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  • because every christian isnt jesus. sure he sets and example but the whole human race doesnt follow it
  • Who said that there is any hate among Christians?
  • I don't think it's hate as much as intolerance, and certianly all Christians aren't intolerant. What I find interesting is that Jesus strove to include men and women of every class. He counted among his followers women, sick people, social outcasts, tax collectors and men of different tribes. He wanted to topple the powerful and elite religious authorities and give Judaism back to the common man. Why his more findamental followers spend so much time discluding people for being different is beyond me.
  • Like any philosophy, religions fundamental purpose is to cow the masses into unquestioning obedience. How else can the elites and oligarchies keep control when inequity is rife around the world. Many powerful people pay lip service to it, as it is their most effective tool of control
  • Christians tend not to follow their own god's teachings. We have a devout Christian leader and yet he wages wars...So many Christians believe that those not of that faith orientation are going to their hell...
  • Because people are not perfect, not even Christians. But, Christians should be held to a higher standard. Christians should be a shining light in a dark world. We aren't, however. We will have to answer to that in the next life.
  • Because the people who espouse Jesus and his teachings, then promote hate are hypocritical bigots? : P Seriously, I don't care how blunt that sounds, it's completely true: If you say you follow the teachings of peace and love, then hate someone, you're a hypocrite. Taking into account what Christians usually tend to hate (Homosexuality is a good example), it usually ends up being bigotry as well : /
  • we are to love everyone, even our enemies..be humble too.. christians are supposed to endure this life, they can't stop the evil...but they are also to be "set apart" from it too...as far as tolerate..it is endure it but they have an obligation to stand up for God...but not with hate or vengeance... the israelites in old testament stuck together..were not supposed to mix with idol worshipping sects..witchcraft, astrology, etc..they were to live by the laws of the land, and observe the Golden Rule...but to worship only God..time and time again, kings(david), were led into evil by women of idol worshippers...even the israelites would worship idols, God finally gave up on HIS chosen..it did not matter what HE did, they went right back to serving gods and mixing with the ungodly... envy, hate and jealousy, vengeance are not True Christian virtues....
  • The first thing you need to understand is that what Jesus taught isn't accepted by everyone in society. This isn't the answer to your question, but I am pointing out that you ask your question as if the teachings of Jesus are followed by everyone. This is not the case. I certainly do not base my ethics on the teachings of Jesus. The reason that believers in these teachings do not follow them (and actually often do the opposite) is that humans have a fascinating ability to justify their actions in a string of cognitive illogic. Thus, we are all capable of holding one ideal very high, yet not following it at all. We are capable of holding two completely conflicting views simultaneously. The truth is that believers have been looking for all the exceptions to "love thy neighbor" and "judge not lest ye be judged" since the words were uttered/written in a spectacular effort to prevent changing themselves and their world-view, and to change the focus from improving themselves to fixing others to conform to their world-view. Christians seek out scriptures in the Bible to justify their exceptions to these teachings. This tendency is not solely limited to Christianity or Christians, either.
  • Free will.
  • Barbie got it wrong. Math isn't hard. LOVE is hard. It means putting the best interests of others ahead of your own. Who wants to do that??? Especially today, with the 'me first' attitude encouraged by every segment of society. Love is just SOOO first century!
