Do Christians get offended when someone tells them they are Atheists

United States
March 10, 2010 3:03pm CST
Someone asked me why Christians get offended when someone tells them they are Atheists, the problem with that is that I dont know any Christians who get offended however, I may be biased and not see it the way an Atheist would, what has been your experience if you are an Atheist.
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@mesuaky (397)
• Singapore
10 Mar 10
Please tell that someone that he or she needs to look into a dictionary before telling a Christian that they are an Atheist because those two word as so contradicting that logically a Christian like myself would really get offended. Being a Christian is believing that their is a God and Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Where as an Atheist means "without gods" or do not believe in Go or any god for that matter. It is the 2 total opposite meaning. So it is like if you look pretty but the person called you ugly.
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@mesuaky (397)
• Singapore
10 Mar 10
oh... sorry i misunderstood... well as a Christian, i won't be offended if someone claims that they are an atheist but i will be sad for them. its a sad thing that someone do not believe in God.
• United States
11 Mar 10
Thanks for clearing that up Lamb, I appreciate it and thanks for your response mesuaky.
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@Rollo1 (16642)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Mar 10
There is a huge difference in the way people act in the real world and the way they act when they go online, especially in an environment where they have a level of anonymity because of screen names, etc. Both the atheist and the Christian may speak more boldly, and more rudely to one another. As another responder pointed out, the offense usually comes when one is telling the other that they are foolish or stupid to believe or not believe, as the case may be. Both atheists and Christians can be guilty of this at times. The biggest difference? Christians have no right to offense. Jesus took all offense upon Himself. He was scourged, ridiculed, His beard plucked out, He hung naked on the cross and was called names and mocked by all. He became offense for us. If we are operating in His name, we must resist the temptation to take offense, no matter what another person says or does. There is no insult that can be thrown at us that is greater than the insults He suffered. When someone tells a Christian that he is an atheist, it is an opportunity to show them the value of faith - through actions and reactions. Offense is not an option when one represents Christ.
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@mjcookie (2273)
• Philippines
11 Mar 10
"There is no insult that can be thrown at us that is greater than the insults He suffered." I love that line.
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@AmbiePam (56666)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I've never been offended when someone tells me that are atheist or an agnostic. It doesn't offend me at all.
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• United States
11 Mar 10
Thank you for your comments.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
11 Mar 10
I have long time friends from many different backgrounds and who have many different beliefs. I don't require them to believe as I do and accept them for the people they are. I have been friends with a couple who are atheists for over 20 years. I also have friends who belong to just about every other religion, including Wicca. It never makes me angry if someone does not believe as I do. As long as they are honest and kind...that's all that matters to me.
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@mjcookie (2273)
• Philippines
11 Mar 10
It doesn't offend me, but to be honest, it makes me sad. I have a friend who's starting to lose her faith because of her personal problems. She's starting to doubt God. It doesn't insult me, but it makes me sad that GOD is the one being insulted.
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@Hatley (164171)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Mar 10
hi pastorkayte I am a christian of sorts and i just go with my own beliefs and allow others theres, I do not get offended at anyones'belifef here as all are very personal and belong only to the owner. a good christian i would think would not be judging.
@Hatley (164171)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Mar 10
typo alert I do know how beliefs is spelled but my fingers did not seem to.
• United States
11 Mar 10
I agree absolutely!