On Kind Atheists and Hateful Christians

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A friend sent me this picture on Facebook. She shared it from Being Liberal’s Facebook page, but I don’t know the original source. The following is a copy of my response to her.

Abby, this slogan is wrong on so many levels I hardly know where to begin.

  • “God prefers” – God has no “preferences” when it comes to people. He loves everybody, equally:

    16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

    True, He is able to have a more intimate relationship with some people than with others. But this is due to our preferences, not His.

  • “Kind” – we can’t approach Holiness by being “kind”:

    6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

    Think about it: if “being good” could get us God’s approval, how good would we have to be? 90%? 75%? Maybe 51/49? Do good deeds with bad motives count? How about bad deeds with good motives?

    If our relationship with God is based upon our “being good” then a) you’ll never know if you’re saved or not, b) Christ died for nothing, and c) Christianity is just like any other religion

  • “Atheist” – God loves us all, but how can He develop a relationship with someone who refuses to even acknowledge His existence? He wants to, He would love to, He’s reaching out to them, but they have shut Him out.
  • “Hateful Christians”” – Christians are commanded to love:

    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
    37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-39)

    So if someone calling themselves a Christian is hateful, then either a) they’re not really Christians, and are just as alienated from God as all those atheists they’re busy hating; or b) they’re being disobedient, in which case they can look forward to God’s disciplining hand (Hebrews 12:5-6). Having been on the receiving end of God’s discipline myself, I can tell you that it is Not Fun.

Sorry for the rant, I know this pastor meant well. But Christianity is about relationship above all, and this sign undercuts that.

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5 Responses to On Kind Atheists and Hateful Christians

  1. Patrick says:

    Great post. Don’t you think though that when God “punishes”
    us that it is for our own personal growth so that we may love perfectly
    as He does?

  2. Mario says:

    This drivel is one of the numerous reasons I proudly turned my back on Christianity.

  3. antoine says:

    you talk like a teacher but still you make elementary mistake, you use an idea (god) and makes it make some actions, and an idea cannot walk, cannot say, cannot love,
    in fact, you were told “God… + verb” since you were a very little kid, so you find it normal
    but actually this is as nonsense as saying “insert idea here or any given created god, aka allah, god, god1, god2,” “walks, love, say”

    so next time you try to give a lesson to someone, first check if your grammar is working because here you put verb to something which cannot do verbs, (an idea)

  4. Alessandro says:

    I think you have replied to an already passed person… I found this blog looking for some explanation about an OsX software, and I went on reading his posts. You, Antoine, didn’t. You were only focused on yourself to be aware of that.

    • Alessandro says:

      Fortunately, I found a recent message of yours, Putterer. So, excuse me for having thought the worse. I wish you to win over your problem!

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