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Why Convert others into your Religion

Updated on March 23, 2018
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What makes your religion different from other religions?

He often talks of religion in the way of us making religion a priority in our family lifestyle.

It is the choice of an individual not of the other person.

Conversations of religion shouldn't be spoken of to close family, and to close friends.

A topic of strong debate and can break many good friendships.

You have a choice to believe in one God, in many Gods, or in No God.

Whatever you choose has got nothing to do with the other person, or with your next door neighbor.

My life is torn between two religions and three cultures.

My story as follows:

I am Hindu and do practice the various Indian celebrations when back home with my family. Since my move to Croatia I don't practice much of my culture.

It has been a long ride in experiencing the different culture. To think of me to convert to a different religion is another challenge.

I chose to not convert to Catholic. To learn one of the most difficult foreign language, and to covert to another religion, that is a tough one to catch on for me.

We were told by the local priest to covert to Catholic I had to learn Catholicism. It would take five years before I am ready to attend church as any other Catholic.

The interesting conversations made me feel as an outsider.

The reasons for so much of corruption in this world are from most of religious discussions.

I have never been a religious person and grew into what I was told to believe in by my parents.

Hindus don't convert others into their religion but I found that Christians often force their religion unto others.

Why it that I am often is told I need to prioritize the Christian religion in our family?

I am not Christian and prefer to be the way I am.

My lifestyle does not need a change so others shouldn't try to change me.

Here is what I learned of Hinduism?

A belief in Hinduism is an open-minded society in accepting others into our society. This is with no force.

There is free thinking of the mind and others are tolerated easily.

All forms of worships are accepted in the Hinduism society.

As Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, you are in the religion, or out of it.

Most important, I learned Hindus don't force others into their religion.

Here, I am forced in some ways to make the Catholic religion a priority in my home.

I am different by culture as people are in many parts of the world. To force another into a religion is not a good idea for any individual.

Couples meet, fall in love, and marry each other to spend the rest of their lives together.

Religion shouldn't get in the way of life.

A way of life I chose and don't need anyone to interrupt my lifestyle.

I can't change who I am because they said I should make a change.

I won't be happy in another religion.

If an individual from another religion chooses to take part in an Indian festival, or function that is a different part of life. That is looked as a unique experience.

I sometimes take part in Catholic celebrations to make that moment special for me.

I learned through those experiences.

In the beginning, I felt it would be a great idea to convert to Catholic. Though after careful thought I realized the long period of five years won't make me happy.

A process to learn more of the religion would make me feel frustrated. I did not find the need to go through another ordeal. To me learning a new language was just enough.

The too many changes I had grasped with a positive attitude were more than what I had to cope with during my different experiences.

Should people try to force others to convert to their religion?

I ignore the conversations of religion.

It is a better way to write of my experience than to cause an argument directly with the next door neighbor.

I attended the local church and enjoyed the services they had there. I did feel bored!

I do understand the issue with the next door neighbor.

He is religious and wants what he thinks is right for others.

His Catholic wife is right there by his side. They attend Church together.

Religion to him and her is as a patriot is to his country.

People who have major issues with self-esteem need to have faith in what they do. Some of these people take a specific religion into their lives to feel confident.

What does religion do to you?

Religion empowers your soul or can lower your thoughts. To keep one's life in control with religion is why some people believe in religion.

You become focused when you believe in religion.

What religion does to the mind?

Religion keeps minds closed to one belief.

Your belief is sacred.

You think for yourself and grow spiritually.

When you talk of yourself as a Hindu, a Christian or any other religion, you are adding force to your mind. In this way your mind is fixed on that perspective.

The mind is then fixed on a specific religion and with one view.

His mind is fixed on the Catholic religion and wants others to be the same as he.

What is good for you is not good for everyone else.

You need to understand the opinions of others and respect the wishes of others too.

I remember attending Sunday school but did not follow up with Christianity when I got older.

I was taught different!

I don't wish to join any religion and don't expect others to do what makes them feel unhappy.

The mandatory lifestyle does not correspond with my lifestyle.

I enjoy spending time with people who connect with me regardless of my beliefs.

Acceptance is a greater part of society.

I am not accepted for who I am when in the company of a few people.

If I changed my lifestyle to correspond with others around me then acceptance would be for me.

