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Old 10-22-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Convertism

Today I picked up my Hindu Indian friend from a job interview at the train station. She has been sick recently, and was just in a bad mood. She saw a new church on the corner and started complaining about it, how Christians are annoying trying to convert every peoples they encounter. I was not offended, as I am Christian but not religious at all but it was interesting...

Thinking back to history, many denominations of Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism try to convert people all the time. Forcefully too!

Me personally, I especially noticed the teenage recruiting phase in high school...I was almost apart of that, but I did it mostly for the social atmosphere. But even in college at University of Illinois I had not been a fan of those guitar strumming "Praise Jesus" student organizations...just plain culty and forceful...I lost friends who got absorbed in those groups.

I know Islam is the fastest growing religion (I think) but yeah...why do Christians convert, convert, convert and somewhat impose religion on other peoples? Mostly their conquered in the past, but in new mediums today still.

just sayin!
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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I would need to do some background checking to give you an exact verse from the Bible, but if I remember correctly, it says somewhere in the New Testament something like go forth and proclaim the gospel of Christ.

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Old 10-22-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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To save their souls.

To reduce the number of agins, in ferus or aginus.

To increase revenue.
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:52 AM   #4
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Switch places mentally for a few moments.

If you believed in an eternal life after death, and that a person's religious belief and actions in this life determined whether they spent that eternal life in heaven or hell ... given those conditions, what would be the rational and compassionate course of action?
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:31 AM   #5
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those who aren't/weren't Christians will/would burn in the fires of hell hence one needs to go out and save souls.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:00 PM   #6
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Reminds me of the anti-abortion poster showing Ronald Reagan pointing a .45 at a pregnant woman saying "You'll have that kid, or I'll kill the both of you."

Then again, there is always "Kissing Hank's Ass"

