saying goes, we all bleed the same color. No one race is better than any other so everyone should be treated as equals -- equally human. And as mentioned above, they are all our neighbors and God's law tells us we must love our neighbors as ourselves.
In my opinion, anyone who hates another person because of race, religion, or anything else that makes that person different does so because they can't even love themselves.
I'm with tirelesstraveler on this, I need you to define "hate".
I've been called "hateful" because I don't support gay marriage. I've been called "hateful" simply because I tend to be conservative-minded. I've been called "hateful" for no other reason than my being a Christian. Most of the people who've called me "hateful" know little to nothing about me...except that I think and believe differently than they do.
Do any of these definitions of "hateful" line up with Merriam-Webster? Heck no. The definitions of "hate" and "hateful" have been so muddled in our culture of pluralism and moral relativism--it's unbelievable!
As a Christian, I don't have to agree with every other viewpoint. I don't have to support what others support or endorse their actions. I am called to love them though. But no part of loving someone requires that I agree with everything they do.
As for racism and racial prejudice, that's just flat-out wrong. Jesus came, died, and rose again that ALL people may be reconciled to God. We are all part of God's beautiful creation, and it's utterly disgusting that some people can view others as "lesser" on account of their race.
I would also agree that showing legitimate, Merriam-Webster-defined hatred toward others because of differing beliefs or views is also wrong. Legitimate, Merriam-Webster-defined hatred itself is just wrong. Period. Jesus made this very clear. As Christians, we aren't called to agree with people, but we are called to love them.
But again, I don't exactly know where you're coming from because I'm not sure how you're defining "hate". Disagreement isn't hate. Nonsupport or diapproval of others' actions isn't hate. Hate is hate.
Interesting question, thanks for asking!
I agree that you do not have to 'support or endorse their actions' but I think as a Christian we are asked to be respectful of the beliefs and ideas of others. There are exceptions to that rule (I do not have room to go into all of it here ) ..
Many profess to be Christian, they attend services regularly and easily quote Biblical verses, but they've missed the point and have not adopted Christ as a role model. Christ was not tolerant of the hypocrisy, abuse of authority or status-seeking behaviors of the Pharisees and Saducees, and He brought that transparent arrogance to their attention, but hatred or racial intolerance was not a part of His nature. I would consider that behavior inconsistent. Briefly, function with discernment among these "Christians". There's little you can do to modify their behavior except to model better behavior or, when they express themselves hatefully, to step away without taking part in it. Sooner or later, you'll be asked for your opinion and you can explain, without being condescendingly "holier than thou" that you feel differently than they because that's not how you interpret the teaching and example of Christ.
Christianity is a life lived in Christ. It is an exemplary life and not a theoretical one. It speaks of a Kingdon and gives us laws to follow in order to get to this Paradise. The heart of the Christian law is Love,mercy, compassion and the spirit of forgiveness. The New Testament, and particularly the beatitudes, as well as Psalms plus ... is full of these inspirations.
Christ asks us to feed His sheep, and to commit sacrifices for our fellow man such as in the parable of the good Samaritan. Paul, the Apostle, also asks us to be imitators of Christ. Our Lord wants us to be perfect like the Father in Heaven is perfect. Where then is the need for hatred or disdain?
Wrong forces (sin) are simply obstacles or impediments standing in the way of Truth, and will affect our capacity to receive God's Light. Our Christianity is full of Saints. Have you heard of them being associated with hatred or disdain. These negative friends of ours are very unlike Christ.
My final take is that these things will come. In the spiritual life we cannot jump from A to Z. Cultivate the spirit of acceptance, and with a sincere and contrite heart, pray to the heavenly Father, asking for the necessary strength to conquer these darker forces, (if it is His will).
Too many do not know or do not care about what being Christian means. You have stated it so well.
And we all need to remember that He walks with all of us not just those who profess to be Christians. WEll said...great answer
I remember being a Christian, when it came to other religions, the motto I was taught was love the sinner, hate the sin.
I think some Christians go about this better than others-- it ranges from those who are at least tactful to the truly offensive.
As someone of a different religion now, I would say that any time you put down someone else's religion, or dismiss their spiritual experiences as less significant than your own, no matter how gently you do it, it comes off as arrogant, rude and short sighted.
This turns more people off to Christianity and Christian.
When it comes to races, religion should be no excuse for prejudice.
As Christians we are asked to love God, to love our neighbors, and to love ourselves. The apostle Paul shows us some of the qualities of love, such as patience, kindness and forgiveness, along with the absence of pride, arrogance and envy. These are qualities which we are also capable of, and I see no room for disdain and hatred when we live in these ways.
Yes. The bible says unbelievers and homosexuals should die. Romans 1:24-32. People who follow a different god should be attacked and killed.Deuteronomy 13:13-19 Unbelievers will be burned in the lake of fire - Revelation 21:8. Both the old and new testament speak out against infidels (those of other religious beliefs). Racism is rampant in the NT and never a word spoken against it. Mark 7:24-25, Matthew 15:23-27.
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