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Why Some People Hate Christians

There are various types of Christianity in the world that can not seem to get along with each other. So why then does it come as a surprise to Christians that those of us who are not Christian would rather not have to be subjected to their particular brand of religion?

There are various types of Christianity in the world that can not seem to get along with, let alone even love, each other. So why then does it come as a surprise to Christians that those of us who are not, would rather not have to be subjected to their particular brand of religion? At times even new converts to Christianity, who, just weeks before did not believe in Jesus, after there conversion can not understand why others do not want to hear about it. Beyond just being bothersome with constant proselytizing, Fundamentalist Christianity creates most severe harsh feelings in others because of some serious flaws of it’s adherents.

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Fundamentalist Christians use scare tactics and intimidation on the weakest members of society, children. There is much talk in recent years about sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy, but I am not talking about this. There is an additional rape being committed on children by churches as entities. The rape of their fragile minds. The manipulation of children that takes place in churches is something that leads to those same children to hate Christianity and Christians as adults, or to embrace it out of fear. The mind games played especially on children by deranged church members at times rivals those of any war time concentration camp that isn’t following Geneva Convention laws. The basic tenants of Christianity are at fault here. Man is corrupt and can only be saved from sin via God’s son Jesus and God loves you so he will allow his son (whom died for you) to save you. This is the same line of crap that all manipulators have used to control people’s minds for centuries and continue to do in the modern era. It’s the same type of manipulation that abusers in relationship use to control another person. Things like “You are bad, but if you obey me you can have my love.”

It’s manipulation.

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  1. Emma C S

    On May 28, 2009 at 5:27 am


    100% agree with you. Why can’t fundies realise that being nasty to people, being intolerant, threatening and so on is NOT the way. I find myself becoming less and less tolerant of Christianity thanks to that kind of behaviour from a few extremists.

    Incidentally, are all those signs real? Thankfully we don’t get a lot of them in the UK.

  2. skylite

    On May 28, 2009 at 7:11 am


    Very nicely written. I can’t stand when others try to push their religion onto others. Baiscally we are all the same no matter what religion we are and we all share the same God no matter what religion we are !!

  3. QueenZee

    On May 28, 2009 at 7:37 am


    Great article,
    I often find myself annoyed with church members who try to force their beliefs on others and who walks around saying praise the lord and things of that nature in every other sentence. I feel that expressing your love for the lord and having a spiritual relationship with God is great, but it should not be used as a tool for make others feel bad, or just inferior to oneself. Those signs were a mess also! I would think that they’d scare off more people than they’d recruit.

  4. clay hurtubise

    On May 28, 2009 at 10:14 am


    Nice article and great pics!
    Religion is a tough subject: people seem to lose touch with common sense (kill in the name of God…).
    Thanks,
    Clay

  5. Mark Gordon Brown

    On May 28, 2009 at 10:18 am


    Indeed the photos are real.
    I saw one I wish I had photographed only a few years ago
    “If you want a Kitten, ask God to give you a Horse”

    I found this a bit backwards.

    I am just hoping Christians, Muslims, etc, all realize that nobody likes being preached to, and when you imply you are trying to “save” us it feels like you think you are better than the rest of us. My early beginnings were in a Fundimentalist Church, I even taught Sunday School myself. I now realize why people push so hard against Christianity and other religions.

  6. jo oliver

    On May 28, 2009 at 10:38 am


    Mark,

    Like REP, you are a dear friend. I always enjoy your work, even when I disagree with it.

    I can not argue with some of your article. I fully admit that many Christians and even the tenets of their religion are often hypocritical. How many cars that have some pro-life bumper sticker pull into a motel for the driver to have an affair. I also, hate the use of scare tactics to convert. If you force someone to the gospel, doesn’t that kinda defeat the purpose of free will. I also find these evangelical snake oil salesman to be making a mockery Jesus and God.

    Now, that said, I do have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is my personal belief from faith. I share it if asked or appropriate, but I never push my belief on others. As you said, when you force something on someone, you invite hate of that thing. That is the mistake that organized religion is making. Christians need to live their lives according to the gospel, and nonbelievers will either naturally want to emulate or not.

    Mark, here is my problem. Those that do not believe are constantly complaining that they do not want to be preached to about what they do not believe in. I get that! Yet, the very people that are complaining about being preached to do the exact same thing toward Christians using anti religious messaging.

    So, I think we all need to stop being hypocrites and let everyone worship, not worship, pray, not pray, etc.. in peace. We all need to learn to a little tolerance for that which we do not subscribe to.

