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Are christians generally nicer people?
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No I wouldn't say they're nicer. I'd say being raised in an envionment where doing anything outside of the norm results in eternal damnation is not exactly understanding. Sure they might be nice to people that don't do anything too unusual but I'm sure they click their tongues when a gay couple walks by or someone that believes in a different diety. They certainly never fail to mention that the way you do things is wrong and only by repenting for your unusual behavior to their diety will you be saved from eternal damnation in a domain of pain and anguish. So no I wouldn't consider them nicer. I would consider the people not tied down by cultural and religious predjudices to be the nicer ones. Ya know, the human beings that have evolved to the point where they finally attained reasoning and understanding.
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i know a lot of Christians that are nice people but weirdly i don't know many nice atheists the atheists i know are kinda arrogant and grumpy but i dont know that many atheist i know like 2 or 4 but Cristians and other religions ii about every one else in my life i my self am not fully but Cristian also and people normally say im nice
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toxxin wrote:

No I wouldn't say they're nicer. I'd say being raised in an envionment where doing anything outside of the norm results in eternal damnation is not exactly understanding. Sure they might be nice to people that don't do anything too unusual but I'm sure they click their tongues when a gay couple walks by or someone that believes in a different diety. They certainly never fail to mention that the way you do things is wrong and only by repenting for your unusual behavior to their diety will you be saved from eternal damnation in a domain of pain and anguish. So no I wouldn't consider them nicer. I would consider the people not tied down by cultural and religious predjudices to be the nicer ones. Ya know, the human beings that have evolved to the point where they finally attained reasoning and understanding.
maybe all the chrisians you've have met just sucked?

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toxxin wrote:

No I wouldn't say they're nicer. I'd say being raised in an envionment where doing anything outside of the norm results in eternal damnation is not exactly understanding. Sure they might be nice to people that don't do anything too unusual but I'm sure they click their tongues when a gay couple walks by or someone that believes in a different diety. They certainly never fail to mention that the way you do things is wrong and only by repenting for your unusual behavior to their diety will you be saved from eternal damnation in a domain of pain and anguish. So no I wouldn't consider them nicer. I would consider the people not tied down by cultural and religious predjudices to be the nicer ones. Ya know, the human beings that have evolved to the point where they finally attained reasoning and understanding.
maybe all the chrisians you've have met just sucked?



possible though my grandma has said those things to me quite frequently and she is a roman catholic (which tend to be the most right winged of the christian sects) and you'd kind of figure your own grandmother would be more accomodating than strangers but what do I know there are nice people everywhere and there are a**holes everywhere too.
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Two of my best friends had very devoted Christian mothers. Both of them were bitches who truly despised me -.- But generally I would assume so x)
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What a wonderful question...!

Religion helps us express that which is holy within ourselves. The true practice of religion as a way of life is like the practice of philosophy. It reflects the desire to do or be better and to express one's personal holiness. Through this practice, we may achieve some level of personal betterment or, as you put it, "niceness." We should, though, beware easy comparisons between religions and people based on what we may see or admire in one person or group of people, as these may prove harmful and misdirect us on our own personal journey.

To compare any two people and suggest that the one that belongs to a given religion is nicer by definition, even if the other person has no religion at all, is a mistake. Consider the error of pride in making such an assertion about oneself (i.e., to say "I am better or nicer than you because I am Christian and you are not."). Would you say that? I hope not. I can hardly think of a statement that could more easily prove a person is NOT likely very nice. This example makes the errors of ignorance, intolerance, and pride associated with such a generalized comparison pretty obvious, don't you think? And, if we would be wrong to compare ourselves to others in this way, surely, comparing any two people, groups, or religions similarly is prone to the similar errors, is it not?

Instead, perhaps as we observe others, we should focus on them individually and notice how they change, hopefully for the better, as they practice their own religion or philosophy. For who has truly improved themselves the most, a murderer who learns not to murder or a loving person who learns better how to love? There is no answer. We can not truly say. Instead, each offers us different lessons. We can only try to understand and learn from them and from how they have changed for the better, individually.

