If there really were more of those people then I don't think there would be so many problems. But most 'non-believers' seem to get the interaction with the ones that are not like you and Speed, and yeah, it does shed a very bad light on the group as a whole.
Exactly. You are judged by the company you keep. If you choose to be a part of a congregation that belittles, berates, and tries to guilt someone into becoming a Christian, then are you not just as guilty? I've left many churches because of that.
I've studied Christianity as well as other nonChristian religions. I worked with a Muslim man who had all the 'Christian values', except that he wasn't Christian. He was devout in his faith, loved and provided for his family, was devoted to his wife, didn't believe in violence for any reason, was respectful of other religions, and was one of the most gentle men I have ever met. We used to spend our lunch hours talking over the differences and similarities between our two holy books.
In the Koran, Christ is seen as a prophet, just like Mohammad. He isn't heralded as the Son of God, but He is awarded the same status as any devout prophet who has made a difference in the world.
The Old and New Testaments of the Bible really do have inconsistencies. But if you're a Christian, did not Christ say that all that came before is swept away? Which means as Christians, we can look to the Old Testament for information
, but we're supposed to live as Christ preached in the New Testament.