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Are christians generally nicer people?
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Catholic doctrine teaches you have to have full knowledge and actually deny Christ (so not knowing about him does not send you to hell

This Catholic doctrine seems to take some liberty with the exact reading of the Bible. I know the Bible literally says you have to take Christ into your heart as your sole savior. The "full knowledge" seems added. I don't remember that anywhere in the Bible. Correct me if I am wrong.
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everyone goes to purgatory.... hades, sheol same thing. you wait there untill the end of the world(the end of sin) it is a place of punishment. (im fairly certain its punishment for all including believers only difference is believers are comforted).(note not 100% certain of the punishment for christians part i need to study that a bit more.)

hell or rather Gehenna/the outer darkness. is where you go for not accepting gods gift. its a place where god is not. a place of eternal separation from god and therefore torture (because to be completely separate from god and have no contact at all with him is torture).

everyone including christians is judged for their good and bad deeds. jesus's death just blots out the sin, doesn't protect u from the consequences. people who accepted jesus into their heart will however be rewarded for their good deeds and be allowed to dwell with god. so there will still be people who will say have a higher rank than others but that wont matter to us because all that will matter to us is giving praise to god and glorifying him. heck satan was god's right hand man (then he got greedy and effed it up).

sry got a bit off track. to properly answer you question i didnt need allll of that. but the answer im fairly certain is god will judge anyone who has not heard of jesus by his heart or some such as that. not sure whether that means they will be allowed into the kingdom of heaven.

as for the OP if you are truly a christian you will be nicer, however everyone is different and at a different stage of growth so ya mean christians exist, (as do fake christians who dont believe which a lot of the mean christians are, if they truly believed and wanted a relationship with god they would be trying to fix themselves).

EDIT: as for the above poster im not catholic. and im a bit unsure myself of the exact wording need to study that.
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It might be possible that religious (not specifically Christian, but any religion) people tend to be nicer on average, but I'm not sure. I can tell you from experience that there are a lot of self-righteous and even downright nasty people who are VERY religious (and I mean genuinely religious, not just in a superficial way). Just go read the Ryan Report if you don't believe me.

If there is a connection between religiosity and niceness, though, I don't think I believe that it's the religion that causes the niceness. More likely, it's that nice people gravitate toward very social things like religion. I have a super-nice (and awesome in general) friend who at one time was an atheist, and basically got sucked back into Christianity just because the warmth of a church community was so appealing to him. People who really, really like other people just tend to be very responsive to social pressures, I think, and I think religion is the ultimate social pressure.
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In the most patronizing of ways. I joke, they can be nice but they can be mean. In my experience (and in historical hindsight), they can be as mean or as nice as any atheist or any other non-Christian. It depends on how they take in their religion; some truly value its lessons of kindness and humility and are nice because it feels right, and some like to be dicks about it and swear that their religion makes them superior for some reason. I respect the former and despise the latter.
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KleinerSkollexxx wrote:

In the most patronizing of ways. I joke, they can be nice but they can be mean. In my experience (and in historical hindsight), they can be as mean or as nice as any atheist or any other non-Christian. It depends on how they take in their religion; some truly value its lessons of kindness and humility and are nice because it feels right, and some like to be dicks about it and swear that their religion makes them superior for some reason. I respect the former and despise the latter.


Preach it brother!



Luckily my mom is one of the former.
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kufirst wrote:


KleinerSkollexxx wrote:

In the most patronizing of ways. I joke, they can be nice but they can be mean. In my experience (and in historical hindsight), they can be as mean or as nice as any atheist or any other non-Christian. It depends on how they take in their religion; some truly value its lessons of kindness and humility and are nice because it feels right, and some like to be dicks about it and swear that their religion makes them superior for some reason. I respect the former and despise the latter.


Preach it brother!



Luckily my mom is one of the former.


That gif makes me smile x) Your mom sounds like a nice person.
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Aren't they the ones who ostracize others and try to impose their worldly views upon you?
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No one is generally nicer than the other when it comes to faith I think. I don't look at one's faith when it comes to their manners and personality anyway. I've mostly met people who're Muslim that have a humble comportment and are polite versus some of the Christians in my neighborhood though. I wish they acted like that. :T
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mystic17 wrote:

No one is generally nicer than the other when it comes to faith I think. I don't look at one's faith when it comes to their manners and personality anyway. I've mostly met people who're Muslim that have a humble comportment and are polite versus some of the Christians in my neighborhood though. I wish they acted like that. :T


I'm with you on this one, I've met plenty of christians that are just outright hateful and nasty, especially towards non christians, but on the other hand I've also met extremely sweet and caring people that were christians.

The nicest and most genuine people I've ever met was an Bhuddist family.

As far as I see it, regardless of what their religion is, it all comes down to how they choose "use" their religion, some use it as an incentive to treat others with kindness, some use it as an excuse to be assholes.

That's just the way people are.
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I agree with both of you its true I also seen christians who where just so hateful to others just b/c of there religion telling them if they dont pray to god there going to hell. same for me i have a step family who is bhuddist and they are the nicest ppl i know.

Also agree it does go on how they use there religion some might be nice b/c of it and others will be jerks and try to change your minds about your own religion.
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In my opinion - Not necessarily, just because you believe in a religion does not make you a nice person. Either way, religion or not, people have their own lives and their own problems, and regardless of their religion (Even though they may try) they can still be rude or mean, or whichever
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I don't think a religion dictates how nice someone is. It could be a factor but in the end, it is a personal thing.
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I've seen plenty of hateful christians. Weird that they never see the irony in themselves.
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c4nnibalism wrote:

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


This thread should've been done by now.
A person's personality could be influenced by their religion.
It does not apply to just Christians, it applies to others as well.
I am Christian and I am nice but it's not because I'm a Christian, it's because it's my personality.
If a person is born civil and raised properly by their parents, generally they would be a nice person.
Don't forget, our personality is partially caused by how our parents raised us as well.

So the answer is not only because of religion but there are other things that contributes to a personality of a person
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