loving your atheist sister


It is strange that those who claim theirs is a religion of love need instruction or guidance to love atheists.

My good friend Barry keeps telling me no believer takes the bible literally, I want to believe him. I don’t know what he makes of this?

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

37 thoughts on “loving your atheist sister

  1. Not sure how reasonable it is to expect people to literally love everyone they come across either.

    I mean, it’s a nice sentiment but hardly attainable.

    I’ll still take that post over the myriad of posts saying we are not able to be good people etc.

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  2. You seem to have your (un) fair share of fundagelicals in your part of the world eh?

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  3. john zande says:

    I think sarahngima might be Colourstorm under a new monika.

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  4. that article is certainly dependent on oxymorons. “ferocious love”? Just what the heck is that supposedly to be? from context, it seems to be Christians being jerks as usual, trying to pretend otherwise by hiding under the skirts of love.

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  5. A beautiful read for a Monday morning. Makes my heart warm when I read of the deep love christians have for me. How sweet they are.

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  6. Swarn Gill says:

    Based on how the person responded to your comments and questions, it just seems that this is not someone who you could have a reasoned conversation with. They come off at being at a high level of brainwashing…but it is worth asking the questions you have asked certainly.

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  7. Charity says:

    From what I gather from her post, the basis of her belief is the Bible. Like many Christians, she seems to have all the answers without any real research. I feel bad for her. Indoctrination is no joke. The more vulnerable a person is, the harder it is to escape it.

    And let’s be honest here, the Bible may mention that the greatest commandment is to love, but the over all premise of it is “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!” For all things Jesus will always matter more than an actual in the flesh human being. Christ is even quoted saying this in their precious book.

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    • makagutu says:

      What I have been struggling with lately is to understand why my fellow Africans and in this particular case fellow Kenyans defend, very emotionally, a foreign religion but show no interest in finding out what were the African traditional religious beliefs and on what grounds have they been discarded.
      And I sympathise most with those who then tell me the bible says it, I believe it.

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      • Charity says:

        Agreed. Even here in the States a small number of Black men and women are stressing to other African descendants that Christianity is the White man’s religion that was forced upon them during slavery. Not only was it forced upon them but it justified the cruelty they suffered. Many of them are stressing that people research their African history to get in touch with their heritage and get away from the monstrosities of Christianity. A few have come to atheism as a result of this. Unfortunately, the Black Church is still strong here and its members tell atheist Blacks that they’re the ones with the “slave mentality”. It’s just sad. However, the Black Church was such an important component during slavery, the civil rights movement and everything in between, I somewhat understand why the community has a hard time in letting it go.

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  8. Nan says:

    Note what is given as the #1 reason one is an atheist. I dare say this has little to do with why many are atheists. It’s more they have looked closely at the reasons believers give for their God and simply find it unbelievable.

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  9. Barry says:

    Mak, I have never claimed no Christians take the bible literally, as clearly many do. Certainly in this part of the world they are a minority, but I know that’s not the case everywhere. My own son is one such person, and why an intelligent person should decide the bible is literally God’s Word is beyond me. If he wants to believe the world is less than ten thousand years old despite all the evidence to the contrary I’m not going to make an issue of it, but I have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to his notion of sin, which I find distasteful and harmful.

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  10. “Being an atheist provides many opportunities to learn about the meaning of Christian love. In the vast majority of cases, I’m sorry to say, it’s only for other Christians (or perceived prospective Christians).”

    ~ Dan Fincke (Ex-Christian and professor of philosophy)

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