This morning there was a knock at my door. When I answered the door I found a well groomed, nicely dressed couple. The man spoke first:
John:
"Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."
Mary:
"Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."
Me:
"Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss His ass?"
John:
"If you kiss Hank's ass, He'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, He'll kick the shit out of you."
Me:
"What? Is this some sort of bizarre mob shake-down?"
John:
"Hank is a billionaire philanthropist. Hank built this town. Hank owns this town. He can do whatever He wants, and what He wants is to give you a million dollars, but He can't until you kiss His ass."
Me:
"That doesn't make any sense. Why..."
Mary:
"Who are you to question Hank's gift? Don't you want a million dollars? Isn't it worth a little kiss on the ass?"
Me:
"Well maybe, if it's legit, but..."
John:
"Then come kiss Hank's ass with us."
Me:
"Do you kiss Hank's ass often?"
Mary:
"Oh yes, all the time..."
Me:
"And has He given you a million dollars?"
John:
"Well no. You don't actually get the money until you leave town."
Me:
"So why don't you just leave town now?"
Mary:
"You can't leave until Hank tells you to, or you don't get the money, and He kicks the shit out of you."
Me:
"Do you know anyone who kissed Hank's ass, left town, and got the million dollars?"
John:
"My mother kissed Hank's ass for years. She left town last year, and I'm sure she got the money."
Me:
"Haven't you talked to her since then?"
John:
"Of course not, Hank doesn't allow it."
Me:
"So what makes you think He'll actually give you the money if you've never talked to anyone who got the money?"
Mary:
"Well, He gives you a little bit before you leave. Maybe you'll get a raise, maybe you'll win a small lotto, maybe you'll just find a twenty-dollar bill on the street."
Me:
"What's that got to do with Hank?"
John:
"Hank has certain 'connections.'"
Me:
"I'm sorry, but this sounds like some sort of bizarre con game."
John:
"But it's a million dollars, can you really take the chance? And remember, if you don't kiss Hank's ass He'll kick the shit out of you."
Me:
"Maybe if I could see Hank, talk to Him, get the details straight from Him..."
Mary:
"No one sees Hank, no one talks to Hank."
Me:
"Then how do you kiss His ass?"
John:
"Sometimes we just blow Him a kiss, and think of His ass. Other times we kiss Karl's ass, and he passes it on."
Me:
"Who's Karl?"
Mary:
"A friend of ours. He's the one who taught us all about kissing Hank's ass. All we had to do was take him out to dinner a few times."
Me:
"And you just took his word for it when he said there was a Hank, that Hank wanted you to kiss His ass, and that Hank would reward you?"
John:
"Oh no! Karl has a letter he got from Hank years ago explaining the whole thing. Here's a copy; see for yourself."
From the Desk of Karl
Kiss Hank's ass and He'll give you a million dollars when you leave town.
Use alcohol in moderation.
Kick the shit out of people who aren't like you.
Eat right.
Hank dictated this list Himself.
The moon is made of green cheese.
Everything Hank says is right.
Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
Don't use alcohol.
Eat your wieners on buns, no condiments.
Kiss Hank's ass or He'll kick the shit out of you.
Me:
"This appears to be written on Karl's letterhead."
Mary:
"Hank didn't have any paper."
Me:
"I have a hunch that if we checked we'd find this is Karl's handwriting."
John:
"Of course, Hank dictated it."
Me:
"I thought you said no one gets to see Hank?"
Mary:
"Not now, but years ago He would talk to some people."
Me:
"I thought you said He was a philanthropist. What sort of philanthropist kicks the shit out of people just because they're different?"
Mary:
"It's what Hank wants, and Hank's always right."
Me:
"How do you figure that?"
Mary:
"Item 7 says 'Everything Hank says is right.' That's good enough for me!"
Me:
"Maybe your friend Karl just made the whole thing up."
John:
"No way! Item 5 says 'Hank dictated this list himself.' Besides, item 2 says 'Use alcohol in moderation,' Item 4 says 'Eat right,' and item 8 says 'Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.' Everyone knows those things are right, so the rest must be true, too."
Me:
"But 9 says 'Don't use alcohol.' which doesn't quite go with item 2, and 6 says 'The moon is made of green cheese,' which is just plain wrong."
John:
"There's no contradiction between 9 and 2, 9 just clarifies 2. As far as 6 goes, you've never been to the moon, so you can't say for sure."
Me:
"Scientists have pretty firmly established that the moon is made of rock..."
Mary:
"But they don't know if the rock came from the Earth, or from out of space, so it could just as easily be green cheese."
Me:
"I'm not really an expert, but I think the theory that the Moon was somehow 'captured' by the Earth has been discounted*. Besides, not knowing where the rock came from doesn't make it cheese."
John:
"Ha! You just admitted that scientists make mistakes, but we know Hank is always right!"
Me:
"We do?"
Mary:
"Of course we do, Item 7 says so."
Me:
"You're saying Hank's always right because the list says so, the list is right because Hank dictated it, and we know that Hank dictated it because the list says so. That's circular logic, no different than saying 'Hank's right because He says He's right.'"
John:
"Now you're getting it! It's so rewarding to see someone come around to Hank's way of thinking."
Me:
"But...oh, never mind. What's the deal with wieners?"
Mary:
She blushes.
John:
"Wieners, in buns, no condiments. It's Hank's way. Anything else is wrong."
Me:
"What if I don't have a bun?"
John:
"No bun, no wiener. A wiener without a bun is wrong."
Me:
"No relish? No Mustard?"
Mary:
She looks positively stricken.
John:
He's shouting. "There's no need for such language! Condiments of any kind are wrong!"
Me:
"So a big pile of sauerkraut with some wieners chopped up in it would be out of the question?"
Mary:
Sticks her fingers in her ears."I am not listening to this. La la la, la la, la la la."
John:
"That's disgusting. Only some sort of evil deviant would eat that..."
Me:
"It's good! I eat it all the time."
Mary:
She faints.
John:
He catches Mary. "Well, if I'd known you were one of those I wouldn't have wasted my time. When Hank kicks the shit out of you I'll be there, counting my money and laughing. I'll kiss Hank's ass for you, you bunless cut-wienered kraut-eater."
With this, John dragged Mary to their waiting car, and sped off.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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I would like to participate in this thread but I can find nothing to really say about it.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:01 PM   #8
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I'm waiting for the anti-Hank to be introduced so believers will have to raise a million dollars for Karl with which he'll fend off the anti-Hank to protect their futures. Of course, Karl will leave town saying that he got a million dollars praise be to Hank and the believers will rejoice.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #9
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AFAIK, the Jews are the only major religion that make it extremely hard to convert, and don't really want converts at all.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #10
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I would like to participate in this thread but I can find nothing to really say about it.
Now that we've ascertained what the answer to the original question is (and it's fairly simple), unless the thread starts to drift (which let's face it shouldn't be hard), there really isn't that much more to say.
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:05 PM   #11
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Now that we've ascertained what the answer to the original question is (and it's fairly simple), unless the thread starts to drift (which let's face it shouldn't be hard), there really isn't that much more to say.
Don't challenge me to drift this thread in front of the children.
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Switch places mentally for a few moments.

If you believed in an eternal life after death, and that a person's religious belief and actions in this life determined whether they spent that eternal life in heaven or hell ... given those conditions, what would be the rational and compassionate course of action?
The trouble comes when the zealots feel any means justifies the end. They tend to coerce, rather than present their case.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:04 AM   #13
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AFAIK, the Jews are the only major religion that make it extremely hard to convert, and don't really want converts at all.
Really? I saw on the back of a ChicagoReader a big classified that says "Judaism?" and a URL
lol that's all.
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Don't challenge me to drift this thread in front of the children.
Once the kids are in bed, what's the problem? As long as we're quiet so we don't wake them...
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Really? I saw on the back of a ChicagoReader a big classified that says "Judaism?" and a URL
lol that's all.
Their push is to draw jews that have left the fold, back into the coffers synagogue.
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