  • Well look at this way... Let's say you bought a new car and you drove it up to the point of about 32,000 miles. All of a sudden, the car starts breaking down! The engine doesn't run as smoothly anymore and smokes, the tires get bald, the brakes are shot.. so you rush to the dealer and shout with hatred and anger.. "LOOK AT THIS LEMON YOU SOLD ME!! It started breaking down at only 32,000 miles!!" The dealer looks at you and says, Sir (or Mam) Did you change the oil every 3,000 miles? Did you get a tune-up once a year? Did you look within the "Owner's Manual" instructing you on how to take care of your new car to avoid problems like this?" The person who owns the car looks flabbergasted and proclaims, "Well, no..." The dealer looks at him (or her) and says, "Well... you reap what you sow." Now you are stuck with a broken, worthless car and whatever consequences that will come out of the lack of attention you paid to it. You will be stranded without transportation. Hatred and blame spreads through towards the dealer because of the somewhat "cocky" answer given to you instead of "REAL" help! Hatred then spreads some more, towards the car company that manufactured the car and the people who built it. Then that direction of hatred becomes short lived after finding out that they can't do anything for you because of the lack of care you provided. Then you get fired because you couldn't make it to your job without a car, so now the hatred becomes "refilled" again because it is now time to hate your boss. WHY didn't my boss UNDERSTAND! Then you lose your house or apartment because you can't make payments without a job. Life is so unfair! Time to hate the mortgage company or the landlord for not giving you a "break". Your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend leaves you because of your attitude, anger and hatred, time to hate them too thinking of their lack of support. Then hatred extends to family for avoiding you... then blame and finger pointing begins... I remember when YOU did this and that... And I HELPED YOU! It then reaches a point where they can't deal with you anymore... now you are alone, without a car, without a home and without love...now it's time to hate the entire world for the position you are in, especially that "dealer" who started it in the first place! You become so totally blinded by hatred, you disregard the realization that if you just took the proper care and followed the manual that was given to you when you bought the car in the first place, the car would've been fine and so would have everything else involved. Now reading this answer just now may seem clear as a bell to you, of course one should look at the manual! ... But now try to test yourself... Did you ever hold hatred for someone without resolving it? What has it done for you so far? Did it fix anything or make the situation better even though the satisfaction of it is short-lived? Or does it need to be refilled again and again by some new hatred? Do you have continual peace in your life while living in this hatred? Are you solemnly grateful for all the hatred you hold in your heart and can't live without it? Who did you find to hate today? Will you sleep well tonight knowing that you will never forgive or accept forgiveness from a person because you hate them so much? I know these are "hard" questions but hatred is a very powerful emotion and if one holds hatred so dear to them and in such high regard, it's equally as important to bring questions like this into the "limelight", isn't it? (Getting back to the "manual") Now, the "Owner's Manual" for Christians is the Bible. If a person who is a Christian tries to adhere their lifestyle according to Scripture, that is a man or woman who has fellowship with Christ. There is no hatred within them, because they adapt their lifestyle according to Scripture... and it clearly instructs to love their enemies, and to pray for those that persecute them. One can tell when one has fellowship with Christ, and one who doesn't... just by looking at the way they live and conduct themselves. Most important, there is an actual supernatural presence within them called the Holy Spirit. Now even though they are still sinners, it is not a continuous, habitual sin. The Holy Spirit instills the need to do the will of God within them, causing them to acknowledge the sin, breaking the pattern by true repentance, accepting forgiveness, then turning away from the sin. This is an ongoing process that a Christian undergoes... In a state of repentance and forgiveness by Christ...Along with the extreme desire never to repeat the sin, making it habitual. The glory in it is once a sin is forgiven, it is done. Over. Forgotten. Though there may be regrets, there is no guilt of it anymore. And a big weight is lifted off their shoulders. Just imagine how wonderful life can be, never feeling guilt over what you did in your past! Sounds peaceful, doesn't it? How can hate grow from a lifestyle like that? But, unfortunately, there are many who proclaim to be Christians but show no evidence of this supernatural presence because they have backslid, giving in to temptation...They put their desires ahead of the Holy Spirit, pushing the Spirit towards the background, choosing so out of ignorance. And failing to look at the "manual" to put their life back in order. Maybe feeling, "Oh, I'm "saved", I'm going to Heaven. I've last repented, uh, about 15 years ago (I think), so why should I trouble myself now with praying anymore to be forgiven for my sins now, I'm already "saved" ".. Or, "I just don't have time to read and follow Scripture anymore" Or, "It's too hard to change my lifestyle" Or, worse, "It is so much easier to hate than to forgive". Then bitterness fills, records of wrongs are kept and hatred grows. When approached by other Christians who recognize the backsliding and want to counsel them, they may take it in a way of showing contempt towards other Christians instead of acceptance of their counsel. (John 1:6 ->"If you say you have fellowship with Him, but yet walk in darkness, you lie.".) Being confronted this way may make them realize deep down that hatred IS wrong and become defensive because of pride. Also, sadly, they don't like this type of hypocrisy to be exposed in them because it can be a tough nut for them to swallow when they are so blinded by hatred and pride, but, unfortunately, it's the truth. So, no longer repenting their sins, no longer reading the bible, no longer adapting their lifestyle according to Scripture, no longer listening to fellow Christians and no longer putting Christ in the center of their lives...they "break" down, giving satan free reign to dance his jig around them. And nothing pleases satan more than a backslid Christian to tempt, lure and distract them away from a close relationship with God. Circumstances of their life turns back to doing their own will instead of God's, and facing whatever consequences they create for themselves stemming from their own wrong doings. Some may even continue to profess to be a Christian to any who would listen, although it is not because they are actually living the lifestyle, but hiding behind the "title" of it. This can be extremely dangerous because they are emitting a false representation of what Christianity is all about to unsaved people when they notice the backslid Christian's actual lifestyle. After Adam and Eve, the Father gave them a choice of doing His will, or evil. The same goes for Christians. Including those that are "saved". If they have backslid, they may go to Heaven, but their judgment on how they treated their fellow man will be severe. Because "You reap what you sow". If you haven't guessed by now from what I wrote at the beginning of this, the "dealer" is God. Blessed are those who become aware of their backsliding in time, to "fix" their lives by following the "manual" and allow Christ and the Holy Spirit to again lead their hearts and lifestyle. Even more blessed is one who hasn't been saved yet but realizes that hatred wrecked his or her life too much and now wants God to enter into their lives, leading to healing and salvation! Imagine what a joy that can be to realize that the feeling of "satisfaction" from hatred is temporary, extremely destructive and never heals, and that forgiveness and love DOES heal... eternally!
