Five Things Secularists and Non-Believers Should Appreciate About Christianity

1. Christians don’t have to riot when someone blasphemes, insults or makes fun of Jesus Christ.
2. Christians are required to do good to all people, not just to those who call themselves Christians.
3. Christians are required to tell the truth to everyone, not just to fellow Christians.
4. Christians believe people have the right to go to hell and it isn’t our job to help them get to hell faster by killing them.
5. Christians don’t demand that their church’s steeple be the highest point in the city.

  1. Just for a bit of contrasting thought…

    5 things I would like to share about my Muslim driver:

    1. He does not belive it is right to riot about anything, although by nature he is hot tempered like a lot of the Arab men. Comments against Allah and Mohammed deeply offend and upset him, he has a deep reverence for his god and respect for the leaders of his faith.
    2. He lives and works amongst Christians and secularists whom he is kind and respectful to. Doing good is one of the important facets of his faith.
    3. “Lying” does not have the same meaning to him, and he will often “bend the truth” in order not to offend or upset someone (very frustrating but also well meaning!). He hears a lot of “lies” as a result of media control and mis-reporting.
    4. He has never killed anyone, or condoned the killing of anyone. Hell for him is also an inividual choice, although I am sure he would like to make sure as many people as possible don’t end up there (just like myself!).
    5. He lives in a city where an astonishing number of buildings are higher than the minarets.

    5 things to note about my atheist Father in Law:
    1. He never riots, or is offended by any comments about his lack of religion.
    2. He considers doing good to people as his moral and social responsibility.
    3. Lying is not acceptable to him.
    4. He believes people have the right to choose faith or not and would never condone killing for any reason.
    5. His house is a bungalow!

  2. Thanks for your comment. I guess I am a little at a loss as to how what you said debunks what I said. I just listed a series of things that secularists and non-believers should be grateful for about Christians.

    As far as your muslim driver and athiest father, I am grateful whenever people live closer to what Christ wants us to whether they acknowledge Christ or not. In Christianity, we call this common grace. The real question for anyone or any faith is how they would act towards non-believers when they hold all the political cards. Given the treatment of Christians in Muslim and Athiestic nations (former Soviet Union and Modern day China), I am grateful to Christ to live in a culture that still has enough memory of Christian truth left to know what it means to “love your enemies”.

  3. Did not intend to de-bunk anything, I agree with everything you said! I just wanted to point out that whatever faith (or non faith ) someone is, they are still individuals. I think this point is sometimes lost on Christian commentators when they talk of non-Christians and particularly at the moment, Muslims.

    Frankly the behaviour of some so called Christians has me running for cover – I am thinking of someone who uses Scripture to justify killing a doctor who performs abortions, or groups who can describe their racist tendencies using the Bible.

    I also agree that it is not easy to live under non-Christian governments (I could give you many examples of injustices I see everyday), but I don’t think your initial comments addressed this.

  4. But whether they are individuals or not the fact remains that individuals do create groups which impose values and rules on others. As for your so called Christians. Just because someone calls himself a Christian doesn’t mean he is one. The same holds true for Muslims and athiests etc. There are plenty of people who will twist the gospel of Christ for their own ends. However, these individuals really are rather few in number and have to work very hard at doing so. I am not convinced that other belief systems have to work so hard at doing things that are fundamentally opposed to the principles of common grace, let alone Christianity.

    For example, with Islam, a quick visit to http://www.jihadwatch.org will provide plenty of examples where Muslims have to decide how they will interprete and apply the teachings about war and the treatment of non-believers found in the Koran. I don’t doubt that there are quacks and distorters in every religion. But when tens of thousands participate in a particular action and millions more tacitly honor those actions, and the religious leaders don’t forthrightly show how those questionable actions and beliefs are wrong according to tenents of their religion, one has to wonder whose teaching is correct.

    As for your comment about non-Christian governments, I am not aware of any Christian government. They are all non-Christian. But feel free to correct me. Thankfully, I don’t need a Christian Government, because Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. Christians should influence Government and its policies for the public good. But unlike other faiths and non-faiths, we don’t have to have power.

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