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Are christians generally nicer people?
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I had a conversation with someone and she believed that her Christian friend was extremely kind, polite and helpful because it came from being Christan. She said that Christians are generally nicer people....or most of them are, like if someone were being very helpful to you, you can guess that they are most likely christian. I once thought the same thing but that was when I was in elementary school when I thought all of Jesus follows were all good and practically angels

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I'm personally a strong believer in religion and although I'm not Christian, I have many friends coming from different backgrounds and religions, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. I have certainly noticed that the closer a person is to his or her religion, the nicer he or she generally is, and it makes sense: you are less likely to engage in harmful activities, since you respect the word of God, which in itself may mean many things to many people, but in principle I mean avoiding the act of sinning. In addition, I have noticed that some of my friends who have very strong faith generally smile a lot as well. I'm sure it can be associated to the feeling of security that one gains by believing in God, but this can vary a lot from person to person.

So my final answer is that it depends on the person, and it has nothing to do with Christianity per se. I know many atheists who are very nice, too. In general I think religion can have great influence on a person, but how it affects the personality of a person is pretty much individual. But as I said above, I have noticed that people with a greater faith in God tend to be nicer as well, whether they are Christian, Muslim, or Jewish.

Edit: I'd like to add that in some religions it is actually part of the religion itself to be nice to other people. Mormonism is one good example. I have met Mormons only two or three times in my life, but every time I have talked to Mormons they were very nice to me and offered to help me with anything that I might have needed help with, such as moving to a different city or mowing the lawn; I'm serious about this. However, it is also typical for Mormons to spread the word about their religion, and sometimes they can be very pushy at it, which I personally think is outright rude. In a perfect world, we wouldn't even consider topics like these, and everyone would be free to believe whatever they want, without being discriminated in any community or associated with any specific traits. E.g. if you say that Christians are nice, then what does that make Muslims, Jews, or even atheists?
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Interesting question. If we're speaking about everyday Christians (or anybody who is close to their religion, actually) I'd say yes. From personal experience. But there are some who are real jerks, and use their religion and/or religious beliefs as the excuse for it. That said, I would argue that any Christian who is truly close to what the faith is meant to embody should be a nice person. If they're a 'Christian' and don't behave politely towards others, they're not really being much of a Christian at all.
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Personality is based on a person's mental state.
Not their religion.
Though religion can be an influence.
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Happencheese wrote:

Interesting question. If we're speaking about everyday Christians (or anybody who is close to their religion, actually) I'd say yes. From personal experience. But there are some who are real jerks, and use their religion and/or religious beliefs as the excuse for it. That said, I would argue that any Christian who is truly close to what the faith is meant to embody should be a nice person. If they're a 'Christian' and don't behave politely towards others, they're not really being much of a Christian at all.


I don't know the word for it in English, but in Finland if you call yourself a Christian and belong to a church without actually believing in the religion, you are what is known as "tapakristitty". This is in contrast to the Finnish word for Christian, which is simply "kristitty", and literally means "Christian by habit". This is to say that your parents may have been Christian (as an example) and you were born Christian, but you personally are not Christian and you don't deny it either. It is estimated that the majority of Christians in Finland are in fact tapakristitty, and I wouldn't be surprised if the situation was similar in other countries as well.
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I don't know the word for it in English, but in Finland if you call yourself a Christian and belong to a church without actually believing in the religion, you are what is known as "tapakristitty". This is in contrast to the Finnish word for Christian, which is simply "kristitty", and literally means "Christian by habit". This is to say that your parents may have been Christian (as an example) and you were born Christian, but you personally are not Christian and you don't deny it either. It is estimated that the majority of Christians in Finland are in fact tapakristitty, and I wouldn't be surprised if the situation was similar in other countries as well.