  7. Robert Tidwell

    On May 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm


    The reason some people hate christians is because christians believe they have the right to dictate how other people live. Christians shove their religion in peoples faces and think that it makes them better people because they believe in god. The best people I know are devout atheists and they adhere more to the teachings of Jesus than any christians I know. You know, that whole thing about love and equality that Jesus taught, well most christians FAIL that miserably.

  8. Pastor Frankie Tuttle

    On May 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm


    Why I know That There is a God and That He Loves Me

    A Personal Testimony.

    Years ago doubt was creeping into my head about the Lord and then a miracle happened.

    Three years ago 100 members of my church were enroute to a bible camp in the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia. They were traveling in a chartered bus. As they sang hymns, Satan was up to his old tricks. You see, the bus driver was an atheist alcoholic socialist and that day he was filling his coffee mug with vodka. As the bus wound up through the switchbacks, the driver got progressively drunker. Then it happened. It was that day that changed this poor sinner’s life forever. Entering a particularly tight switchback, the besotted driver finally lost control of the bus and it plummeted 1500 feet down into a ravine where it exploded into a fireball incinerating the flock. The only survivor that day was a young boy who was thrown from the bus by his father seconds before it hit the bottom.

    This young boy suffered severe brain damage from hitting a rock head first and will have to wear a football helmet and drool cup for the remainder of his life. But his survival proved to me that miracles do happen because God does exist and loves me. The Lord used that accident to bring me back to his flock.

    Hallelujah!

    Praise Jesus! Just open your eyes to his miracles and you will see them everywhere.

  9. Ruby Hawk

    On May 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm


    Mark, You are correct in every word you write. Brainwashing and scaring little innocent children in my book is the worst sin anyone could commit.I cannot for the life of me understand why these religions enjoy preaching hell and damnation and call their God a loving God. They contradict themselves.It just really turns me off to have to listen to it and I have family who stay on my case. They are brainwashed to the core. Most of these people are intellignet about everything else. I can’t see how they became so blind about religion.

  10. fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa

    On May 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm


    Even as a Christian myself, I totally agree with the fact that religion should never be pushed upon someone; but for many Christian, the Bible says to be fruitful and multiply, for some it means have many children, while for others it means go out and make Christians everywhere.
    For others who believe they want to share the excitment, or the good news.
    I enjoyed your article, it was well written and for me it clearly expressed how you felt!

  11. Israel Jayakaran

    On May 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm


    Hello Mark,
    You are completely wrong in your thinking.Heaven and Hell are real.Everyone is assigned to hell because of the first sin committed by Adam and Eve. It was to save us from going to hell that Lord Jesus came into the world in the form of a human being to “die” in our place.

    We can imagine that when God createdthe first man and woman, it was possibly His plan that they should enjoy everything God had created on the Earth and come to him at some stage and be with Him for ever.

    Though our first parents sabotaged this plan, God did not want to abandon the entire humanity but went out of His way to save us from permanent death and to be with Him for ever.

    In order that no one misses this great opportunity, God had made the ‘entry into heaven’ extremely simple. He doesn’t want even a single soul to miss this out. “Put your faith and trust in LOrd Jesus.” And that’s all is required to go to Heaven.

    May I suggest that you read my article published in Triond titled, “Why did Lore Jesus die on the cross?” Everythingwill become clear once you digest this article.

    Yours
    Israel Jayakaran, Chennai, India. “coljay2008@bsnl.in”

  12. S M Blomker

    On May 28, 2009 at 11:21 pm


    nice article and very interesting as will.

  13. Casanova T.L. Green

    On May 29, 2009 at 11:31 am


    Your article was so true and so timely. As a Christian, I hear the complaints of my friends who feel “abused” by the fundamental church because there is no love in it. It is always banishing people to Hell and how you are not good enough. I can’t stand it and I am a leader at a church. More people should read this and not get so offended. Like I always tell people, “If you get so mad about this, it must apply to you.”

    Best of luck in all of your endeavors.

  14. serowa

    On May 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm


    You have described the religion of Christianity not the kingdom of God that Christ preached. All religions are man made to try and fill in the void that a separation from God created after the fall of Man. Christ did not preach a religion and neither did He come to start one; that is the modern church mistake. Christ preached the kingdom of God and the way to its entrance. He said , repent for the kingdom of God has come. It is open to all humans who chose to believe regardless of your heritage, race, religion or any other thing that humans use to define themselves.

  15. DA Cournean

    On May 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm


    i like your way of thinking. Very well written!

  16. Mark Gordon Brown

    On May 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm


    to Jo (and anyothers) it is not about “Christians” it is about Fundamentalists in Christianity specficially but also those Fundamentalists of other religions.