I am enlightened by the Catholic religion and don't need more than that in my life.

In a way both religions are part of my life.

I can't ignore the fact that my son and husband are Catholic. I don't practice the religion. In between the two I have grown and learned more about myself.

I don't need permission from others to live my life.

I am capable in doing for myself and have no baggage.

I am my true self.

I won't lose my religion. I have not practiced much of it since in Croatia. I don't practice much of Catholicism.

My current belief is what holds my life together.

It is the choice I made that keeps my life in control.

Do you show weakness or strengths from your beliefs?

People become religious and are not as compassionate.

Has religion anything to do with discipline?

Are you courageous in religion?

Do you fear religion?

I am happy with my way and others shouldn't interfere with my beliefs.

Religion affects everyone in most ways.

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Truthfully Told

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

Dalai Lama

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway Thank you kindly for stopping by at my hubs. Have a super day.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      The attempt to convert and over sharing is what drives me bananas.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      pstraubie48, Greatly said! ''You do what works for your life.'' I so agree with you. thank you for sharing that.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      DDE to me your beliefs are something that you as an individual must work out between yourself and your Higher Power whomever or however you perceive that.

      To me God is my strength but that may not be the case for others. I know many will pull their hair out if they read that but having a personal relationship with God has taught me that there are so many more truths than any ONE religious sect can possibly teach us.

      You do what works for your life.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello AliciaC I am see that you understand my point here. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Religion is a personal issue. Everyone has the right to follow their own religion according to their beliefs. In my opinion, any religion that encourages people to be kind to others is valid. Thank you for sharing your experience in relation to an important topic, Devika.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Reynold Jay thank you for that special comment. Always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ozinato I so agree with you and found that too in myself as a Hindu. My family respects the wishes of others. I am glad you agree on that note. Thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      emge thank you for that I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello MsDora not every Christian would interfere but I am faced with one who thinks everybody else should be as he. I don't mind these conversations. I ignored his views made about religion. Thank you for sharing that. Always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nell Rose, I felt the need to share my thoughts on this topic. I agree with you. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Oztinato 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Hinduism is by far the most advanced religion. It's tolerance and appreciation of other religions is a light to the world and holds the keys to the future of mankind.

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      Madan 

      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Devika two religions have been on to conversion on a mass scale. They are Catholics and Muslims. You have to stop them, thats the only issue.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm Christian and I am aware that Christians in general want to convert everyone they meet. Just a reminder to all of us Christians to concentrate on living our religion, over forcing it down another person's throat.

      Devika, this is an important issue you raised here. Thanks for revealing your thoughts on the matter.

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      Jewels 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Stay true to yourself, integrity and love is an inside job. Isn't the desire to convert others a means to justify ones own decision? It has naught to do with integrity. It's all within, all of it. Great hub.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Everybody has there own religion, and nobody has a right to tell them to change, I believe in many things, and I don't believe anybody is right or wrong, in fact everybody on the planet is probably wrong! lol! interesting read DDE, and something to think about, nell

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello B. Leekley, interesting about that five years! It could be that a different approach is applied. Also, I would have learn more of the language of the religion. Any how I am glad you understand what I mean here. I am fine with the way it all turned out. Loving my life here and some people have accepted me. Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Brian Leekley 

      2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I was raised Catholic and now belong to a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation. We do not have a creed and instead democratically covenant to affirm and promote certain principles whatever our individual theologies. We believe in freedom of thought and freedom of conscience.

      I never heard before that it takes five years to convert to Catholicism. That sounds like nonsense. It certainly was not so of those I have known who converted, such as a sister-in-law and a niece. They had some conversations, did some reading, thought it over, attended a short series of classes taught by a priest, and were baptized. The whole of Catholic doctrine is explained in detail in one book, CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (which can be read online) and is based on the Bible as well as tradition. Why take five years to read and come to conclusions regarding two books?

      I agree that it is unseemly to cross the line between sharing one's own enthusiasm for a religion and pressuring others to convert to it. A conversion brought by coercion or pressure would not be a sincere conversion. I agree entirely with what you say in this hub.

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      Reynold Jay 

      2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Being involved in two religions makes you special and more understanding of religion than most. I would imagine as you age, you will discover even more than you are aware.

      Nope--wise advice, not to discuss religion at all with others and not going to start now.

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