this is actually one of the dumbest questions i have ever seen on here, that aside, when choosing friends, their religion is not going to matter at all. you are not somehow better than them just because you believe and they dont, all people are sinners, and we are all in this boat together, so its best we help eachother. seriously, this is one of the few times i actually agree with @truthisobvious up there, he said it in a sarcastic way, but i'll be blunt here, religion shouldnt really matter much when choosing friends. if you think that all people who dont share your religion, or are atheist, are going to hell, you have a serious issue, while its true that the only way to the Father is through the Son, if one fails to believe in this life, through God's eternal mercy, they will most likely be given an opportunity to make up for that in the next, God judges us individually, not on the wholesale, what this question could be changed to, and imply, is the question "is it okay to have close friendships with black people, if you are white?". and that my friend, is not a question that should ever be asked, or even worried about.
You should have friends of all kinds. The world is full of people of different beliefs. If you really want to get along you should accept and try to understand. It doesn't mean you will believe any less. Often times it will strengthen your own belief.
It doesn't really matter. I'm an atheist and my best friend is christian. She knows I don't believe in god, but she doesn't really care. She still believes in him and we've been good friends for 3 years.
What constitutes an "unbeliever"?? Technically speaking we are all born unbelievers and then taught to believe.....so in that sense we were all unbelievers at one point.....also, the purpose is to spread the word, not keep it confined to believers only.....so the real question is "is your faith strong enough to hang out with unbelievers?"......
You should have the freedom to be friends with whomever you choose. People that say they follow jesus and the bible, (if that is your belief) Have forgotten that he dined with thieves, and prostitutes, even when he wasn't preaching to them. One was even his girlfriend. Exclusion is what he fought against in the temples.
If you don't have friendships with unbelievers, why would unbelievers ever want to believe like you do? If I felt like I wasn't good enough to be your friend, I would think that I'm not good enough to be part of your religion. As far as "close" friendships, I guess that would be your call. I would like to think I could be a good friend and a good example.
It doesn't matter. This is truly the dumbest question on here. It's like asking is it okay to have Saudi Arabian girl friends just because they cover their faces with something. Of course it's okay! Stop being so judgmental!
Pontes, I think this is yet another inappropriate question that makes you sound very isolated in your knowledge and experience. Would you ask if it is okay to have friendships with black people, or white people, the disabled, Jews, homophobes, gays, lesbians, Haitians, Russians, people with tattoos, teenagers, short people, or those who wear glasses due to poor eyesight? Of course not because it would be very clear that your racist soul was showing. It is showing. Stop your racist agenda against atheists please. Your seething animosity against nonbelievers is offensive. You are embarrassing your own community.
The bible says to Love all mankind. And it says to treat everyone the same. Like even your enemies. But it also says not to have fellowship with children of darkness. Meaning your not to run or hang out with them.
2 Corinthians 6:11-18
11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open.12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
"I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."
"Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 18 I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.
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There is a need for caution. To remain close friends with someone, you need to share that one's interests and values. If you forge close friendships with people who don't adhere to your scriptural beliefs and standards, such association is bound to affect your conduct. (Proverbs 13:20) Be cordial with your peers. Learn to communicate well with them. However, resist the urge to let your speech and conduct conform to your friends. Instead explain to them why you choose to live by bible standards.-2 Timothy 2:25.
A friend of mine had a dream about a mom who's kids were at our kids school. The dream was that she was from out of town and she was suppose to be friends with her. Her dream was correct. We became friends with her. She was an athiest ( her husband was a Christian) we felt we were suppose to be friends with her and just love her. I think we need to be this to all people. :) but, it's okay to be selective on whom our really close friends are.
Look, its got to be your choice. Most of my family are, well, partial believers, & they are loud & boisterous. Most believers probably wouldn't dine with them, but man, I love who they are, they are my friends, my confidants. I feel comfortable around them, they know me & I know them.
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To remain close friends with someone, you need to share the same interests and values as that person. If you become close with people who do not share your same spiritual beliefs and standards, your conduct is bound to be affected (Proverbs 13:20)
The Bible is quite clear where our close associates should be, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 gives clear direction, Verse 14 says "do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers",
God has not changed over the years just because society has changed. He still wants his congregation to remain clean.
Jesus was a great example, His main focus was helping people. In Matthew chapter 9:9-13 the Pharisees observed Jesus reclining at a table with sinners and tax collectors, when asked about this Jesus said "Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do." So Jesus' association with them was to help them gain a healthy relationship with God, not just hang out. It is obvious, we are supposed to help others come to know God, being careful, though, that our beliefs are not tainted by ungodly views. Discernment is necessary.