  • Most people are not followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Christians are hypocrites. They don't love anyone. They are on religion the way a junky is on heroin.
    • Jenny_Rizzo
      Most so-called christians are junkies, but not all of them.
  • Cause the Christians want you to do as they say and not as they do
  • Jesus can say anything he wants to. That doesn't necessarily mean that everyone is going to listen to him. It's just like my parents can set rules out for me. That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to follow every single one.
  • The answer lies in the many facets of both human nature and an understanding of God's nature. If we assume that God is love and God's greatest expression of that love was to send his only Son, Jesus, into the world to die for the expiation of our sins, then we must intuitively understand that love is the highest ideal that any human can strive for. However, practicing love at God's level is impossible for humans and thus at best we can only try to emulate such love with our feeble imperfect attempts. That being said we were still commanded by Christ to" love one another as I have loved you." That was a commandment by Jesus to his followers and not a suggestion. We best see that expression of love by Jesus in the Lord's Prayer wherein we pledge to " forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." If human beings were perfect they could practice God's love at the highest level, but since they are not they will always fall woefully short of God's standard. Hate being the antithesis of love cannot be derivative from God and therefore must be considered the highest form of evil for it completely contradicts Jesus' admonition to love one another as I have loved you. Thus, if humans cannot practice love perfectly then there is room for evil to fill the void that this imperfection brings. But Christians who hate at any level clearly reject Jesus, whether consciously or unconsciously, when they engage in such behavior as they violate His most fundamental teaching and God's highest attribute that being love. Thus, you cannot under any justifiable circmustance be a Christian and hate and for similar reasons you cannot be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good anything and hate for it is the greatest of contradictions to say you love God and do not practice what He desires for all of us. When the day comes that humans follow the love that God showed us by creating the world and the wonderful creatures and human beings that live in it, then that day will see the end of hate and the beginning of a society where we will truly love one another as God and Jesus have loved us. Dr. Robert John Davis
  • Actually, the fact that human suffering is on the increase shows that the time for it to end is near. Why can that be said? The Bible reveals what happened in the invisible realm in Job’s day, and it does so again regarding our day. Its last book, Revelation, focuses on a conflict that took place in the heavens. The result? Satan “was hurled down to the earth” with his demon hordes. “On this account,” that Bible book continues, “be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.”—Revelation 12:7-12. A detailed consideration of Bible prophecy points to this century as the time when that event took place. As you may know, respected historians acknowledge that there was a major turning point in history in 1914, when World War I began. Since then, suffering and woes have increased. Jesus pointed to this same time period when his intimate disciples asked him about “the sign of [his] presence and of the conclusion of the system of things.” Jesus said: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another pestilences and food shortages; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.” (Matthew 24:3-14; Luke 21:5-19) These words, indicating great suffering, are having their full-scale fulfillment for the very first time in history.
  • That's simply because not "everyone" adheres to the teachings of Jesus. John 8:31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"
  • Because Jesus didn't love everyone. In fact he was hunted by the Romans for his extremist views and low tolerance for Romans and their cultural influences in Jewishness.
    • Jenny_Rizzo
      There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles. The same Lord is Lord of all. (Romans 10:12)
  • Joshua 24:15 is one of the many Scriptures that proves that we as humans were given the free will to choose between right and wrong, unlike animals who act on instinct. 2Timothy 3:1-5 gives a description of the types of people that would exist on earth today, included are “lovers of themselves” and those “having no natural affection, not open to any agreement... without self-control & fierce”. It would be impossible for us to control the actions of others, however, we can do everything possible to make sure that we as individuals do not fall into this category. Each one of us has to be resolved to maintain our integrity and obey God despite the actions of others.
  • Love and tolerance are two different things. Yes, a bit of tolerance would go a long way towards peace.
  • You are running on the assumption that there is a god and the entire globe views religion just the same as you do. That's an egotistical assumption. Everyone else doesnt.

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