Well, the Chalitzah sandal's on the other foot now. We'll turn our focus on why Christians often give atheists the cold shoulder upon learning about their lack of faith. To me, this list is much more entertaining and enlightening. ;-)
You'll find a lot of similar reasons on this list, because we are human, after all. However, there are some unique twists based on Scripture-based beliefs which really put an ugly slant on life. Here's why I think a Christian may appear to get rude to atheists based on examples I have seen:
- Arrogance: believing that someone without faith is silly, willfully ignorant, or just slow.
- Insecurity: not having a foundational defense for why you believe, you just avoid getting into the conversation.
- Anger: in a stage of recovery due to the recent loss of belief that the other person had faith. You can't understand why you didn't realize their lack of faith earlier.
- Bored: heard all of the atheist reasoning before, is still not impressed, and does not want to listen to it again.
- Turned Off(1): may have nothing or little to do with the other person's lack of belief, but the sum of the conversation thus far has made you decide the other person is not worth talking to, and you are just not a fan of perpetuating social graces.
- Turned Off(2):the atheist has found a way to belittle the belief in God and/or Jesus ten times into his or her last five sentences, and so seems a bit overzealous.
- Indignation(1): you believe that no one has the right to question God.
- Indignation(2): you see the atheist before as a representative of all atheist, and can"t abide to be in the presence of a perceived wicked force against God.
- Fear(1): you do not understand atheism so you try to avoid it for your own protection.
- Fear(2): you believe that the other person's atheist cooties (for lack of a better word) may somehow contaminate you and threaten your Salvation.
- Fear(3): you believe that the other person's atheist reasoning may somehow tempt you and turn you from God.
- Fear(4): you believe the other person is demon possessed.
- Fear(5): you believe the other person is deluded by Satan and has been turned into an agent working for Satan.
- Fear(6): with the Bible as your trusted moral compass, you are afraid that someone without a Bible compass is inherently going to be wickedly evil. Without the Bible, how do they know what is right and what is wrong?
You probably noticed the heavy concentration on fears. Fear is one of the by-products of this kind of faith. Whether or not this fear is justified on an accurate interpretation of Scripture is up for debate, but to deny that these fears are spawned from some parts of the Bible would just be a lie.