I know the sort you mean I've heard of them sometimes called "Sunday Christians", because they only go to church or behave like a Christian on a Sunday.
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You should come to Finland, then. Not even on a Sunday does the sort I'm talking about behave like a Christian. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised either if the same people get drunk on a Sunday. :(

It's a shame, and I'm saying this even though I'm not a Christian. I personally value traditions and history a lot, and all religions have significant traditions and history. Needless to say, the religion I'm part of also has to deal with people like this.
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You should come to Finland, then. Not even on a Sunday does the sort I'm talking about behave like a Christian. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised either if the same people get drunk on a Sunday. :(

It's a shame, and I'm saying this even though I'm not a Christian. I personally value traditions and history a lot, and all religions have significant traditions and history. Needless to say, the religion I'm part of also has to deal with people like this.


Ah, wow. I know some like that, too (who don't go to church at all, or only on Christmas/Easter). I think it's sad too, for the same reasons as you. What religion are you part of, if you don't mind my asking?
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c4nnibalism wrote:

Personality is based on a person's mental state.
Not their religion.
Though religion can be an influence.



there is no other answer beside this



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moratorium wrote:


c4nnibalism wrote:

Personality is based on a person's mental state.
Not their religion.
Though religion can be an influence.



there is no other answer beside this



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nope! im christian and i wouldnt describe myself as nice
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isweetchan wrote:


moratorium wrote:


c4nnibalism wrote:

Personality is based on a person's mental state.
Not their religion.
Though religion can be an influence.



there is no other answer beside this



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nope! im christian and i wouldnt describe myself as nice


That's what they're saying, personality isn't based on religion.
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Happencheese wrote:
Ah, wow. I know some like that, too (who don't go to church at all, or only on Christmas/Easter). I think it's sad too, for the same reasons as you. What religion are you part of, if you don't mind my asking?


I prefer not to say.
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SDeeDee wrote:


isweetchan wrote:


moratorium wrote:


c4nnibalism wrote:

Personality is based on a person's mental state.
Not their religion.
Though religion can be an influence.



there is no other answer beside this



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nope! im christian and i wouldnt describe myself as nice


That's what they're saying, personality isn't based on religion.


if you misunderstood just in case... i said "nope!" to the question
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Nicer? No, I really don't agree at all. For one, it definitely cannot be a reliable assumption when reminded that there are criminals that have had a Christian upbringing. Neither influencing the other in most cases.

Extremities aside, in daily life behaviors ... I still think no, there isn't a correlation. The occasions that I've gone out of my way to help someone with something that anyone is well capable of doing, I've been displeased to see no one else even hinted at the intent to help. I'm pretty sure it is a Christian line, "Love your neighbor as yourself", but I see few actually keeping that at heart, maintaining a mentality that a stranger you don't know should be observed with suspicion instead of viewing them in a positive light.

Every Christian around me that I know is ordinary. It is ordinary to treat a stranger with a suspicion.
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Nicer? No, I really don't agree at all. For one, it definitely cannot be a reliable assumption when reminded that there are criminals that have had a Christian upbringing. Neither influencing the other in most cases.

Extremities aside, in daily life behaviors ... I still think no, there isn't a correlation. The occasions that I've gone out of my way to help someone with something that anyone is well capable of doing, I've been displeased to see no one else even hinted at the intent to help. I'm pretty sure it is a Christian line, "Love your neighbor as yourself", but I see few actually keeping that at heart, maintaining a mentality that a stranger you don't know should be observed with suspicion instead of viewing them in a positive light.

Every Christian around me that I know is ordinary. It is ordinary to treat a stranger with a suspicion.


Pretty much what you said. To quote myself (first reply to this thread):

"So my final answer is that it depends on the person, and it has nothing to do with Christianity per se. I know many atheists who are very nice, too. In general I think religion can have great influence on a person, but how it affects the personality of a person is pretty much individual. But as I said above, I have noticed that people with a greater faith in God tend to be nicer as well, whether they are Christian, Muslim, or Jewish."
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