This question appeared in my Quora feed – “Why do many atheists attack and offend Christians?” Gone are the days when I might have taken issue, trolls will fish, but I won’t bite. Can’t say why I hesitated, all I know is Connor Cuevo’s answer filled the screen – https://www.quora.com/profile/Connor-Cuevo
Connor Cuevo describes himself as a good Christian, this atheist defines him as a decent human being. Ponder the words of a good Christian –
I’m a Christian here. I also know many atheists.
Have atheists ever scoffed at us when we helped the poor and downtrodden in their affliction?
Did they mock us when we cried, asked the Lord for forgiveness, and resolved to be better people?
Were they spiteful when we were generous with friends and strangers?
Do they attack us when we forgive someone who has wronged us?
Are they offensive when we act with humility, giving glory to God?
When we sought to bring peace, or tend to the sick, or feed the hungry, or visit the imprisoned, or bury the dead, were they hostile?
I have never known an atheist to do any of these things.
I have known atheists to be critical of us, typically when we:
Hoard wealth in our churches.
Justify our sinful behavior.
Shut out and oppress other groups of people.
Lust for blood with impunity.
Boast and act ostentatiously.
Do little or nothing to combat structural violence , systemic poverty or rampant illness.
Be guilty of all these things and still try to impose our “wisdom” on others.
If you are a good Christian, you will probably never get any trouble from atheists. You may even get praise.
In all honesty, I have found that atheists are the most effective force to guide, counsel and affirm Christian values ever devised!