I personally don t see them in a negative light. It may be because I have insight on this that some may not. I am Christian, but my adult son is atheist. Some think that because someone is atheist that they are self centered, non caring individual who lack good morals and sense. Sad but true. However, this isn t the case. Likewise all who say they are Christians, are not practicing what they preach. Stereotyping is never a good thing to get caught up in. My son, mentioned earlier, doesn t believe in God, but he is not a bad person. Will this gain him salvation? Probably not. For one to be pleasing to God, he/she has to not only acknowledge existence but live our lives in harmony with God s will and purpose to the best of our ability. This includes showing love to all people and not pre-judging them.