Originally posted by Kangaruex4Ewe
I think this fits well here IMO....
I don't hate atheists at all. Nobody should. The only time I get offended is when an atheist insinuates that I am stupid, gullible, childish,
fantastical, etc. etc. for believing in God and Jesus. I don't do that to them and I always appreciate them not doing it to me.
There are folks on both sides that act like idiots about it though. It's almost like (again both sides) they just TRY to stir the pot and create
hey, I didn't know you were a Christian kangaroo.
I have to agree on this point... up to a point, at least. I understand that people aren't going to always agree with, or even be willing to
discuss, what I believe. That's okay. But it does make me grumpy when people suggest that I'm unintelligent because I believe in the Bible. Part
of that is my own pride, because I'd like to think that I'm pretty intelligent (although let's be honest, Patrick on spongebob is hilarious. Is
that off-topic? I don't know, but it seems relevant somehow), and part of that is because I'm very well read when it comes to the Bible, and the
history that it details. Ultimately in my life (up to this point) I've found that at every turn, the Bible is always vindicated. So often, so many
times, people have claimed that Scripture was wrong.
For example, "The historical figures mentioned in the early chapters of Luke's gospel didn't exist" used to be a common criticism; that is, until
archaeologists discovered evidence that proved Luke's gospel to be completely accurate. This is one very minor example; history and archaeology are
full of examples like this. The great thing is that Scripture even proves the CHURCH wrong. For hundreds of years, both "science" and the church
taught that the world was flat. Scripture, though, in its oldest book, records that "the earth hangs like an orb, suspended above nothing" (this is
around 3000BC); Isaiah also refers to "the sphere of the earth" (Isaiah 40).
I think many of the problems and issues that the church faces today aren't because they adhere to Scripture, but rather, because they've moved away
from it. If we look at a recent example from the US, where a black couple were denied the ability to get married in their own church, simply because
they were black...
is this justified?
Nowhere in Scripture is there any justification or basis for discrimination on race. Quite the opposite. Eve is described in Genesis as "the mother
of all living"; Psalm says that each of us is "knit together in our mother's womb... fearfully and wonderfully made" by the hand of God... and
If the church spent more time in God's Word, more time learning about Him, His character, and what He wants from us, ("He has shown you what is
good. What does the Lord require of you? Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." - "love the Lord your God with all your heart,
soul and mind, and love your neighbour as you love yourself."), the less questions like this would have to be asked.
A better question would be, "does God love atheists?".
The answer, as always, is an unequivocal "YES." - and as Jesus Himself said, "now go, and do likewise."