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Can religious people and people that are not believers really be friends?

I'm talking about a real friend- not just an aquaintance. In the truest sense of the word friend- someone you love, respect, trust, and cherish?

My best friend is a baptist, and I am a Catholic. We differ on somethings- sure, but we choose to focus on what unites us instead of what could divide us. We still have the common bond of loving Jesus.

So if you don't respect someone's views can you really be friends with them- true friends? Can a Christian (or Muslim or Jew) truely respect a person that denies God?


Asked by ave.maria. at 9:24 PM on Oct. 14, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I think it depends on the people. I respect Jews because they are Gods chosin people. I have Christian Jews as friends. I would not be able to be close to people who don't share my Christian views. All of my close true friends believe and except Jesus as savior. I can be nice to anyone but not close friends with all people.

    Answer by ifollowjesus at 9:39 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • I believe they can. I know what it is to doubt and deny God, and I would never hold it against someone for not being able to see what I consider the truth. I respect them as a person for everything they are, regardless of whether we share the same opinion on everything under the sun.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 9:36 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • Yes as long as they do not bring up religion.


    Answer by louise2 at 9:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • I really hate when I forget spell check. sorry

    Answer by ifollowjesus at 9:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • Sure they can. My best friend is a devout Christian, I'm an atheist. We can discuss anything, including religion...we do it respectfully.

    Answer by DEpley at 9:45 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • i'm a jw, my best friend is catholic and we have different views on things, we talk about religion, but we're just civil to each other and I love her like crazy, we've been friends for 28yrs. so my answer is yes.

    Answer by proudmomma777 at 9:47 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • Sure. I have a tight knit little group with two other moms. One is hardcore mormon, I am mormon but waiver on the line between, and the third just isn't really religious. We are extremely close and tell each other everything. We respect each other's views and beliefs and don't push. If one is not comfortable with something then that's that. And they are two of the greatest friendships I have ever had!

    Answer by SweetPea05 at 9:49 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • yes. my BFF is Agnostic. while she doesnt deny God she doesnt accept Him either. its not a problem b/c we both accept that we do not agree spiritually. we do have religious discussions but they are never anything more than discussions. but both ppl have to be on the same level of maturity & acceptance to be true friends.

    what i dont understand is why someone cant respect someone else's views just b/c they disagree.

    Answer by okmanders at 9:51 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • best friends are pagan and im a satanist. i deny all gods/goddess and organized religion but i am still able to talk to my best friends about religion and everything also able to go to all their religious celebrations, ive never once had any problems and we've been friends for years.


    Answer by necro1134 at 9:53 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • What about 2 Cor 6, when St. Paul advises the corinthians against being connected to unbelievers?


    14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[b]? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? "

    Answer by ave.maria. at 10:01 PM on Oct. 14, 2009