This is totally upside down. Most Christians don't hate atheists. They feel concern over their power, because most atheists hate Christians. Vastly more people have been killed by atheists for being Christian than vice-versa. They didn't call themselves "Reds" for no reason.

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I respect your ability to report accurately what you have experienced in your family, but I certainly stand by what I said about the big picture.

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all of the atheists that i have met have criticized christians whenever they get the chance and so to me, most atheists do hate christians..but i live in a small town...

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I am a proud Christian,I do not hate any race,religion,culture,sexuality or anything that discriminates.Peace....

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I've never knowingly met any Christians who are really as you claim to be. I've always found "Christianity" to be full of violence, hatred, and greed.

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They hate us because they can't fight back. They literally can't produce an argument that justifies what they believe and they're aware that they look like idiots because of it and no doubt they feel kinda stupid too.<br />
What can they do though? Watch "The Atheist Experience" on youtube; every now and then they have to issue and appeal, well more of a plea actually, for a theist who can actually argue coherently.<br />
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I can imagine that if you kinda know that your dearest held beliefs are totally irrational you kinda grow to hate the people who point that out. No-one wants to be reminded that they are basically insane.

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I don't believe that God doesn't exist. I believe that all arguments for the existence of God are flawed.

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Cosreal is quite correct.<br />
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The reason that most Christians will hypocritically express no hatred, yet exhibit it, towards atheists is no different to the reason they will express the same vitriol to other religions. To be outside Chistianity is to threaten it. <br />
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I demand a stronger god, untroubled by mere trifles. And that he sprinkles all people equally with their just desserts. A sweet deity, not some lumpen pudding of a failed idiot.

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I have never met anyone that hated someone because they didn't believe in God. Met people that didn't like someone for lots of reasons - that they happened to be/not be an atheist is just one of their qualities that they don't agree with.<br />
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I am a Christian that has had friends that are atheist, Buddist, Hindu - those that are into meditation, yoga as a lifestyle choice - you name it I more than likely have somewhere along the line been friends with.<br />
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Too many see their own personal experience as the 'tell all' of a situation when the overall is different. I know of athiests that would say the exact opposite and say that they actually enjoy the talk of God and such with their friends - they agree to disagree (and secretly get a KICK out of the debate).<br />
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Generalizations are just that - too general.

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I find it really interesting because many Christians seem to think atheists hate Christians, and many atheists seems to think Christians hate atheists. Just yesterday, there was a question about Atheists hating Christians, and now there's a question about Christians hating Atheists.<br />
If a Christian DOES hate an Atheist, for the record, then that person isn't much in alignment with the attitude a Christian should have.

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oh if it was that sammielovesrobert girl that was me.. like this account better though :)

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I have experienced a lot of hatred from atheists against Christians. I see it as the other way around mostly.

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Because of all the high-pitched, wild-eyed political rhetoric that's characterized our public discourse for the last 10+ years.

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Ouch, I would tend to agree with your reason. While I won't say that Christians hate Atheists, Christians are becoming more and more frustrated at the how the Atheists have come to use the court system to infringe upon the rights of Christians to practice their religions.

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I don't hate Atheist. I use to be one, but my parents didn't know it.

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I think people , who say that Christians that hate someone , and hate is a strong word . saying that person is not a true Christian , knows squat about Christianity .The Lutherans believe that all people are sinners , so i guess a true Christian can hate .I think a Christian has ever right to dislike a atheist if the person in particular puts down their faith .its common sense , i don't believe people regardless of beliefs or no beliefs should hate a mass amount of people, its equal to racism.<br />
How ever i would think logically if anyone hates more it would be the atheist .Why cause a lot have a big beef with Christianity and unless their going out of the way to talk stuff to Christians face, what real reason would Christian have to hate that person ?I believe the atheist has more fuel .I also realize Christians can hate atheists, weather for a reason or no valid reason.The bottom line cant really judge a person by their faith or lack there of , so i have come to the conclusion ,on what common reasoning for the hate or dislike . Having a bad experience deos nt give someone the right to hate a whole group of people , its arrogant on the Christian side and possibly narrow minded , depending on the motive of the Christians, reasoning.On the part of the athiest i believe it to be a holier than thou attitude , thinking the have the answer to everything in life , that their is no God ect. In my op ion<br />
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Most everything we study in this world has been tamper with by man ,science is man, not just religion.we cant prove or dis prove a supreme being period , us humans are just small specs in this universe or yet universe inside of a universe ,Knowledge goes on and on , understanding what makes everything tick, goes on and on .Both sides at times can have something in common , they think they know everything .Christian and atheists.YOU , aren't better than each er, grow up.<br />
I BELIEVE TO EACH YOUR OWN > from a mere human , Christian Lutheran.

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Rubital429: "The Lutherans believe that all people are sinners , so i guess a true Christian can hate"
Yes, Lutheran Christians believe that all people have sinned and are in need of a Savior (that Savior being Jesus Christ). However, believing that someone is a sinner doesn't mean you hate them. It means you believe they're JUST LIKE YOU, simply sinful! Hate the sin, not the sinner. Christians shouldn't be pointing out the specs in the eyes of others, when they have planks in their own (and, yes, ALL Christians have planks!).

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The Catholics believe this as well. If any among us were not a sinner, it would put us on an equal par with Christ. No human can claim that status.

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A person does not have Christ in their life if they hate someone.<br />
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Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.<br />
"You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? <br />
"So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.<br />
"A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.<br />
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.<br />
"So then, you will know them by their fruits.<br />
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.<br />
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"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'<br />
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"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'<br />
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"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.<br />
"And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.<br />
"Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.<br />
"The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."<br />
When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;<br />
for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.<br />
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MATTHEW 7 : 22 15 - 29

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believe me i've seen plenty of Christians who "hate" Atheists, very rarely have i come across a true CHRISTIAN.

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CrazyApples, I completely and totally agree with you. It is very difficult to find a true Christian. I think I can safely say that of all the people I have known in my life who claim to be Christian, four have lived up to the definition of what a Christian is,.

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Disagree. It's not hate but confused.

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There is a saying among Christians that says, "Love sinner, hate the sin." I'm not aware of any Christian who hates atheists. On the adverse, however, I am not of aware of many atheists who do not hate Christians -- or it may be more accurate to say that they hate Christianity. <br />
I like to look to Paul's letter to the Romans, (chapter 1:20-25), which reads:<br />
"20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.<br />
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21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.<br />
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24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen."<br />
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To me, this is very revealing, for it suggests that those who deny God's divinity either suffer the consequences of their denial, or they deny the divinity of God in order to do as they please, making themselves the final authority than the One who created them. In this, atheists put the creature (themselves) before the Creator (God), which is Idolatry, and in itself a sin. But if we look back to Verse 20, we see that Paul has stated that as God has made Himself known since the beginning by way of His creations, then those who deny Him have no excuse. In the end, I don't agree that Christians hate Atheists. Rather they feel concern and sorrow for them. On the other hand, while Atheists do tend to hate God, it is not Christians who are the enemy of Atheists, it is themselves who are.

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Christians in the main do not hate Athiests but they do love to hate and shunn gay people.

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I believe Christians don't hate atheists - they just don't like the fact that atheists don't let something the never see or hear control their lives, like they do.

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I do hate evil but not someone who simply stuggles with believing in God, one isn't necessarily the other.

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Why is it we have to generalize. I don't hate I may dislike someone but not because of there religon or none religon it is who they are as a person and what they do, people are people some try to be good and kind and some just don't give a crap.

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If they hate, then they are not really Christian. The most fundamental aspect of Jesus' teachings were: "love your enemies and be kind to those that hate you".

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