or should a follower of religion be preaching their beliefs on others?
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When a person begins to discuss his faith, others have the choice of listening, ignoring or walking away.. To tell you I am a Christian should not bother you. You have the option of ignoring me, asking questions, disagreeing or walking away.
I agree about imposition. Definitely nix that. But not all discussion is imposition.
We need a definition of personal. You ask me if I am a Christian who believes in God and Heaven and I say yes. If you ask me the time, I look at my watch. If you sneeze, I will say God Bless You. If you ask a question about faith, I will answer.
I agree with a lot of what you said. Why I don't care what anyone believes, it seems to be commonly accepted that religions have the right to impose their morality on society and that is just plain wrong.
i am actually surprised my comments were not deleted. Usually any one not belonging to a cult is deleted without ceremony.
If someone makes a opinion that isn't on the religious persons side they usually delete it, one would think they only make these questions to back up their own crazy, it has happened to me many times.
Brilliant parallel, Attikos. Should the Germans have kept quiet 80 years ago while tyranny grew? Should Americans keep quiet while the same thing happens in their beloved land?
surely you jest. equating religion to politics? really?
Feel the love.
Let's just burn the atheists at the stake instead of censoring them as they want to do to the religious. The world would be a cleaner place.
attikos: i am assuming by ur comment u mean anyone who is not christian as opposed to atheists. Persecution of the non religious is as old as religion itself, + obviously still present today. God is not a religion.
If those hot Medieval stakees were as aggressively hostile as today's atheists ... uhm, pardonez, non-Christians ... it's not hard to understand why they were invited to a barbecue.
attikos:I am not an atheist, but have never known one to be hostile. It is the other way around the religious are hostile towards the atheists and folks like me that refuse to belong to any organized cult.
Could preaching be different from imposing? Imposing is wrong, yes. But preaching is compassionate, for the rescue is a compassionate mission to reawaken the dead asleep children of God. Imagine a car wreck and fire.
Imposition implies coercion. You can't impose anything on anyone unless you figuratively tie him to a chair and force it down his throat. Preaching doesn't do that, it merely exercises freedom of speech. If you don't want to hear, don't listen.
When I was a school girl, every morning all students had to say the Lord's prayer and pledge the flag. This practice is no longer permitted and for good reason...it was imposing the beliefs of others on many children who believed otherwise.
do not advocate violence? apparently you have not read the bible. It is filled with hatred, sex and violence
D.William, yes the Bible is filled with violence, but not as something that is encouraged, rather it is part of historical commentary about the characters in the Book.
m.e.: the violence is shown as commands from a vengeful and wrathful God. The sex is depicted as sin to instill guilt. And the threats of violence by god are to put fear into people to control them. God wrote nothing these are mans deeds.
Beautiful, Larry. In a rescue mission, communication is vital.
One way of spreading the word, is by doing good deeds in the name of God. It does not mean having stand on a street corner to preach. The discussion among others seems to be taking the private-vs public to a level that was not intended.