Atheists Can Be Good Too
I recently posted my response to my pastor’s sermons this past Sunday and in response to it, someone had problem with a small portion of it where I spoke of the angry, militant atheists saying that atheists can show human understanding and empathy and kindness.
I agree. I do.
Atheists are as able to love and show kindness as anyone else.
That said, I was trying to say that atheists who claim as Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens do that only atheists are the ones that think, question, and live in reality are wrong and intolerant. They say that just because believers believe that they don’t think or question. That’s wrong. I know I think and question—there is a reason why this site is called God wrestler. Many of the Christians I know also think and question.
Richard Dawkins told believers to shut up.
Christopher Hitchens: “Many teachings of Christianity are, as well as being incredible and mythical, immoral.”
Sam Harris: “It is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions”
So, let me say and I may be called hateful and intolerant for this, I know that and I guess that’s ok. It has to be said. Is the person who claims religious people should shut up, are immoral and insane then want those same people to be tolerant of their beliefs all that loving, kind, and understanding? Why are these atheists and others like them taking so much energy to shout down something they claim doesn’t exist?
I will concede atheists can be kind, loving, understanding and wonderful people. They can. Yet, in their books Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris are not. I will not back down from this. There words and writings prove my point. Do they represent all atheists? No. I am sure there are atheists and I have known a few myself that are kind, loving, understanding and wonderful people.
I have another point to make.
Not all people who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior are kind, loving, understanding and wonderful people. Many believers suck. Sorry. It’s the sad, sad truth that many of us who call ourselves Christian don’t live up to the ideal of God, yet that is why we need a savior. We will never be complete or perfect and it is through Jesus Christ who gives us strength that we can do the good we do, love the way we love, and be the people we are.
I challenge fellow Christians to work towards being more loving, compassionate and understating people.
I would also ask that atheists not jump to the wrong conclusions they do and assume that just because we believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior and that there is a loving, personal God that we don’t think or question.
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