What makes some religionists want to convert others to their particular ideology and belief
system, even going to more extreme length, believing that they are saving others?
Because they feel that their religion is of the remnant church/faith/religion that follows the truth of the Bible. As long as a person follows the truths of the Bible, they should be respected to congregate with whichever they choose. Some churches/faiths/religions believe in Saturday as the holy day and others believe in Sunday.
I always think it's because they think I'm too stupid to figure out what I believe on my own. And since I'm not too stupid, the conversation never goes well.
It is built into some religions. The Mormons for example have to go out and try to convert people to their beliefs. They come under the mostly harmless category of this sort of thing. In the case of a Mormon it is what you do. If you don't then you are not a Mormon but something else.
There is the better life after death to consider. The three largest religions in the world have that. Also the notion of saving souls rather than lives.
During the Crusades there was a saying: 'Kill them all and let God sought them out.' In other words if Christians are mistakenly slain they'll go to heaven which isn't a bad place to be and the rest can go where ever.
In some splinter groups of the main religions there is the notion of converting the 'other' by means of the sword, the bomb, etc. They, the 'other' die realizing they were killed by someone wielding the superior faith and so instantly convert and are in a sense saved. Strange? Mystical nonsense? You bet. But there are those who do believe in it.
I do not think anyone should try and persuade others to follow a religion they think is the only one! This is a personal choice and at the end of the day all religions believe there is a god and they should have freedom of choice to follow their own
I agree with you but, as I have stated, with some religions such as the Mormons it is part of their belief system to convert others to their way of life. Some believers are fanatics and so kill non-believers, etc. Not my idea...their idea!
If you heard a really awesome song would you want to show it to someone else?
If you saw an amazing movie, would you want to watch it again with a friend that hasn't seen it yet?
I have found an amazing religion and I want other people to have the same experience. I respect your beliefs and I won't force mine on yours. If I ever do, it's not intentional, but I do like to share my beliefs with others.
Several Bible verses in the New Testament order Christians to spread the Gospel. The Book of Acts is specifically about this, and the most of the New Testament is letters the Apostle Paul wrote to the various new churches throughout the south Roman Empire. The sooner the Gospel is spread throughout the world, the sooner the Second Coming of Christ, and every convert won will be a star in the converter's crown. Those who do not spread the Gospel may risk missing out on heaven.
Some Christian denominations, like Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, take it more seriously than others. Seventh Day Adventists used to do door-to-door canvasing, but not so much anymore. Before SDAs inflict guilt on themselves, I'd like to quote from Matthew 7:16 - "By their fruits, ye shall know them". Which of the three have the best reputation? Which has the worst?
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