No. Nor do I consider them Christians.
Though I am agnostic, I have read the Bible many, many, many times. And the Bible speaks about love, acceptance and kindness FAR more than it preaches against homosexuality, and there are hardly any verses about hate. Though I do not believe he was the son of God, I believe Jesus Christ to be one of the most inspirational and kind individuals who ever lived.
People who preach hate in Christ's name are not Christian. By being hateful, they are rejecting Christ and everything he stood for. Christ was not a hateful man. He was a healer, a lover, and a brother to all men and women. Those so-called "Christians" who think Jesus Christ is on their side in hate are wrong. Desperately wrong. And I do not call them Christians. Christianity doesn't just mean that you believe in some robed, bearded guy floating in the sky: it means you believe in him AND follow him.
I do think they hurt Christians in general, though. It's VERY easy for a lot of people to assume that all Christians are awful, hateful people based on meeting several hateful people. Sadly, they end up being the loudest. When many people think of "Christians," they don't think of loving, peaceful people... they think groups like Westboro. And those people DO harm the Christian cause. Yes, it's wrong to stereotype Christians based on those hateful ones, but for many whose only experiences ARE with those hateful ones, I can understand.
I do not believe in Christianity--or any other religion--not because of these people. I am not a fan of ANY religion because I personally find it rather illogical, but I do believe there is beauty in religion (when not used hatefully) and I still consider myself a very spiritual person in ways different than most. I am open to the possibility that Christianity could be real, but my conception of what God would be is very different from any idea set forth. I don't really "reject" Christianity, but more just... don't find any compelling reason to believe in it over others.
· 1 decade ago