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Are christians generally nicer people?
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Christianity has over 38,000 branches. There beliefs and behaviour differ.

Roman Catholics are by far the nicest. Places like The Republic of Ireland, Austria, Italy and spain have high amounts of catholics and are known for being peaceful and friendly(The Republic of Ireland being voted the most peaceful country in the world 2011).

Jehova witness' and some branches of Protestantism are considered less friendly.

To answer your question. Yes. Christians are nicer people. We follow Jesus Christ's Example.

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Yes as long as your not constantly knocking on my door I consider everyone to be friendly~
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It depends. I've met muslims who've shared a beer with me while laughing with me.
**** religion. Live, love and share life with everyone ^^
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

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

Discuss: Christians being nicer people.


Questions like this, I think get off on the wrong foot. Because if one says "Christians are not nice people" then it makes it sound
like Christians and by extent Christianity is mean spirited. On the other hand if one says "Christians are nice people" then it
will sound arrogant and ironically also end up being mean spirited.

The thing you have to understand about Christians is that...well we're just people.
Even if there are some who use the Christian label and consider themselves
God's gift to the world, doesn't mean there actually are.

Trust me, there are Atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and whatnot who are all much nicer than many Christians.

And at the same time there are many Christians who are much nicer than Atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and whatnot.

Christians like any one else are simply people.

Asking what kind of people Christians are completely misses the point of Christianity.
Because it's not about who Christians are. It's about who Christ is.


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We're all nice people, aren't we? the thing is, some of us tend to go psycho far more easily than others...
I believe anything that encourages humans to search/do good is a nice anyway.
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From personal experience I say no. I've lived as a Christian and I've lived as other religions, I've also lived with no religion as an agnostic. This is what I have observed, while I've experienced kindness from Christian people, I feel that you can expect warmth and politeness so long as they are under the impression that you share similar beliefs. Sometimes I have been a recipient of that respect because they might take for granted that I am Christian, because I think that is generally taken for granted-- most people, even those who live in a way that seems to go against their scriptures say that they believe in a God and an afterlife. At least a poll by the Museum of Lost Wonder said it was 81% (I believe nationally, probably not internationally.) I have many Christian friends and family members, but there's a not a single of them that would make me feel invited to talk about religion, I tend to avoid the subject, and change it very quickly, if you have a very different opinion I would expect nothing less than a long uncomfortable pause and stare.

These are with people who know me and wouldn't want to hurt my feelings, and I still wouldn't feel comfortable with them. However it can go a lot worse than that with people who don't know you. If you boldly embrace a very different theology Christian people can be among the most skeptical and insulting. I've heard sentences like "Islam is a religion of hate" and "stupid Mohamed" more times than I can even begin to remember, I don't even like to read comments on news articles online, because there is always something mean-spirited there, an attack on country or religion, or color, usually its no less than half of the comments. On utube there was a person from the middle-east uploading traditional music, very beautiful ballads, with ancient instruments. This person wasn't being political at all, yet the comments were flooded with ignorant assumptions like, "You treat your wife life crud!" I've researched mythology on ancient Gods or Goddesses in different cultures and asked questions on an email forum, trying to get more facts, and people who appeared to be Christian would swamp the questions with rude things like, "How STUPID do you have to be to read stuff like that?" or "You should burn this!" or "The bible clearly says there is no idol worship!" and "I'm laughing at you I bet you read horoscopes hhaha!" I've even noticed Christians completely disrespecting other Christians if they had another denomination. I.e who hasn't heard something like "those cult Scientologists and mormons" or "the Catholics are so strict and backwards.'

I do see a lot of beauty in Christianity, there is hypnotic poetry in the bible and wise parables, and an ongoing message of charity. But people don't always practice what they preach. While I don't think that other religions are necessarily any better... I don't think that Christians should flatter themselves.
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Posted 8/18/12

shinkodachi wrote:


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.


Shin, I believe the word might be something akin to "Drive-by Worshipper" or "Christian In Name Only," (like the political RINO).

Or perhaps... "Religious Opportunist..."

I agree with your comment about Finland, I'm certain most Scandinavian countries are like that, even if it seems otherwise.
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Religion can be an influence, but in the end, it should be the individual. There can be extreme Christians and sometimes those people aren't very nice.
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I think Christians can be very nice. For example, if you go to Christian Anime Alliance, you can see that the environment is very neat and friendly. They'll even greet you happily. However, there are VERY rude and mean Christians, and the most extreme ones can be the most hateful. For example, there was a girl online who asked a question who felt guilty about premarital sex and one of them said something on the lines like "you're a disgusting person I shouldn't even look at you". Then again, so can many other religious and irreligious people.
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HELL no
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Not all of them. Some of them can be hateful towards people or things that they feel are sins/sinners. For example: not talking to another family member because they are gay.
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From my experiences, no. A lot of people in my family are Christian, and most of them are really nice, genuinely kind people. Then there are a few who only use religion for their own purposes, guilt and persuasion.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a part Christianity, but then one day I went with my Mom and brother to church for the first time. Thought it was cool playing with the kids outside and then it started. The kids said I should go with them to the children's class, so I went. We introduced ourselves and then after that the teacher lady put on Christian music and told us all to sing. Keep in mind it's my first time in a church, I knew none of the songs and she didn't have lyric sheets. The lady asks me "Why aren't you singing?" I apologized, and told her it's my first time here so I didn't know the words yet. Her face then changes from happy to frustrated/looking at me like I was a spawn of Satan, then the kids around me started giving me the same look, and they just kept singing saying nothing to me after that.

When I was a kid and someone told me they were [Insert Religion here], I thought it meant that they were better people, more trustworthy. After that and other experiences with religious people growing up, religion adds nothing to someones personal worth.
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Well, no, why should person's religion affect what kind of person they are and how they act towards others.
From experience I don't think religions make any difference at all to someone's personality.
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I dont think behavior is directly affected by religion. Its more about how the person was raised.
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Chrisitans are people too, there are going to be nice ones and there are going to be the ones that make you think: Thats a christian?!

I've know christians are that the nicest most charitable and most honest people in the world. And I have known "christians" that I wish I could toss in a pit and forget about them.
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