    To Pastor Frank Tuttle
    Any one can be a drunk driver. If God were giving miracles that day everyone would have lived. Not just one lad “reportedly” thrown out by his dad (doesnt sound like he was able to say his dad threw him out the window so that is just speculation on somebodies part). Maybe all the Hymn singing distracted the driver to go off the cliff – you dont really know.

    As for my personal religious beliefs they fall somewhere between Gnostism, Sufism, Shamanism and Absurdism. NOT in a NEW AGE mixture sort of way. Something very different. I came to these beliefs through many years of study. No, I do not have a University degree in Theology, Mythology, or Philosophy, what I do have is years of personal study while I was caring for an ailing parent. I.E. I have knowledge just not the P.H.D. and also I have the faith, just not the faith in the same way as others living around me. The differnce between what I do in regards to expressing my beliefs through written or art is that I do not tell others they are going to have eternal punishment if they do not believe in the exact way that I do,

  17. Mark Gordon Brown

    On May 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm


    I also want to add, I wrote this after reading another article in which a Fundi Christian proclaimed puzzlement at why people “hate” them. This is written as an answer.

  18. Brooke Westen

    On May 29, 2009 at 11:55 pm


    I would like to say, it gets really old hearing that God and His followers are the cause of hatred and wars.

    If someone hadn’t shown me how to be a fulltime Christian every day, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am. Before, I only went to the Lord when needed. My life wasn’t that great. Now, I’m more content. I know the difference, my life before and my life now. It is better with Jesus.

    I’m not preaching or pushing, I’m just sharing. I am sure glad someone shared that with me .

  19. CHAN LEE PENG

    On May 30, 2009 at 12:43 am


    I think this happens when people have different perceptions towards religions that they’re not favored at. The different ideology itself makes a difference here.

  20. clafleur

    On May 30, 2009 at 3:42 am


    I wonder, if Christians are wrong, then what do we loose? Absolutley nothing, however, if we are right, what do you loose? Absolutely everything. I am going to take my chances with what us sanctified folks call life insurance, a.k.a salvation. Good article,and well made points. However time will tell.

  21. Rana Sinha

    On May 30, 2009 at 4:12 am


    Eye opener article. Yes, it seems that ‘fundies’ on all sides put a terrible twist to things, only for their own benefit. We could be snug and say that ‘fundies’ are deluded as they call all others. But then it becomes a case of the blind leading the blind.
    I’m comfortable with people taking different roads or rather making different roads as long as they don’t force it on me.

  22. nobert soloria bermosa

    On May 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm


    interesting post Mark….5 letter word-WISDOM,a special gift to each and everyone from the Creator

  23. Brenda Nelson

    On May 31, 2009 at 8:55 pm


    Thanks Mark!

    I agree with you, I think most people who hold fast that they know the truth are the ones who are the biggest problem, because lets be honest, nobody REALLY knows as much as they think or wish they did.
    If people were so sure about Heaven and such, tears would NEVER be shed at fundamentalist funerals.

    By the way, if Gambling is a SIN, why isnt there a law that says Christians cannot buy lottery tickets?

  24. ken bultman

    On June 2, 2009 at 6:18 am


    I grew up in a church community that did not permit dancing,ergo no high school prom. Instead we were sent on trips to D.C., Toronto, etc. Hotel rooms were O.K. The Bible today requires religion as a second language since there are so many interpretations.

  25. ladybaby

    On June 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm


    You got into a very controversial topic on this one. I tend to agree with everything you said. I have gone to every type of church I could find. I found that I agreed to much of what they preached or taught, but I also disagreed with just as much. Every church I went to, had something good to offer, yet they all had something that turned me off to move on to another one. I read my Bible, and I do believe in most of what the Bible preaches, ;however, I have been turned off from going to church services any more. I have a son who is gay. He was BORN THAT WAY. He did not choose to be gay. He struggled most of his life to live with himself, because of how CRUEL CHRISTIANS were to him. Those who become SELF RIGHTEOUS in their beliefs do more harm than good. Thanks for having the courage to write what you did.

