Can we live at peace with all men? Here's a quote from my favorite movie "The Outlaw Josey Wales" where Josey (Clint Eastwood) says to Ten Bears "Governments don't live together people live together..." I know it's just a movie but these few words say quite a bit. I think when we meet a stranger we tend to like them for whatever reason? Maybe that reason or reasons are because we don't know if that person is a liberal or a conservative. A Christian, Jew, Muslim or Atheist. Whether they like the Lakers or Celtics.
If an Atheist likes(?) or can at least put up with Believers and live in peace with them, that is a good thing. But for the Christian to put up with others including Atheists that should be imperative. Now most of us have a circle of people we all know and care about. And some of those people are on our list because were related to them or we've just gotten to know them over time, and although they might be different than us and maybe not have the same outlook on life as we do, we still care about them... because they are in "our" circle. But it's not always so easy to care about those people who are way different than we are when they aren't in our circle.
But whether someone is inside or outside our circle it shouldn't matter to the the Believer. Romans 12:18 "If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men". This is probably a little easier with those inside our circle? But sometimes those we are closest to are the ones we are the least peaceable towards because the people we are the closest with can actually "hurt" us the most. But how do those people who hurt us see the Lord in a Believer's life if we can't maintain peace? Hebrews 12:14 "Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
Even tho I ignore some of your questions and don't always say the kindest things, you all are in my circle. Peace multiplied. feeno