Would you accept others trying to hard - sell a religion to you?

United States
April 21, 2009 4:35am CST
I am living across a church. Some church members were sent out to do door to door visit. I don't have a religion myself, because I am atheist. For the past few weeks, these church members knock on my door, and ask if they can come in for bible reading, or share their thoughts on christianity. I was too tired to hear that, plus I am too busy myself. I simply refuse their offers. What about you, would you accept their hard - sell efforts?
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10 responses
@Galena (9123)
21 Apr 09
I hate it when people hard sell religion. can it HONESTLY convince someone to change a sincerely held belief? and if they convert so easily surely they'll do so again the next time something new comes along. I tell them I'm perfectly happy with my religion, which I've given a great deal of thought and searching to throughout my life, and in the unlikely event that I ever seek a new path, I'll do my own research, and give all religions equal consideration, including theirs.
@bird123 (10527)
• United States
25 Apr 09
If religions were made by God, they would always add up. Get a list of questions that they can't answer.Of course, you might have a fight on your hands instead of a friend but interaction creates learning for all.
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
I always refuse and tell them that I have read the bible myself and don't need further explanations because I can read and I'm not a moron.
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
I also live near a church and there are a lot of these people knocking on our door trying to sell their religion to us. There are times that they would be asking for some donations. I never entertained them and try to say an alibi to them as much as possible. Its really annoying. I have other things to do during the day which is more realistic than their so called worhsip activities. I have lost one part of my life just because my mother was a believer in those religious groups and its really a shame that I didn't fulfill my dreams because of that.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
22 Apr 09
I accept people's opinions and religions as long as we're having a discussion and not an argument. I think that's the problem when most people sit down and start to talk about religion they start to argue and the conversation gets heated because everyone just wants to prove that they're right. But none of us are really right it's just what we believe in to be true hopefully one day we can find out the truth though.
@photobug (157)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Be polite, but just say, "no thank you, I'm not interested." There's no need to explain why. Then shut the door and lock it. If someone from the SAME religious organization comes again, ask them to "please remove your address from their list." Why should we feel obligated to listen to someone who wants to preach to us? If you feel sorry for them, ask for a brochure and tell them you'll read it but you don't want anyone else coming by. And if that doesn't work, you can put up a sign on your door that says, "no soliciting of any kind". You can usually buy small signs like this ready-made. CAUTION: The church members are trying to preach and gain new members, but wouldn't this be a great way for someone to gain access to your house and then rob or hurt you? All they'd have to do is carry a Bible or religious pamphlets and go from house-to-house. I'm sure they'd find someone to let them inside.
• United States
21 Apr 09
What are you afraid of? What if it's true what they are saying? I'd want to know. But I don't like anyone trying to sell me anything.
@MAllen400 (830)
21 Apr 09
I belong to the Church of England but we still have people like Johova Witness come to our door. The thing to say is that you have your own beliefs. This does not always make them go away though. I have said before to them that I am sorry but I have peas cooking on the stove until I done it a third time, months apart, but they said to me have we caught you again with peas cooking! Believe me they have good memory. If you have neighbours get a warning signal arranged so that you can know when they are coming. This works too.
@derry123 (611)
21 Apr 09
I have a great Evangelist church that I belong to and love all the things we do together . I dont feel to happy when another church knocks at my door to preach to me, I politely tell them I have my own church .. I think your Spiritual life is your affair and you will make your decisions considering what you see and hear around you in your own time ..
@katsalot1 (1619)
21 Apr 09
You could put a sign on your door as someone suggested. I usually just say that I am perfectly happy with the beliefs that I have thankyou, then shut the door. What really annoys me is that some churches seem to make getting converts into a competition for members.