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Lord Yupa

"Don't convert me!!!"

In all honesty, if someone came near me and proclaimed to be a devout Christian, I would prolly run the other direction. ;-)

In fact, the first thing Jehovah's Witnesses do when they catch you at home, is say that they're not here to try to convert you. Of course, they then harass you for the next three months attempting to convert you. (My apologies to any Jehovah's Witnesses, or anyone else I offend, as it's not intended. However, the situation described here isn't exactly uncommon, and I actually have a friend who was forced to get a restraining order to get a Jehovah's Witness to leave him alone. There's something seriously wrong with that.)

You are wise to be wary of someone like me. I may just be a snake oil salesman who has dedicated his life to converting everyone to Christianity.

Except, for one important thing...

I'm not. ;-)

I haven't given anyone much reason to believe that yet, though, so I don't expect the benefit of the doubt. I will say once again, though, that I truly am not here for that.

Most of the time, followers of non-traditional religious tend to be a great deal more fun to discuss religion with, because in my experience, they tend to be a more open minded, more open to discussion, and less likely to fall back on, "The [Insert Religious Text Here] says that so and so is true, so it is, and I'm not going to talk about it anymore."

And it is definitely important to remember that when people think they are right about something, it's hard for them not to be pushing beliefs. When discussing religion, you are quite often talking about things that most people have very strong beliefs about.

It's very easy for the discussion to become an argument, and I will readily admit that I'm as often at fault as not. I greatly enjoy religious and philosophical discussions and debates, and I love to challenge people, and their beliefs, as well as be challenged in mine. (Not so much to change their beliefs, but simply to try to understand why the follow it. I've found this a great way to learn and evolve my own belief system, as I can't count the number of times I challenged someone on a specific point of their faith, and received answer which then influenced me. ;-)

Comments

Re: Jehovah's Witnesses?

That is amusing. ;-)

In all honesty, I don't think it's the specifics of the religious ideology that Jehovah's Witnesses follow that upsets people...

The thing is, part of the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses is that they must convert X number of people in order for them to receive 'salvation'. (I don't know the exact details, but it's something like this.)

For this reason, they're usually really pushy, and tend to visit people repeatedly in an attempt to convert them. It's really annoying to deal with them sometimes, as you really do have to be almost rude before they'll go away.

Either that, or show them tattoos and nipple rings, it seems. <g>