  26. Mark Gordon Brown

    On June 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm


    clafleur you asked “what do Christians lose if they are wrong”. Plenty of things. At times secure relationships with non-Christian family and friends, money, and experiences they would have had if they had believed in another way. By experiences I am not talking about getting high or drunk or sexual escapades. Many “Christians” engage in those types of things as well. I am talking about something much greater than that. To me the Christian myths is not much different than modern myths that are being created daily. One that comes to mind here is The modern myth of The Great Pumpkin. What did Linus and Sally miss by waiting in the field for the nonexistant Great Pumpkin? The missed the experience of the Holloween party/dance and trick’r treating. Too many FUNDAMENTALIST Christians miss out on life in waiting for The Rapture. If FANUDAMENTALIST Christianity is true there is a warning about this kind of behaviour. Jesus telling some to get away from him and they are saying “but I preached in your name” then there are those who were embraced even though they did not know him because they had given water to the thristy and food to the hungry. This story is in the Christian Bible. Find it. I don’t do that whole chapter and verse thing because those books were not written that way and the chapter and verse game allows for manipulation.

  27. Mark Gordon Brown

    On June 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm


    to Brooke Westen,

    This articles is not about bashing God and his followers. It is about reasons that people hate Christians based on the actions of FUNDAMENTALISTS. I could have just as well made it about Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhist Fundamentalists actions hurting those faiths. I live in North America and my experience has been with Christian Fundamentalists.

    In no way am I bashing God. I simply do not believe that Fundamentalists have anything to do with God. If there is a Devil or force of evil in the universe then that is where Fundamentalists came from. However, I personally believe that fundamentalists simply lack knowledge and suffer from an addiction. Christianity comes out of a myth, it was understood in the first century that it was a myth used to preach an ethic. The myth has now gotten in the way of the ethic.

    When a myth consumes the ethics it is designed to teach it is no longer of value and becomes harmful, just as when drugs used to ease pain become an addiction they need to be stopped.

  28. K.N.Man

    On June 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm


    i agree with what @Skylite said about “we all shared the same God no matter what religion we are” and i really believe in that. i never hate the religion but i hate some of the people inside there. It is good to share religion to others, but don’t do it become something like Multi Level Marketing, come door to door was nothing wrong with that, but some of them they really pushy until insulting other religion. i can’t tolerant with that kind of attitudes and it really happened to me quiet few times. after all of that happened, i always ask myself “why must be christian?”

  29. C. Stew

    On June 17, 2009 at 3:41 pm


    I feel great sadness for you. You apparently had some bad childhood experiences with churches and unfortunately your early experiences of Christianity were with people that hardly represent their religion. First of all, the only things that constitute sin are those listed in the Bible. Anything the people at your childhood church might have said apparently stuck with you for the rest of your life, and you yourelf refused to let go and now you’re trying to use the same degenerative methods you mention on Christians. You contradict yourself! How can anyone be expected to listen to someone that contradicts himself?

  30. Mark Gordon Brown

    On June 18, 2009 at 10:51 pm


    to Stweart the Man

    But the Bible is LOADED with contradictions, and yet you follow that.
    Also let us not forget changes have been made in the Bible.

  31. Keith

    On August 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm


    In reading my Bible, i find two commands given from Jesus.

    1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul.
    2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

    Jesus spent his time with people who were the outcasts (prostitutes, tax collectors…the mafia of their day, thieves, murderers, etc.) of society and had a great loathing for those people who were the sticklers for rules (Pharisees, i.e. John 9). He is my example of how to live. He went through life looking for ways to help people and I will strive to do the same. I’m not perfect and never will be, which is why I’m so grateful for Jesus and His finished work on the cross. His sacrifice paves the way for a sinner like me to have a place at His feet in Heaven for eternity. Jesus died that same death for you…no matter who you are, what you’re dealing with or what you’ve done. He doesn’t care about any of that and neither do I. I only care that you hear God’s word and that you accept His invitation to spend eternal life with Him in Heaven (Romans 10:9).

    I truly believe that God is the creator of our universe and He has made a place for me (all of us) with Him in Heaven. He is faithful to His promises and His will for our lives is revealed so that we might live more in harmony with the way He originally created us to live. His instructions are not meant to be levied with fear, but shared with love that we might find peace and coexist. I’m sorry that people ruin religion, but don’t let imperfect people like me turn you off to the most amazing love you will ever know. People will fail you. Jesus’ love is perfect. If it’s good enough to save a sinner like me, it’s more than enough to cover you and whatever keeps you seperate from Him.

    All my love,
    CKB

  32. Joshua R

    On September 9, 2009 at 4:49 am


    Dear Mark

    If you give me one contradiction in the bible I will renounce my faith. Ready…Go…

    Thanks for reading
    Josh R.

  33. Mark Gordon Brown

    On September 9, 2009 at 9:54 am


    to Joshua R
    there are many but I shall start with one of the first

    God is all powerful, and yet it took six days to make the earth and everything in it AND afterwards God needed a rest? Whats up with needing a rest for an all powerful being?
    and with that, which religion would you like to sample next?

