Member Rara Avis
it amazes me how people can continue to try to push their beliefs on others when it is so clear to me that by doing so, they push others farther and farther away from even taking a look at various religions with an open mind.
if people really want other people to consider their faith as truth and explore it since they truly believe it holds answers and solace, then the best advertisement they have is their own lives.
i frankly find it very disconcerting to be told by anyone that the way they believe offers the only true answers to life's struggles and journey ....and believe me, Christians are not the only group who profess this... this type of rhetoric is prevelant in many groups, from eastern religions such as Buddhism to western religions such as Mormonism and 7-Day Adventists.
If people really want others to listen to the tenets of their faith, the best way to go about it is to simply live their lives in their own communities and among their own family members and friends, showing that their lives reflect the value of their faith, both in their character and the way they handle struggles in their lives and deal with other people.
When people preach to others, trying to convert or convince them to believe the way they do, ESPECIALLY if their lives reflect less than positively back on their faith, it is like watching a poorly produced ad on TV for a product you're not interested in.... the louder it gets, the more likely you are to turn the channel.
thanks, serene-one... i needed to vent today.... later, i'll be back to write a little gripe on an entirely different subject about my take on fakes, phoneys, frauds, pathologocial liars, and manipulators if i ever can uncross my eyes (i bolded that because i didn't want anyone to think i was referring to this same topic about religious tenets... text is so much fun.. i need to be clear because this is the internet and text is all we have and i'm rambling again) ..... lol... a little plug...go ahead, change the station.. oh and btw, you may not know this but my faith is Christian, but i'm certainly not going to push it on you or anybody else but i would also like to encourage you to be just like me and be open minded to discover the value in all spiritual quests and faiths because i gaurantee you, you won't be sorry...!!! rofl.. hehe... geesh... but anyway, you don't have to if you don't want to ... rofl.. and you don't have to read my upcoming rant, either, because i trust you will make the right decision on your own to read it or not and i may not even write it after all, because maybe i just did!
peace, love, happiness, and the continued freedom to speak your mind
[This message has been edited by doreen peri (02-19-2002 03:06 PM).]