In my opinion there's no such thing as a nice atheist. I used to be an atheist myself and when I was an atheist, I was a complete asshole. That changed dramtically when I converted. I am now an Evangelical Protestant Christian. Atheists have no motivation to be a good person since they have no God. The number one rule of dealing with an atheist is don't deal with them. Block them on everything and have no contact with them at all or as little as possible. If they sit next to you in school or something, demand that the teacher moves their seat away from you. If you have an atheist co-worker. Don't engage in non work related conversations with them. Atheists are some of the worst people on the planet morally.
To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him."
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.
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But you're supposed to love thy neighbor, and thou shalt not judge.
Anyway, I'm not gonna tell you how to be a Christian, even though you're not doin' it right. I mean, Christians say theirs is a religion of love and that's what sets them apart from all the other religions, but I don't ever see that demonstrated. And I grew up and currently live in the bible belt.
I was very religious growing up but I slowly drifted away from traditional beliefs. I held my own beliefs about god and jesus, but that's a much longer story. But by the time I was 16 I realized that I didn't believe in jesus at all! And I didn't believe in a traditional god in any way. I'm agnostic, though I label myself as atheist, usually. I won't bother explaining my beliefs to someone very close minded, and ignorant.
You personally may have been a (bigger) asshole when you were atheist, you may not have had inspiration to be a good person, but newsflash, we are not all like you. There are millions of atheists...
I don't need the threat of eternal hellfire to set me straight. I don't need commandments from an ancient text to tell me how to live. I don't need to be TOLD not to kill, steal, lie, cheat, etc etc to know that its wrong. I have a strong moral compass all on my own. If you need those things to be a good person, the tragic truth is that... you're not a good person at all.2
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Thee absence of belief in God does not equal an absence in morals. There are plenty of philosophies that deal with how to act and present oneself as a good human being. I don't need God to tell me not to kill. I already know to deny somebody their autonomy is wrong. It seems to me you argue the only thing keeping you from doing wrong is that you'll be punished by God. And that's a terrifying line of thinking. For me, what's keeping me from doing wrong is the idea that I should treat others the way I want to be treated. With respect and kindness. There's plenty of motivation to be a good person without God.
It's so warped how people twist Bible verses so they can find reasons to hate. It's harder to find ways to connect with people who have different viewpoints, but boy does it make a difference if we want to make the world a better place. You've closed yourself off to any new ideas. You use religion as a reason to attack and hate. I'll take an atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, or anyone else over you any day bud. Block me, please.2