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  • I don't think anyone should base their friendships on what religion the other person is.
  • Absolutely. Noone ever agrees with their friends on every single topic, and as long as people can approach the issue maturely and sensibly, there's no reason at all why it should get in the way of a good friendship. After all, most people still enjoy the same activities, and people can easily agree on other important topics. I'd even go so far as to say it's helpful to have friends who disagree with you about such issues, as it helps keep you grounded. Isolating yourself from people who disagree with you just leads down a nasty path.
  • Well, renowned atheist Richard Dawkins is good friends with retired Bishop Richard Harries of Oxford. That would seem to be an example which those on both sides can follow.
  • Sure. In real life, all the time. And looking at my Friends list, here at AB too!
  • Of course! I am atheist, my best friend is Christian... one example of probably millions.
  • Absolutely, I don't judge a person by their beliefs, and I don't push my beliefs on other either.
  • I hope so ... having a broad circle of friends can only enrich our lives .. and maybe even enlighten us to appreciate our differences.
  • Of course it is - I don't even know the religious beliefs of half my friends; if your life doesn't revolve around religion it tends to take a backseat when choosing who to get along with......
  • OH PLEASE!! Fu*k off with the labels.
  • Real Christians can be friends with anyone. Unfortunately there aren't many of them.
  • Yes, although I find it quite sad that we even need ask ourselves this.
  • Yes- my wife is Christian and I'm agnostic.
  • Yes, but only if both are able to live and let live.
  • Of course...as long as it's the fundamental nature of the friends to respect differing opinions in general, including the differing opinion of their friend, be it on religious issues or otherwise. There's far more to a person than his/her religion...or lack/absence thereof...IMHO. P.S. I love ya, Jadey! :-) +5
  • Yes, people can be friends if they have differences in beliefs. I have friends that are either Agnostic or Atheist. Now - if they were to be Satan's Worshippers or a part of the KKK then that's a different story.
  • Of Course, Why Not???????????? I don't even know why I'm answering this and giving you +5 Man. Peace, Jonathan
  • Yeah, I have friends that are atheists.
  • Yesss I know handly any chrustians apart from my family so all my freinds are athsists.
  • Why would religion have anything to do with friendships?? If both people are respectful of each other, they both can agree to disagree, be aware of each others borders, and respectful of each others feelings. Friends should do these things all the time, so it shouldnt hurt that religion is added.
  • I have good friends who are Christian. But I would say it's impossible to be friends with an evangelical or fundamentalist religious person.
  • Of course. I have Atheist friends. It's all about mutual respect for one's beliefs and who they are as a person. I have no desire to convert or be converted.
  • Of course. Do you think Jesus would answer no to that question? Our love for others isn't to be conditioned upon their beliefs.
  • I am willing to but they aren't
  • One of my best friends in the whole world is a Christian. Granted, she pretty much become my friend by default and I probably wouldn't be friends with her if I had not been friends with another person (atheist) first, but still...
  • I understand from the parable of the good Samaritan that Christians ought to be kind compassionate and loving to all that are in the path of our life. But I also understand from the New Testament that Christians have the light of Christ and that there is no concord between light and darkness, the believer and the unbeliever. Therefore, since I believe that both are true at the same time, i conclude that we ought to love atheists, but never forget that until christ returns there is a spiritual war going on. We mus choose sides. If we are neutral or luke warm, we may as well walk away from Christ. +5
  • absolutely
  • Of course, it happens every day!
  • Absolutely! Many of my best friends are Atheists. We have a lot of fun teasing each other about how irrational and unreasonable our respective belief systems and world views are. And if it hits a nerve we apologize and back off. After all it's better to be in relationship than be right.
  • Of course! I listen to "Sunday Night" talks with Father Groeschel on Catholic tv, and he talks about all his atheist friends, who also watch his show on tv. He says they are the nicest, most caring people and is always complimenting them on their charity work. I don't know any atheists, but I know plenty of Christians who act like hell, as well as some nice ones.
  • Why not? I can foresee many lively discussions about religion, OR it being totally ignored. Just because people are of different faiths, different races, different backgrounds, different economic experiences, different whatevers, doesn't mean they can't be friends.
  • Yes and they can even be brothers.
  • Yes, I myself am an atheist and most of my friends are Christians, also my whole family are really religious.
  • Sure...what's religion got to do with it?
    • Jenny_Rizzo
      In your dreams. I only became your AB friend cause I felt sorry for you, not that you were friendless. LOL http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/3508465
    • Jenny_Rizzo
      Another *Facepalm*
  • No reason not to be friends even some Christians aren't friends. Friendship is not based on beliefs.
  • Yes indeed. Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners. Matthew 11:19 "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at Him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds." In today's world with so many Christian denominations, Christians don't even get along with their own. In fact, Christians argue more with each other about which teachings are accurate and which are not. Examples: Jesus is God, The Trinity, Eternal Salvation, Hell, etc.
  • Absolutely yes, you ;might just be the instrument to bring that atheist to Christ Jesus
  • Yes. As long as the atheist respects your beliefs.

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