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Are christians generally nicer people?
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Posted 8/22/12

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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.


We are all capable of being weak, selfish, intemporate. I've certainly had moments that I'm not proud of. but I'd hesitate to say that everyone is an asshole. such a blanket description sounds as wrong to me as 'Christians are inately nicer'. One thing I'll say for most religions (christianity included) is that they CAN challenge us to be better than we are. Those of us who have just ourselves to be our only judge and guide don't have that handy safety rope to cling to or that lofty bar to clear. we have to make our own and I think some just take that is an excuse to be jerks.

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We are all capable of being weak, selfish, intemporate. I've certainly had moments that I'm not proud of. but I'd hesitate to say that everyone is an asshole. such a blanket description sounds as wrong to me as 'Christians are inately nicer'. One thing I'll say for most religions (christianity included) is that they CAN challenge us to be better than we are. Those of us who have just ourselves to be our only judge and guide don't have that handy safety rope to cling to or that lofty bar to clear. we have to make our own and I think some just take that is an excuse to be jerks.




A valid point but blanket statements do have there place. The statement, "Christians are inately nicer" sets your expectations to high and puts you on the fast track to disappointment. However my blanket statement, "Everyone is an Asshole" sets the bar lower enabling me not only to be prepared for the worst but when someone does come along that ruffles the "blanket" so to speak I'll be genuinely surprised and will relish the moment that much more. One of my favorite quotes is by George Carlin, "Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist." It isn't that I want to expect the worst of people but that I must in order to avoid continual disappointment.
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crazyfirefly wrote:


papagolfwhiskey wrote:



We are all capable of being weak, selfish, intemporate. I've certainly had moments that I'm not proud of. but I'd hesitate to say that everyone is an asshole. such a blanket description sounds as wrong to me as 'Christians are inately nicer'. One thing I'll say for most religions (christianity included) is that they CAN challenge us to be better than we are. Those of us who have just ourselves to be our only judge and guide don't have that handy safety rope to cling to or that lofty bar to clear. we have to make our own and I think some just take that is an excuse to be jerks.




A valid point but blanket statements do have there place. The statement, "Christians are inately nicer" sets your expectations to high and puts you on the fast track to disappointment. However my blanket statement, "Everyone is an Asshole" sets the bar lower enabling me not only to be prepared for the worst but when someone does come along that ruffles the "blanket" so to speak I'll be genuinely surprised and will relish the moment that much more. One of my favorite quotes is by George Carlin, "Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist." It isn't that I want to expect the worst of people but that I must in order to avoid continual disappointment.


Well I certainly can't argue with that approach. I adopt a similar policy, keeping my expectations of other people low, makes all my surprises pleasant ones.

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papagolfwhiskey wrote:


Well I certainly can't argue with that approach. I adopt a similar policy, keeping my expectations of other people low, makes all my surprises pleasant ones.



It's always nice to agree to agree.
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Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12

crazyfirefly wrote:


papagolfwhiskey wrote:


Well I certainly can't argue with that approach. I adopt a similar policy, keeping my expectations of other people low, makes all my surprises pleasant ones.



It's always nice to agree to agree. :)


Hey you already like at least one turn of my phrase. Being appreciated can produce favourable reactions in the worst of people ;]

ON TOPIC.

How does your experience at a Christian College. (which presumably is inhabited by a number of christians) support or disprove the OPs thesis?



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Posted 8/26/12
They dont seem to be any more or less nice than anyone else to me
Posted 10/14/12
it depends on the individual like anyone else
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i was a christian but only because of my family..... know im not but i have beliefs.
and to answer ur question i would say 50/50
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Posted 10/14/12
Religion determines nothing on how "nice" a person is, I know some religious people that are pretty nice and others are just a bunch of @ss.
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Yea, I would say it depends on the person. The one that I find the most entertaining (somewhat) are those Christian people I know, who flaunt their being-awesome-cause-their-Christian and they love Jesus and whatnot... yet they go swearing in every other sentence, go out drinking and get involved in shady activities... T______T

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Posted 10/14/12
As a whole I doubt they're any meaner or nicer than anybody else. The ones who are dicks are just a lot more openly vocal about it though, and from my experience a lot more hateful.
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Christians are definitely the nicest people around. Back in the day, they've been known to throw some pretty rad parties that are downright pleasant and crowd-favorites, such as:


The Crusades:


The Inquisition:


The Salem Witch Trials:



I don't know about you, but these parties beat playing keg stand, beer pong, or flip cup at a sorority any day!
Posted 10/15/12
nooooo they secretly brain wash you when they come knocking on your door >.<

oops my parents are Christians, must have been them ..
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shinkodachi wrote:

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?


You are official my hero for today. I am an atheist and I am generally kind to everyone. So what makes a Christian/Mormon/Muslim better than me?

On that note I don't understand why everyone thinks being apart of religion, especially Christians, make them nicer than others...
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Posted 10/15/12 , edited 10/15/12

c4nnibalism wrote:

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


Agreed. A person's personality is the foundation of being nice or evil. Religion is an add-on to further improve that personality. But its up to that person's personality whether you live out the religion to benefit yourself and others or use it as a weapon against people just because you can.

Yep, this is just a stereotype saying.
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