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Old 10-03-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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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.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Proselytizing is a sin.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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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.
Man oh man, back in my college days I couldn't get thru any given week without five or six Jesus folk asking me if I knew the Lord. Funny thing was when I did accept Jesus, it all stopped. No one approached me askin' if I knew the Lord. Cuz I did.

How did they know? Why did it stop? It wasn't like I carried around a sign sayin' I was a Christian.

At any rate, Jesus said we need to share the Good News. So I think it is fine as long as it is done in a nice way.
Which begs the question whether anyone on this board is "shoving Jesus down anyone's throat". I think not.

As for me (in the real world), I just live my life. If people got questions, I got answers. That's how I operate.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I think it is a freedom of speech issue. People should be free to proselyte, and people should be free to respond to that speech in any way they see fit as long as laws are not broken.

I proselytized full time for two years as a Mormon missionary. I did not know at the time it was a false religion I was promoting.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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Well, we all know the joke about the native asking if he'd go to hell if he'd never heard of Jesus but was a good person his whole life. The missionary replied "Of course you'd go to heaven! Jesus won't hold it against you if you'd never heard of him."

To which the native said "Then why did you tell me?"

Moral of the story is, if what a christian believes is true, they're condemning people to hell simply by telling them about their Jesus. If their beliefs are wrong, there's no point in telling people about them. So why bother in either case?

Proselytizing is annoying, and if anyone shows up at my door or tries to preach to me at work or on the street, they're going to get it with both barrels.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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While I believe in freedom of speech it also makes me think that people who feel the need to preach to others, tend to because of lack of thier own faith. No one should be held captive & have to listen to someone preach said faith to them.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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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 think without it, there would be a better stride towards ensuring equality for a lot of people.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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"Your thoughts on PROSELYTIZING"

DON'T!
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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Gently offering, is different than intimidation or pushing. If a person starts up about religion I tell them I am a Christian and offer to answer any questions if ever they have them, period, end of conversation...however...I know people who go on endlessly bashing a political party and repeating whatever they just heard from the media not unlike some people that want to kill you with religion. What is really called for is grace, and to respect others to formulate their own convictions.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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Let's have an intelligent and respectful discussion about it.
That's not possible because those that would proselytize have already thrown intelligence and respect under the bus of ancient superstition.
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