Are all Christians narrow minded?

There is a common argument or jab that the agnostics and atheists like to throw out towards Christians and that is the statement that Christians are narrow minded.  Before I talk about my view on this let me give you a couple definitions:

Narrow minded: Lacking tolerance, breadth of view, or sympathy; petty.

Open minded: Receptive to new and different ideas or the opinions of others.

So are Christians narrow minded?  My answer would be that yes some of them are, but there are many open minded believers as well.  Just like with non-Christians—some are open minded and some are not.  The same could be said for the argument that Christians are unintelligent.  I would say that yeah some are but some are very intelligent.  Again, just like non-Christians. 

Lacking tolerance, breadth of view or sympathy—sadly that does describe some Christians but it describes many atheists and agnostics as well.  When I go on to a youtube video about anything to do with the existence of God the comments are slammed with people that are not tolerant at all to the theist view.  It’s their way or the highway.  This is not open mindedness, but they are the ones constantly saying that Christians are so narrow minded. 

With me I have viewed myself as being an open minded and optimistic person.  I believe that it was my open mindedness that led me to go on a spiritual search.  Being open minded and optimistic gave me the idea that there could be more than what this world has to offer.  God forbid I go on the spiritual search and actually find something.  Then once I have found something I get thrown into the narrow minded category?  It doesn’t make sense to me.   

A truly open minded person in my opinion is a person who is honest enough with themselves to investigate each conflict of interest from both sides.  An open minded person tries to really get a feel for both sides of an argument before siding.  But… they still side eventually so does this make them narrow minded once they’ve sided?  Of course not!  Before becoming a believer of God I read science books and studied evolution.  I still like watching documentaries on the Big Bang theory and of different theories of our existence.  I have weighed out the evidence from both sides and in my honest opinion the evidence for the existence of God far outweighs the evidence against Him.  There are unanswered questions on both sides—the theist and atheist. But I do believe there are more unanswered questions on the disbelief in God side… and if we believe in God His word constantly reminds us that He sees the full picture and thinks on a level that we cannot even start to understand.  (Prov 3:5) (Isaiah 55:8-9) (Job 38) (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)

I guess what I’m trying to get at is that the whole narrow minded argument of an atheist or agnostic toward a Christian doesn’t work because by definition with their rejection of the Christian faith they are being just as narrow minded as the Christian would be in rejecting their views.  What it comes down to is we all have to share this world.  So lets try to be respectful of both views no matter what side you’re on.  I think one thing both sides can agree on is what Jesus said was the most important commandment of all—to love one another.

-I Want To Believe In God [dot com]

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6 thoughts on “Are all Christians narrow minded?

  1. ljh65536

    Those are some great points. I’ve been having a series of discussions with a friend about what it really means to be judgmental; Jesus goes for a long rant in Matthew 7 that I like to refer to a lot. For years, I’ve explored trying to see if it’s possible to either prove or disprove the existence of God objectively, and have eventually come to conclusions similar to yours; I’ve concluded that it’s not really possible to definitively prove or disprove Him. After all, we wouldn’t be able to have faith without the lack of ability to prove Him, would we? I think it’s the element of trust that defines much of our relationship with God; that’s why He created humanity.

    The difficulty for me becomes in not passing judgment on others who haven’t yet (or may never) get to my conclusion. I think a point you were alluding to is that really, Christianity is all about loving others–if we ever care more about proving to others that “I’m right and you are wrong,” than we care about respecting the other person (regardless of whether we agree with them), then we’ve fallen into a bad place.

    The real practical question becomes: how do we have an opinion (faith), share it with others (evangelism), but not have them feel we’re “shoving it down their throats” (love)?

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    1. iwanttobelieveingod Post author

      Hey thanks for reading and great comment. I agree its very hard figuring out how to share our faith with others without them feeling we are shoving it down their throats. When we use words like “truth” then the non-believer immediately says narrow-minded. We say “no we believe what Jesus said” and again they say narrow-minded. It will be a never ending battle. We are instructed by Jesus to share our faith but more importantly we are told to act in love. We need to check ourselves as believers to make sure our intentions are led by love and with the guidance of The Holy Spirit.

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  2. curiouscatlady

    I agree with a lot of what you said! This time last year I became a Christian, and have since found a world of some of the most intelligent open minded people ever… BUT there are plenty of narrow-minded Christians too. It’s the same on both sides! Thanks for your post, all I can say is, keep searching! 🙂

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    1. iwanttobelieveingod Post author

      Thanks for commenting and for the encouragement. What an interesting journey we are one! I’m coming to realize there are many different seasons in our walk with Jesus. May the Lord bless you and let God be magnified through your life!

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  3. visionfudge

    It’s a very narrow-minded thing to say that all Christians are narrow-minded 🙂
    The truth is this: Christianity is very exclusive, but at the same time it’s very inclusive…
    Exclusive in that Jesus Christ Himself said in John 14:6 that there is only one way to God – and that is through Him. But inclusive because ALL are welcome – regardless of your sex, race, nationality or political leanings… YOU.
    We produced this very short video clip (90 seconds) some time ago which tackles this very issue:

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  4. Robinson

    Even though a majority of Christians are narrow-minded, it would be wrong to say that it applies to all. I know many Christians who say that if you don’t believe in Jesus, all your righteousness is meaningless. I find it completely ridiculous. Some even dare say that if you don’t believe in Jesus, you are going to hell. Most Christians think that all other religions are “false” and Christianity itself is true. But that is a wrong attitude and it doesn’t help gain any converts. Instead, it turns people AWAY from Christianity.

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