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Do you respect believers?
« on: October 13, 2016, 04:57:15 PM »
I was searching the dictionary and I saw the word belief and it said "What someone values as true."
I had to think for a second and realized that not all Christians are using their religion to harm others. I truly felt this way because of my childhood. But even my family has calmed down a bit. There are some Christians that truly believe that Christianity is true. I think the reason they ignore the bad parts is because it hasn't processed in their minds yet. I usually don't quote it because I usually don't even talk about it. Plus some of the older people don't know the resources we have today. What are your opinions?

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 07:21:08 PM »
It's not something that I really take into account in forming an opinion of someone, at least not singularly. There are believers who are awesome, and others who are peices of shit. Just like there are non believers who are awesome, and others who are peices of shit. You can take someone like Joel Olesteen, who chooses to represent himself by faith, and I don't respect him but that's because he's a fear-mongering hypocrite, not because he's religious. I think it's different.

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2016, 09:03:58 PM »
Whatever respect they show me, I return to them. Just because I believe there is no god, doesn't mean that I can not respect someone else's right to believe there is.

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2016, 09:44:51 PM »
More or less the same for me. I respect everyone for what they achieve for the world.

But I will not tolerate prosetylising  or evangelising of any kind.
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 10:12:04 PM »
If one earns my respect, then I respect that believer. I don't generally respect people I've never interacted with. My default is not to care one way or the other.
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 08:34:52 AM »
If one earns my respect, then I respect that believer. I don't generally respect people I've never interacted with. My default is not to care one way or the other.

Same for me.
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2016, 09:02:35 AM »
I can and have respected believers. Not for their belief, but that is just one part of them. People are not binary and no one is defined by just one thing.

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 05:24:04 PM »
A  50 or 60 some thing black man showed up at my garage sale today. He was wearing a Tee shirt (this is Florida) that had religious overtones.  I engaged him in respectful conversation. He was proud to tell me that he had been a junkie until he got religion. God did not want him to be as druggie. It worked for him and I was most congratulatory that he had found his way out of the hellish drug culture, nine years clean..  You bet your booties that I respected that man. Never mind that his fix was a concentrated belief in Jesus,,, perhaps a mythical invention. It worked for him and I damned well respected that he is a first class citizen.

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2016, 04:28:13 AM »
There are many who earn my respect, most of them don't talk about it a lot.  The ones who stand in the streets shouting are rarely impressive.

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2016, 05:12:54 PM »
I respect individuals. That respect is based on a lot of things. And, I can't help but think of my formerly Christian self. A lot of my opinions and actions have not changed. I just don't happen to believe in the supernatural any more. Does that mean I was not worthy of respect before?

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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2016, 05:01:58 AM »
Depends on the believer.
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2016, 02:03:17 PM »
Depends on the believer.

Ditto.  Pretty much all I ask is that people try not to be assholes, and succeed most of the time (we all screw up now and then).
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2017, 12:12:29 AM »
If someone shows me respect, I return it.
And vice versa.
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2017, 12:35:24 AM »
If I send you $10, will you respect me for one week?
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Re: Do you respect believers?
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2017, 01:41:02 AM »
If I send you $10, will you respect me for one week?

Make it $1000 and I'll think about it  :)
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