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Old 10-22-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Southern NC
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It is just a question that needs an answer.
You simply cannot answer a question about something that does not exist.
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Do not work to pass your beliefs onto people that are not interested. Do not knock on strangers' doors, uninvited.

LIVE IT....just live what you believe, smile at folks, engage those that you can discern will welcome it, and in the natural course of conversation of course share your beliefs, but not! in a "teaching,preaching" manner.

Relax, let these things happen naturally, making small comments that come from your sincere heart.

Any other way actually defeats one's own desire to spread their own "gospel."
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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There are many words and expressions to describe it: evangelizing, preaching, witnessing, sharing your religious beliefs, trying to gain new converts, saving souls ...

... it all boils down to an activity called proselytizing.

Do you engage in it?

Have you been a target of proselytizers?

Do you approve or disapprove of it?

Let's have an intelligent and respectful discussion about it.
I do not have a problem with anyone sharing his religious views with me. To me it is no different than sharing poltical and/or philosophical views.
However, once that individual talks to me trying to impose his views, being arrogant, or putting down my views, etc. than the conversation ends and I tell them why.
If someone is pushy after I tell them I do not have time to talk or I want to end the conversation, I tell them they need to stop immediately.

I know that the Bible do tell them to share the Good News with their fellow men and to me they are following what they think is a requirement from God. Somebody preaching to you is no different than someone making a pass at you. You either say yes or no and expect people to respect your wishes.
Where I see a problem is that many people do have an aversion and even disdain with religion and often they are not upfront and come up with all kinds of objection regarding proselyticing when I reality it is no different than someone sharing his views with them. I have seen many of these people being nice to others that share anything else with them but once they hear religion the fangs come up and go for the throat. I get a kick out of them. In many instances they despise people preaching and they are doing the very same thing on their side of the issue. Take care.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I cant resist repeating this one here.

There was a knock on the door this morning.

I opened it to find a young man standing there who said:

"Hello sir, I'm a Jehovah's Witness."

I said "Come in and sit down."

I offered him coffee and asked "What do you want to talk about?"

He said, "Beats the crap out of me, I've never gotten this far before."
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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You simply cannot answer a question about something that does not exist.
I can answer trivia questions about the Star Wars Universe..... does that count?
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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I cant resist repeating this one here.

There was a knock on the door this morning.

I opened it to find a young man standing there who said:

"Hello sir, I'm a Jehovah's Witness."

I said "Come in and sit down."

I offered him coffee and asked "What do you want to talk about?"

He said, "Beats the crap out of me, I've never gotten this far before."
LOL - good one!
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Proselytizers tip me off immediately: insecurity with their beliefs!

No one enjoys standing alone with their thoughts! It can be a scarey place to be!
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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This morning for the first time I found an evangelical tract on my doorstep....It began with these words, "You need to be saved, for the wages of sin is death", followed by a bunch of threatening clap trap from the bible.

I sure wish I had seen whoever deposited this filth at my door, as I would very much like to have a word or two with her/him...
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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This morning for the first time I found an evangelical tract on my doorstep....It began with these words, "You need to be saved, for the wages of sin is death", followed by a bunch of threatening clap trap from the bible.

I sure wish I had seen whoever deposited this filth at my door, as I would very much like to have a word or two with her/him...
They got the last word in, though.... leave 'em and run!
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: southern california
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well the old testamenet is full of such judgements and predictions.
but it does not take a great holy man to see when people have become evil slothful and deadbeats. predicting the results of this behavior is not a psychic phenomena.
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