May every day help you find better ways to explore and celebrate the holiness within yourself and... to be even nicer to the people you yourself meet.
Posted 8/21/12
depends = =

I know these two old christian
grandparents in my neighborhood
who ALWAYS say I've committed a sin
( for every little story I tell them)
and will not go to heaven D:<

who cares about them ^^ I'll believe whatever I want
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Most people are nice regardless of their beliefs.
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You can argue with me on this, but generally, yes, I think they are nicer than other people. Actively participating in their church/parish means that they have to participate in a lot of volunteer work in the community, and I think that the way that they are so willing to give up their time to help others is admirable. But even so, this doesn't necessarily make them the best kind of people. Committing yourself to a particular religion can unintentionally give you a bigger sense of close-mindedness. I mean, look at the church's views on abortion and gay marriage. Any concept that doesn't conveniently fit into their morals as prescribed by the Bible are rejected and made out to be "sinful". So while being Christian might make you a more amiable person, it doesn't necessarily make you a more accepting person. And there's a fine distinction between the two.

Also, for reference, I grew up in a Roman Catholic household in a fairly liberal area in the USA. so, uh, I've never really seen or encountered any crazy!Christians who tell people they're doomed to go to hell that some of you are referring to. I think that the worst reaction I've seen to something "sinful" was probably a sassy/snide remark from a priest during mass.
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hell no they are so persistant on converting you to their religion!!!
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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.


Short answer: No.

longer answer: Muslims are not generally more violent and intolerant, White men CAN jump, Jews are not universally naturally thrifty, Germans are not Closet Nazis. and again No neither people who self identify as Christians nor Christianity itself are naturally nicer than non-christians.

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There are many things in the Bible (in most modern religions, in fact, but you asked about Christians) and many tenets espoused by Christian leaders "Love thy Neighbour" etc. That might influence a self-identified Christian to behave nicely towards others but. Across the broad spectrum of self proclaimed Christians we can find plenty of unfriendly and even inhuman persons. So much so that many people reject religion entirely on the belief that Christianity (among others, but you asked about Christians) actually is at root of some of the worst oppressions humans have inflicted on each other. The Albigensian Crusade so thoroughly destroyed a divergent sect in France that researching the Cathars ( the victims of that crusade) is largely an exercise in forensics and frustration. The word Crusade itself evokes memories of invasion, slaughter and oppression to this day in the Muslim world. The Crusades in the middle east began when Orthodox Christianity lost control of the 'holy land', and were touted by their supporters as reclaiming the holy land for Christianity. Yet one Crusade instead attacked and pillaged the 'Rome' of Orthodox Christianity (Constantinople)

In more modern times we have book burnings, and record burnings, and the Westboro baptist church.


My mother was devout Christian and universally praised by all who knew her as a very nice person. She would have, I'm sure, credited her niceness to living by Christian values. Likewise I'm sure there are many nice Christians, and depending on the tenets they adopt and attempt to live up to I'm sure there are a lot of people who would credit their 'niceness' to christian values. But no... Christians are not inately nicer than everyone else. In it's own way that's as insulting to both Christians and non-Christians as saying Black folk have natural rhythm would be to people of colour.
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huyz0rz wrote:

Most people are nice regardless of their beliefs.


Not sure I agree with that. Some people believe in being Assholes.

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No. All people are assholes. Some of them openly some of them secretly but honest to goodness I've never met a person who is not an asshole of sorts. Whether they are an annoying asshole, an asshole without manners, or a lying asshole the assholes of this world are plentiful. Sure there are people that do nice things but in the end there is simply no one who is nice. Or so I've experienced.
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nope most are bungholes the ones around here are
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I dont think there nicer people most of the ones ive met are ridiculous, then again I probably dont see them as nice due to the fact most things i hear or people tell me in the bible sounds like garbage to me so I wouldnt see them as nice people since they follow that.
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