How do feel about people approaching you to join thier religion?

Singapore
June 19, 2008 4:24am CST
I will be very frank. I was waiting for a friend at a train station. There were 2 young teen girls looking at me. They approached me and asked me "In your words, What is the meaning of life". I looked at them and was wondering what the heck. After chatting they asked wheather i would like to come to thier church. I told them maybe. I asked them "What is the meaning of life?" , their answer was "jesus". I am not a racist or agianst any religion, but i do think what they are doing is wrong. As anyone of had such events happpened to you before? By the way that was not the only time.
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8 responses
@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
If they don't really mean any harm then I have no problem with that. But just as long as they don't force me to do anything then im fine with that
• Singapore
19 Jun 08
But the whole idea is too get you to join them.
@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
If you don't want to then don't. Go on and leave.
@nadams80 (77)
27 Jun 08
I personally do not like it. I had people from a local church come to my home in th eevening on a weekday to preach. It was most inconvenient. I am not Christian and don't have anything against the religion, but it I find it is always christians approaching me about their religion. I do my own reading on different religions.
• Singapore
29 Jun 08
Such things are happening around the world. People like us who have already expressed that we do not like it at all. But than they just do want to give up. Hopefully there would be away to get them to stop.
• India
26 Jun 08
Hi LilyPad, luckily no one has approached me that way. But they have tried a more sensible method. They distributed leaflets saying that they were conducting a meeting for women. There was no mention of religion in the leaflet. I went out of curiosity thinking that it was a secular affair, and when I got there, I was really annoyed to find that it was a prayer meeting of the "Disciples of Jesus." Well if someone walked up to me when I was waiting for a friend at a station and asked me about the meaning of life, I would think they were nuts. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
• Singapore
29 Jun 08
You got the meaning of life question. I got that many times, ho boy that does piss me off. Sometimes i just listen and forget. But i wish there was a way to make sure they do not approach you.
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
19 Jun 08
LOL OmG I have such low tolerance for that silliness....I remember YRS ago when I was living in Toronto a group of Scientologists tried to recruit my gf and I....I really think its foolish for starters and secondly if you REALLY THINK ABOUT IT...when a religion or church needs to "recruit" others, what is that REALLY saying about that religion or church? Cause to ME its just showing that its either not well liked or shady....
• Singapore
19 Jun 08
Arrrr..scientologist, i forgot about them. There is a group online that calls themselves anoymous, and are rebeling the scientologist. But sometimes i feel that its really up to people to think before they join such organisations. I could not believe it when tom cruise join them. Sometimes it is frightening to know there are such things happening when there are bigger problems in the world to worry about.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
29 Jun 08
It all depends on how people are trying to convince you of their believes. It's not a problem if people talk about it or even try to convince me, as long as the respect my boundaries and if I say 'no', it's a no and move on to someone else. I do dislike it when people are hanging around in malls and are trying to get people joining in a mass; I don't think that's the way it works. People that are really interested and spiritual don't walk around the mall wondering were to find faith and hope, they go searching for a church or religion that suits them theirselfs. It's all about the respect and letting people be that do not intend on joining. From their point of few they are doing a good thing and want to help out people by giving them the greatest gift of all, as it helps them through life and it gives them hope and faith. That's wonderfull, but they have to take no for an answer if someone really doesn't want it. No matter how great your gift, you cannot force it upon other people.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I don't like it at all and yes it has happened a lot to me. I've been stopped on the street and had them knock on my door. It is intrusive, really. I'm polite to them and usually they don't push too hard. I just don't like it. I have my own personal beliefs and I don't go up to strangers and just interupt them and hold them up to fill them in and spread my word. I'd like the same respect but they think they are right and so what are we going to do?
@littleone3 (2065)
19 Jun 08
If that was me i would have told them politely that "Im sorry but i don't believe". I have done this in the past and the people have just said "Thank you for your time" and walked away. Like you i have nothing against religion but it is not for me.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
19 Jun 08
I hate it when people approach to try to get me to join their religion. I consider this harrassment, especially when I say I am not interested and they continue to talk to me!