See you say that we, Christians, are the most pushy, judgmental, etc. Still Its more common of everyone else labeling us all mindless Bible Thumpers. You say we push you to our religion, but I' guessing most who absolutely refuse to look at Christianity as a belief get that way by hearing everyone going "Oh ,they're obnoxious pushy, mindless followers of some dead guy."
No I think it's because most of them are obnoxious pushy mindless followers. I think you'll find many people don't convert because they've spent time doing research and learned the truth on their own. One of those truths being that the Christian faith is largely based on Pagan beliefs. A lot of Christians don't like hearing that, but it's true.
I feel like SR. I believe with my whole heart in my Lord and I never tried to push that on anyone, I just couldn't stand there and let you guys say he doesn't care enough to stop someone from killing themselves, or help them before they get to that place.
It is what it is, which for the most part true based on my experience. I know a few Christians that have killed themselves. Explain that one if he wasn't there to help them before they got to that place. You can't, because he wasn't.
Don't lump us all together and think Speed Racer(As much as I respect her post) is the only person that believes and doesn't shove it down your throat.
Her reply was the only one I really saw indicative of not being one of those people.
There are some crazies that claim to be Christians that kill in the name of Christ! I think this is horrid and know that God does not condone this. There is obviously a few screws loose there, because if they read the Bible the whole " Thou Shalt NOT Kill" would be a clue as to if God is actually telling them to take human life.
How do you explain The Crusades then? That was done in the name of Christ by Christians. Or the witch hunts. Also done by Christians. Yes, there are extremists in many beliefs, but for a religion that has Thou Shall Not Kill as a mainstay of the religion, there was sure a lot of killing going on.
By the way you say "The Christians" it makes me feel like I'm lumped into all of them. Good, bad or indifferent. Well "Christians" are not the only ones that can be really pushy. Last time I checked I don't remember Christians asking if someone believe in Jesus an if the answer was no, chopping off their heads without hearing anything else. Like Islamic Extremists.
You are lumped in there as I'm lumped with the rest of the 'heretics', 'non-believers' or 'insert whatever name you want'.
Now I am smart enough not to lump all Muslims into one category and say they all kill non-believers. I respect their right to worship their God in peace as much As I do mine. Why does no one address Mormonism or Scientology. Why is it that Christians get the bad rap, regardless of our INDIVIDUAL look on our relationship with our God?
Because Mormons and Scientologists weren't brought up into the conversation as Christianity was. It's the same thing. I think Mormons do more converting than the Scientologists but it may differ by area.
As an individual you are still a part of the whole. Sure there are exceptions. Whether it's Christianity, Buddhism, Paganism, Atheists to probably. But when you identify yourself with that belief, people do base it on the belief as a whole, not necessarily that you have differing views from that belief.