Spiritually speaking, am I a bad person for doing this, some people actually think so?

There’s a homeless man living in my neighborhood, he’s in his lat fifties, early sixties. He’s actually wearing business casual attire, old and dirty of course. I think he was probably a victim of the recession and now has nothing left. I felt bad for him, he doesn’t seem to like panhandling, he’s quiet when he does and you can see the shame in his eyes. He’s not like a homeless person whose on the street because they’re an addict or they’re mentally ill. I decided to try and do something for him, give him some hope. I spent about twelve bucks in an Aldi and got some food items, enough to last him a little while. One of my neighbors criticized me for it. She just knocked on my door and told me she’d report me to the police since there’s supposed to be a law against giving stuff to homeless people. She was saying that it only encourages the man to panhandle more and inconveniences everyone. This is the same woman who criticizes me for not attending church, and lets the Religious solicitors into the building because she thinks I need to know more about Jesus. Adding insult to injury, a Muslim woman who lives two doors down (someone I defended once) also took offense. She sent me an email telling me that I shouldn’t be encouraging that man to be in this area. Here I am, the outspoken Atheist activist in my neighborhood, and the Christians and Muslims are upset because I gave a homeless old man food. Am I bad for this? I feel like I’ve lost what little hope I had left for humanity because of this. If I’m a bad man for helping a poor old man, then I’m damn proud of being evil.

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    17 Responses to “Spiritually speaking, am I a bad person for doing this, some people actually think so?”

    1. pǝʞɔıʍ ɥɔʇıʍ™ of the West Says:

      Nice to see ya {{{{Weirdo}}}}!
      You want I should go teach your fine upstanding, god fearing neighbors a Witch style lesson?
      Please! Can I? I haven’t conjured Toads™ in ever so long.

    2. Rokky B Says:

      I would go right to that woman door and let her know if she is ever down on her luck that I would still help her regardless of her religious bs.

    3. Richard C0ckins Says:

      "She was saying that it only encourages the man to panhandle more and inconveniences everyone. This is the same woman who criticizes me for not attending church, and lets the Religious solicitors into the building because she thinks I need to know more about Jesus."

      You’re a very evil man. You should stop being kind to those who are down on their luck, and start accepting Jesus!

    4. Pith Rosily Says:

      No, you did the right thing. I know you stated you are an Atheist, but this applies to you:

      Luke10:30-37 -In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

      “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

      The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

      Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

      JUST WANTED TO ADD THIS TOO:
      Matt.7:21-23 – "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    5. jcsaves316 Says:

      Well I dont believe it. For once, I agree with the atheist. I for one say thank you for helping. John 3:16 God Bless

    6. Gary Says:

      I’m a staunch Christian. You are not bad; in fact just the opposite. I think you should look at your theistic beliefs, but that is another totally independent matter. We all, Christian, Muslim and Atheist, are challenged with the responsibility to care for those in need. You set the example that should shame those who profess to be believers. And they, God bless them, have driven yet one more stake into the heart of the Christian movement by providing naysayers a perfect example of hypocrisy.

    7. Word Nerd Says:

      This kind of sounds like the sort of thing Christians are supposed to be doing… And then they say atheists have no morality… Hmm…

      I think you did the right thing, personally. And don’t judge all Christians or Muslims based on your neighbors’ actions. I know plenty who would have done the same thing you did.

    8. Glutton for Punishment Says:

      You are not the problem. I cannot understand these kook sometimes. Tell those busybodies to take a hike. And that lady criticizing you for not attending church? Unbelievable! Tell her this a free country, in case she forgot. Apparently she did. I’m sorry man people are just nuts.

    9. seeker of Holy God Says:

      no your are not bad for helping him

    10. Josh Steffen Says:

      Good for you, you gave the man food it good to help out a man in need. Though next time you see the man ask if about any jobs he could do and help him get a job so he will maybe some day get back in a house. Also good for you for being atheist right F**K religion because religion gets people no where right who agrees.

    11. Celes Says:

      You’re not a bad man and I hope you chewed both those women out for harrassing you. The fact that you wanted to help this man alone was sweet and sincere.

      It’s such irony that these self righteous pricks who think the world of themselves because they believe in an invisible diety and read from an ancient book would dare to criticize you for helping another human being.

      I say good for you! You deserve a star!!!

    12. Bert Says:

      The thing you’re "bad" for is making up this story.
      You sound like an out of work writer who is trying some new, and I must say "bad" material.
      I have no love for Christians or Muslims, but they do enough "bad" without you making things up.

    13. Jim Says:

      You did the right thing. If you believed in God, He would be proud of you. When you are judged, you will remember this in His presence. Come to think of it he IS proud of you. God bless.

    14. Marika H Says:

      You’re not evil, lol. You did nothing wrong, except for possibly not b***h-slapping those women off your porch, lol. You really wanna get them? Have the homeless guy crash on your couch.

      That, and put up a sign in your front yard that says, "There is no virtue in selfishness."

    15. <3333 Says:

      You are NOT bad! They should not be looking down on the homeless man. He is NOTHING less than they are. I am a muslim myself, & feel shamed by this woman you speak of. I think you did a very good thing, & you deserve to be praised for it. Not talked down on for it. This woman who keeps trying to force religion down your throat is the one that needs a visit from the police for harassing you. That’s not right, & it is NONE of her business. Just my opinion. (That i very, very strongly believe in.)

    16. Sarah Wise Says:

      That was a kind deed so, instead of worrying about those old biddies and what they had to say about your kind deed, remember the kind deed that you did and be proud of it. Well done.

    17. Patricia G Says:

      Jesus said if you give as little as a cool drink to one of mine, you will have reward in heaven.