Sometimes, people disagree. Sometimes, people disagree and one of them is wrong. Sometimes, people disagree and everyone involved is wrong.
For those of us on this board who are followers of Christ, we should not be surprised when others show up here and disagree with Christianity/the Bible. Remember, before most of us became followers of Christ, we were "enemies of God" as well.
Did you know that there are atheists in this forum who are pretending to be Christians? We all know about the open atheists, of course, but did you know about the pretenders? They are here searching for answers, but keeping quiet because they're too afraid to ask the questions. So they watch, they listen to how we interact with each other, and they form opinions.
I wonder what they see?
I'm not calling anyone out, so I won't quote, but I will tell you the kinds of things I see. I see followers of Christ who call each other names. I see followers of Christ who use biting sarcasm to try to win an argument. I see followers of Christ who use these same tactics on those who openly admit that they disbelieve the Bible.
What message does that send?
Of course we're going to disagree with each other. Sometimes an issue isn't clear, and all we have to go on are opinions. Sometimes our opinions are wrong. Disagreements are a natural part of the learning process, but how are we handling those disagreements?
John 13:34-35: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 15:12: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." And in case they missed it, in John 15:17, He says, "This is my command: Love each other."
We will disagree; it would be silly to think otherwise. Sometimes, we will be wrong; that is also silly to think otherwise. The million-dollar question to keep in mind, however, is this: How are we handling those disagreements? Are we demonstrating that Christ is alive and well within us, and that He desires, more than anything else, for people to place their faith in Him? Are we demonstrating that He died for everyone, not just the "good people"? Are we demonstrating the grace that has been so lavishly bestowed upon us?
This isn't meant to be heavy-handed. Please understand that I am just as guilty with my sarcasm and anger as others. Sometimes it's been in the distant past, a few times it's been right here in these forums, and I'm sorry. It was uncalled for.
The animosity towards each other has to stop. The animosity towards those who are non-believers has to stop. People are dying and going to Hell, plain and simple, because they are rejecting the Love of their Creator. How much are we contributing to that?