I have, upon occasion, visited Blogs written by Atheists. When I take the time to leave a (respectful) comment I am always blasted by other commenters. And they don’t approach me with the slightest bit of civility either. Name calling seems to be one of the most used forms of communicating.
I won’t try to get into all the “whys” that Atheists are so mean to people of faith. Except that one of the most common themes seem to revolve around the “Look at how religion has played such a role in violence over the centuries.” I must agree that they do have a very valid point with that argument. But then again you don’t have to believe in any religious god to have a violent following.
It has been my personal observation that there are “haters” on both sides of this issue. Like any disagreement each party can become very hateful, vindictive and down right cruel. I will say that the Atheists have a valid argument when they say that religion’s role in violence over the centuries has been abhorrent. However, they (the Atheists) are confusing the humans who claim to be followers of their religion’s diety with the founder/diety of that very same religion.
Mankind, for the most part, has been selfish since Adam and Eve. Of course that was not the Creator’s intent. However, He gave Adam and Eve the ability to choose and they each chose self over loving obedience. The rest as they say is history.
I’m getting a bit off track here. The purpose of this Blog post is not to proselytize but to try to determine why it is that Atheists must resort to such crude, hateful and denigrating forms of communicating to people of faith.
Surely no one can expect to “convert” a person by berating them. It matters not what the subject matter is (politics, religion, alternative life styles) I think it is better to communicate in a polite and respectful manner if you want the other person to try to see the point you are making.
I have some childhood friends who (as children under their parents’ supervision) were full participants in their local churches. Now, as adults, they could not be further from those beliefs and practices. I must say that, for the most part, they have been pretty-much respectful of my faith… for the most part. Of course they tend to throw little jabs by trying to get them in through the back door, so to speak. I notice them and ignore them. But it makes my heart ache (proverbially speaking of course). I wonder how it is that an individual can get from “here to there”. I do know that the One True God had nothing to do with them taking that journey.
I suspect that people develope deep-seeded negative views toward God based on how they have been treated. SOMEONE had to betray or even abuse them to chase them from their former beliefs.
I think it can be much like a dog that becomes so vicious that the only choice is to quarantine it or too put it down. And NO I am not saying that Atheists should be quaranteened or put down! That vicious dog was someone’s little puppy one day. Full of love and promise. Everyone loves a fluffy little puppy. But because the puppy isn’t properly cared for as it is growing up it developes some bad habits. Rather than spend the time to lovingly show this puppy better ways to correct its unwanted behavior it is neglected or even worse abused. The more neglect and abuse the puppy receives the more ardent it becomes in its beliefe that whenever “those people” come around its bad news. And after a while the puppy has grown into a dog that knows (based on repeated abusive treatment) that when “those people” come around they are going to make life miserable.
I think there is a significant number of us who claim to be Christian who will have some answering to do about the way we interacted with or fellow created beings when we find ourself at the Bema Seat.
God help us all.