If you had the opportunity to talk to an atheist, what would you say to them? Most Christians view atheists as the enemy of david hoffmeister but the reality is, something entirely different. Atheists simply don’t believe in God and Christians have been trying to convert them for years. This process of constant harassment has been irritating atheists for years and this is the actual problem between Christians and atheists.
If you’re a Christian, I have some advice for you. Quit approaching people that you want to learn about with a superior view that you’re right and everyone else is wrong. You can’t keep going on like this. If you would like to learn more from a Buddhist, you don’t start by telling them how funny they look.
Approach and atheists like you would a Christian but leave out the religious mumbo-jumbo. There’s no need to pray or to thank God for everything around them. This can make them feel uncomfortable or even combative. Treat them with kindness and compassion and you might learn something.
Now what about the atheists. I don’t know very many atheists, and I am neither an atheist nor Christian. My only contact with atheists are on the Internet and it’s easy to see why Christians don’t want to have anything to do with them.
One simple word of advice to an atheist when approaching a Christian, don’t make any jokes about Jesus, don’t make them feel inferior or uneducated, simply because you live your life, using facts and scientific evidence to back up your beliefs.
Atheists seem to have the tougher questions and most Christians answer them with the rhetoric. Let me give you an example, and atheists asks a Christian if the Bible is real and the Christian replies by holding a Bible up and saying here it is, look at it, hold it in your hands it and you will see that it is real. Then the atheist will proceed with another question, correcting his first one. What I mean, “Was the Bible written by man or God?” Then the Christian can respond accordingly.
If both parties or one party is going to be combative, the conversation will be useless. However, if you’re interested in actually learning about the other’s beliefs, you’re going to need to be sincere and compassionate.
I have learned a lot from Christians and atheists and will continue to listen to them, even though I don’t think I will ever be a Christian or an atheist. If you really want to solve your problems or differences, you’re going to need to start by getting along and getting along will require a compassionate view towards the other’s beliefs.
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