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Atheists, please don't hate us!

13 March 2012, 11:34
After the recent spate of anti-religious material posted on News24, one question kept coming up in my mind:

"Atheists, why do you hate us?"

Firstly, I'm speaking on a purely Christian viewpoint here.  There are similar religions and some of what I am about to say may or may not apply to some of those religions.  Secondly, this is not another debate about creation vs evolution as we all know it's been debated to death and will never be resolved.

Most Christians, including myself, live according to a set of rules.  This set of rules is called "The Ten Commandments".  These commandments include:

"1.  Honour your father and mother;
2.  You shall not murder;
3.  You shall not commit adultery;
4.  You shall not steal;
5.  You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour;
6.  You shall not covert your neighbour's house, wife and assets"

Now atheists, ask yourselves, is this a bad thing?  I'm really struggling to find a reason why we wouldn't want more of these people around...  And yes, I know that some of you will say "but Christians break these rules all the time!"

Yes Christians break the rules (sin) but I can assure you that they are trying a damn lot harder not to break the rules than the average Atheist because for Christians, there is the Almighty, and there is Hell.  Atheists have no Almight to hold them accountable and there is not eternal damnation.  There is no reason for atheists not to murder, rape and steal other than because the government says so, which is very scary since we are living in a crime ridden country where literally only 10% of violent criminals are caught and convicted.  What is then stopping an Atheist from committing these acts?

So let's assume you thought about what I've just said and you agreed that I had a point.  I will then concede that some Christians take it too far.   I know you get these people called "Bible bashers" that irritate the hell out of some people (excuse the pun) but look at it from another perspective.  Why is this guy or girl throwing religion in your face, it's because they want you to go to heaven and not burn in hell for all eternity.  Even if you don't believe him/her, once again I ask you, is this such a bad thing that this person whats to save you?

Irrespective of whether or not Creation is wrong or right, why would you not want to have people like us around unless you don't believe in the same values or don't wish to abide by the same laws as us?  I feel that in general, Christians have nothing against Atheists as long as the Atheist acts like a good Christian would, which is ironic because many Athiests live by the rules and values prescribed by God.

Atheists, please don't hate us, please don't call us stupid or delusional, please don't mock us for we are good people.

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