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Are Atheists Kinder And More Moral Than Christians?



QUESTION: The kindest person I know is my atheist friend who has no use for God. On the other hand, some of the most difficult and unpleasant people I know say they are Christians. How do you explain this? -- Mrs. D.E.


ANSWER: Not every Christian is like this, of course -- but admittedly some are, although they shouldn't be. And not every atheist is like this either, of course -- but some are, and in a world that's often cruel and thoughtless we ought to be thankful for every act of kindness.


Why is your atheist friend like this? By God's grace, some people simply have been blessed with a sunny and kind personality, or they had parents who taught them to be kind. Perhaps this was her situation. But I do know this: your friend isn't this way because of her atheism, but in spite of it. A person who doesn't believe in God has little reason to behave sacrificially toward others (although it may make them feel good inside if they are kind).


PERCEPTION OF MORALITY


According to a new study, some atheists even have an in-built "anti-atheist bias" when it comes to judging a person's morality.

But anti-atheist bias was strongest where there are high numbers of believers, like the United Arab Emirates, United States and India.


Only New Zealand and Finland did not exhibit a clear bias against atheists.


The study, put together by an international team and published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, took into account the responses of more than 3,000 people across 13 countries and five continents.


Those who took part were asked whether an imagined person, who tortured animals as a child before becoming a teacher and then killing five homeless people, was more likely to be religious or atheist.


Across the study group, it was found people were twice as likely to believe the killer was an atheist.

Study co-author Will Gervais, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, told news agency AFP: "It is striking that even atheists appear to hold the same intuitive anti-atheist bias.


THE GOOD CAN ONLY BECOME BETTER!


I also know this: If your friend ever opens her heart and life to Jesus Christ, she'll become an even kinder and more loving person than she is right now. God will come to live within her by His Holy Spirit, and her life will begin to change. The Bible says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).


Don't let the bad example of a few weak Christians keep you from Christ. Instead, by faith commit your life to Jesus Christ, and ask Him to change you into the person He wants you to be.

Then pray for your friend, and ask God to make you an example to her of Christ's life-changing power and love.


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Research Reference: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0151#s1

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