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Atheists Preach the Good News
How the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses Do It
Is It OK For Christians (or Atheists) to Preach?
Christians have been spreading their message for thousands of years now. In the U.S.A. they have a constitutional right to worship as they please. But so does everyone under the Bill of Rights.
If it is permissible for Christians and other religions to go door to door and proselytize, then it is also the same right for non-religious people to do so. In fact, anyone can come up to your door and knock on it and try to 'sell' you their 'message'.
You also have the right to refuse to open your door to strangers, to not listen to their message and to demand that they leave your property. This goes for anyone who preaches anything. Even vacuum salespeople must leave if their 'pitch' is offensive to the home owner.
Christians seem to claim some special divine right to "spread the word of Jesus". It's in their bible. But what they fail to notice is that not everyone wants to read their bible or hear their message.
Christianity is not the oldest religion, it's not even the religion of the majority of people on this planet, although they seem to think that it is. But 66% of the world's population is actually non-Christian.
Christians do have a majority of followers in the U.S.A. But their numbers are decreasing. Most people don't go to "church" anymore, even though they claim to do so or claim to still be Christians.
So, preaching doesn't work - So Christians resort to all sorts of other means to get their foot in the door. They lie, cheat, steal and even murder. But they don't call it that, they call it by any other name that can be 'justified' by their bible.
First Amendment Rights
The 'Mandate' of Christianity
From M. T. Dremer:
"I think Christianity, as a religion, has a design flaw that leads to this kind of harassment, the one that states it's their duty to spread the word of god."
The Christian Bible apparently mandates that Christians deliver their message to the world. Since this has now been done, the mandate should stop. The message has been delivered and everyone that wants to can read the Christian bible pretty much for free.
It's available on the internet at Bible Gateway.com (in several different languages and translations). It's also available in any decent library. Most hotels provide them in every dresser drawer. It's possible that everyone on the planet has a bible available in some form or another.
How to be Happy With Your Religion (or lack of it)
Happiness is up to you! If religion makes you happy, then you have the world's permission to be happy. Happiness comes from the inside.
No one can make you happy. No one can take your happiness away. There are people that are perfectly happy to be in prison for life. The only secret is to be who you are.
When you find fault with everyone and their religion, of lack of it, and keep trying to preach to people, you are never going to be happy. Religion is a personal thing. It's not up to you to tell them how to eat, pray or love (to coin a phrase).
Just because your religion teaches that something is "an abomination", just doesn't make it so. The other person's religion may teach them that it is not "an abomination". Leave it up to your God to judge. You do not have that right. So stop doing it.
You will find that you are happier inside. If you trust your religion, then make it a habit to let your beliefs control you, not the other people in the world.
Live and Let Live
Do you think you would be happy as a preacher?
Do You Want to be Preached To?
Do you think that people should still be allowed to go 'door to door' preaching?
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What Religion Are You?
Which religion do you follow?
I recently asked this question via HubPage Q&A section, Do you believe that Christians have the right to preach to people who don't want to hear them?
The answers did not surprise me and shouldn't have surprised the nearly 700 viewers for this subject.
People do NOT want to be preached to! People do not want to hear you preach! The best answer that I selected was from Crazy Horses Ghost who said,
"For many years I was very angry with Christians and their want to spread their religion. Who was to say the Native American religions were not right."
© 2014 Lela