  34. Mark

    On October 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm


    This is actully not a contradiction. No where did it say he had to rest but rather he did rest. Gen. says he created an aspect the universe throughout the 6 days but doesnt say that it in fact took all his power for those days – rather it says he spoke it into existance. So what you’ve done is set up a straw man by using a scripture you’re not familier with.
    I agree with many aspects of the above article – knowedge of the scriptures points to many low points in some church membrers today. But the call of christians is not to be perfect. It is to follow jesus. Christianity isnt a function of its members. Therefore, making judgements based on its members is ignorant .

  35. Joshua Selvarajan

    On December 13, 2009 at 4:05 am


    Noah had to preach, warn the people long time ago of the impending destruction to come. He preached for 120 years and during that same time he was building an ark that was commanded by God. When Noah was building the ark I could imagine the people mocking him, and that for 120 years. But the Flood came and all died except for the eight people and the animals in th ark.The eight people includes Noah, his wife, his 3 sons and daughters-in-law.No one else believed. For the past almost 2000 years, Jesus has been preached as the Savior of mankind. The end of the world will only come after the entire world has been spread with the message of the good news. Also the divisions in the Church was prophecied in the Bible, and Jesus did pray that His followers will be in Unity. It will be our responsibility to seek the Truth. So what is the truth? In this last century, Jesus has been spread via internet. After all the outreach, do we stand a chance to blame the Loving God for our disobedience?

  36. Mark Gordon Brown

    On December 13, 2009 at 11:37 am


    WOW! Joshua you almost sound like you want the end of the world – a perfect example of why people hate Christians~!

  37. Charles

    On February 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm


    The real issue is not fundamentalism, or any other label. The real issue is do you believe the Bible has any truth in it? If you do not, then that is your choice and move on from there. That is, you will find something else as a moral, ethical, spiritual forundation for your life. If you are open to the message of the Bible, the problem begins in Genesis when a choice was given. God in essence said, “You have total freedom, but remember your are not God. If you want to be God, it will bring death” (Genesis 1:16-17). Eve was tempted with becoming like God. “You will not surely die…you will be like God” (Genesis 3:3-4). It looked pretty good, so she “bit.” Now we are filled a world where everyone wants to be god and it is pretty messed up as a result. There is religion that wants to be god (regardless of flavor, including many who have Christian in their name), anti-religion that wants to be god, politicians that want to be god, sports figures or financiers, or actors…well the list goes on and on. If the God of the Bible is real and His words are true, then when He says, “Sin pays off with death” (Romans 3:23), then it must. To say so is not mean, it’s just being honest with the text. Jesus also said that God does not desire to condemn the world, but save it (John 3:17). He also warned that it would tick people off to be told they have a problem that needs fixing (John 3:20). We don’t expect everyone to love us for the message, even if we say it as respectful as possible.

    Now how people respond to that message is up to them. God has granted us the freedom to accept or reject his offer of salvation in Christ.

    Evangelical Christians believe they have been commanded by Christ to offer the invitation to people to trust in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). We will do so. If you remain not interested, that’s fine. It is your choice. I am also sorry for those who were abusive with their faith, such that you are very angry at Christians.

  38. Rebecca

    On November 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm


    I’m a christian, but I hate it when they preach at people. To me it is wrong. Sometimes it makes people feel like crap. My best friend is going out with a guy who is married, but they split up, and is living with him, sleeping in the same bed with him, and is having his child, but never once did I say anything to her about it. Never thought anything bad of her. But I might move out of my town, (because my fiance lives out of town), and that is the only way we’ll be able to get married to one another. I can’t afford the rent on my own. But she tells me that what I’m doing is BAD and is a SIN. You should NEVER judge someone. I hate christians like that. I don’t do it to others, and I expect them to do the same for me. I don’t feel ashamed for moving in with someone I’m not married to. The world is filled with hypocrisy, and there is nothing I hate more than christians (or other people) who tell you what you’re doing is wrong, when they have no room to talk.

  39. Vicky

    On August 29, 2012 at 9:35 am


    Mark, thank you for your article! Well written, you spoke the facts. As you’ve taught in Sunday Schools, you are not just talking without evidence! The tags in churches really creep me out. How could they be so rude? They are so horrible they disgust me. The Christians are surprising rude that I think they are the real evil, they are the real Devils.
    I hate those Christians who are close minded and try to preach to all of us. They are manipulated by the mind that if you are “logical” or open minded, you will think about the devil. That’s why they are so irrational…But in fact the Greek logic exists long before Christianity.

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