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Missionary 06-24-2007 04:21 PM

tread closed
 
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Tartan34C 06-24-2007 04:45 PM

Tom you said,
ďMany of us are ChristiansĒ

Many if not most of us are not. In some parts of the world spreading the faith can get you killed or at the very least put in jail. Visiting a country as a guest means respecting the local customs and beliefs and trying to convert the locals may be considered bad manners. After all, if they are religious they probably consider their religion to be the one true word of God.

I was brought up with the understanding that religion was an accident of birth. If you are born into a Jewish family you think thatís the answer but if you are born into a Moslem family or Christian family then thatís the one true religion. If it works for you then fine and I have no problem discussing the different religions but donít start out preaching.
All the best,
Robert Gainer

ccriders 06-24-2007 05:17 PM

Proselitizing
 
And that is exacty correct Robert. Are Christians willing to listen to me tell them about the one true religion?
John

USCGRET1990 06-24-2007 05:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Missionary
Many of us are Christians and were given the Graet Commandment to Go Into all the world and share the good news about Christ. It is so much fun and enjoyable to share Christ with someone who if you did not share would never hear. This is not just the pastors or missionaries job, its all Christians. Or just going to a national church where you are anchored can be rewarding and a great way to share your faith with others. Having a prayer time and Bible study on your boat with other boaters where you are anchored. Visiting with other Christians in nationals homes. When Christians meet other Christians even when they don't speak the same language it is like meeting family.
Tom

:confused: Does this qualify as SPAM?:eek:

Valiente 06-24-2007 05:58 PM

What you call "sharing", I call "a needless intrusion into my time and space". What you call, or rather misspell as "a Graet Commandment", I call hallucinated marching orders no different in quality from a homeless person's street corner rant. The fact that your handle is "Missionary", to my mind one of the most destructive, bigoted and ignorant of all avocations, tells me you and your kind only find happiness in pimping for your fictional deity's illusory game plan, because you only understand fear and retribution. Frankly, if your bacon-hating, foreskin-loving sociopath of a godlet existed, he'd magically manifest to every living person, and not rely on a pathetic army of boring pamphleteers to "spread the good news" about your slave faith.

Religion, like most fantasies, should be kept private. I promise not to tell you about mine if you'll shut the **** up about yours. In the meantime, I'll be cruising...away from well-intentioned mental cases who bleat about love and compassion...as long as it's their love and compassion.

tenuki 06-24-2007 06:04 PM

Religion isn't the solution, it's the problem. I'm always happy to discuss this idea with faithmongers, so yes, please talk to me about it.

mpraca 06-24-2007 06:05 PM

Fear is the mother of all gods. Nature does all things spontaneously by herself without their meddling.
Lucretius 99-55BC

USCGRET1990 06-24-2007 06:34 PM

good gawd, I hope wombat don't see this...he'll get on a ramp about
"sky fairies" and all that mess....

toddrtownsend 06-24-2007 08:10 PM

Talk amongst yourselves.
 
I agree it is much safer to not do this in foreign countries. Besides, Missionairies have done enough damage already. "Many of us" isn't me either.

I'm sure in casual conversation, you'll find who you can talk to or not. Be careful.

TrT

SailorMitch 06-24-2007 08:35 PM

1) Shouldn't this be in the Off Topic category?

2) As a native Virginian, I am much chagrined by the Bible thumpers who have become so prominent in the state. But that's another story.

3) The only faiths I care to spread when I'm out cruising are the wind and Mount Gay rum (well, occasionally Goslings).

:)


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