I am a Christian and I say this with all sincerity, “I love atheists”. I love that they question everything. I love that they are (usually) willing to research a topic in order to find the answer. I love that they don’t go in for brain-washing, and don’t like to be told what to do (or they’ll go to hell) by another human being.
They can be stubborn (what human isn’t?), but they are often more open and honest than most Christians I know (sad but true). I have a lot in common with atheists.
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord…keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-14; 16-17
I feel extremely sad and disgusted when I see comments posted about atheists (or any non-Christian for that matter), allegedly by other Christians, which seem to sneer, snarl, or even revel in their ultimate demise.
Those comments are evil, not Christian. Christians need to remember the fruits of Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) and if you can’t say something nice…(don’t say anything at all).
When atheists can be more tactful than Christians, they seem to prove their point that there is no God. Why do Christians get so upset anyway? What do we have to prove? We believe the Bible is self-revelatory, and more than half the Bible relates the many ways in which God (on His own, with no help from people) proved His existence and power to nations outside of Israel.
You Got to Know When To Hold’Em… (~Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler”)
The Bible warns us that not all will believe, but we are certainly not to persecute or ridicule them for their unbelief. At some point, every Christian was an unbeliever too. Besides, the Bible says we win in the end, so why get so bent out of shape over ignorant comments?
Rather, Christians should seek to gently, humbly, and patiently teach truth about the Bible (which means we need to know it ourselves), and leave comments reflecting a kind, respectful, and loving witness of truth.
“…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15)
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Tim. 4:2)
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Tim. 2:22-26)
And for any atheist who may happen to be reading this, I apologize for the rude behavior of others. Please know the Bible does not advocate such an approach, and those who continually disobey the Bible…well, I would call into question their alleged Christianity.