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Old 12-21-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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I think proselytizing is childish nonsense, but it is a basic human right.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: FL
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Hmm... Now that I think about it - I guess being called stupid or being told I'm going to Hell are pretty equal to me. I know I'm not stupid and I don't believe in Hell - so neither one is going to crush me. However - I guess I would find them both equally annoying to hear.

I don't think "offended" is the right word... When people tell me that they think I'm going to Hell, it doesn't offend me. Irritates? Maybe. I guess more than that though - I just realize that they aren't worth my time. I don't respond to threats. I guess you could say that it just makes me lose respect for the person. To me - it's sort of the equivalent of saying - believe what I believe or I'll punch you in the face!!! Or better yet - believe what I believe or God will punch you in the face!!! A threat is a threat. It basically shuts down all communication for me. Why would you want to carry on a conversation with someone who tries to bully and threaten you. As far as people believing that I'm going to Hell but not talking about it - no biggie. I'm sure some of my relatives believe that but since they've never brought it up - it doesn't really matter. And if they did bring it up - I think I would find it more annoying than offensive.

I hope I answered your questions. Having a newborn and being sleep deprived doesn't really help my already scattered thinking!
Thanks for your reply. Congrats on your baby!
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:47 PM
 
Location: FL
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Possibly not. Commerce and politics are both useful enterprises.

Interesting answer. Thanks for replying to my question.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: southern california
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prediction is not always
Psychic
or crystal ball work.
telling the obvious however is very unpopular and will get u name called alot
PROSELYTIZING


is one of them.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I think proselytizing is childish nonsense, but it is a basic human right.
i don't respect anybody's right to fore their religion on me
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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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'm not a big fan of it. I never engaged in it as a Christian, and Judaism doesn't do it.

I do get subjected to it quite a bit, but it's usually away from the house. We get the occasional Mormon or JW who knocks on the door, but I politely tell them that we are Jewish and they usually leave without issue. The problems typically arise while I'm either at work or around town. I wear a kippah (a skull cap) and it raises a lot of eyebrows. Some people ask me about it and then a bout Judaism, but others seem to see it as a direct challenge. I typically can't go more than a couple of days without someone telling me I'm going to hell.

But my favorites are the "messianics" of the Jews-for-Jesus variety. They aren't satisfied with run-of-mill proselytizing. Nope, they like to come into our synagogues and prayer services so they can preach to us there as well.

And it's really unfortunate; it is possible for us to have healthy conversation about our religions without trying to convert one another. I work along side four very religious Christians, and I regularly engage in great discussions with three of them.

The fourth likes to tell me I'm damned.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I think proselytizing is childish nonsense, but it is a basic human right.
Why is it a right?
On my property it's certainly not your right.
Ever.
Under any circumstances.
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