Is it okay to preached the Bible at public places?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
October 18, 2009 5:19pm CST
Last Friday while riding a bus from work, three well-dressed people stand-up and begin preaching the Bible. As the bus is too noisy, the man speaking cannot be heard that much. While the two other guys are busy talking to their seat mate. These kind of teachings is not new to me because its like an everyday scenario for me as a commuter. They have even explained that preaching the book of God is done in any places. But I'm just curious about what myLotters about this idea, Is it okay to preached the Bible at public places like buses, plaza, or markets?
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14 responses
• United States
19 Oct 09
Why not. A dose of the Bible can be a good thing for both believers and non-believers. Some people are so use to seeing believers who preach the Bible that they don't even notice them nor want to. If its an interesting speaker I will listen. I thirst for the knowledge within the Bible and if its someone with a great speaking voice that commands my attention I am so there with them listening because see I do not attend church. I will sometimes pick up the Bible and read it, other than that I don't mind others' calling to preach the word of God in public its nothing new. God wants that anyway.
• United States
19 Oct 09
you should really find a church, it will only help you.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
19 Oct 09
Hi fulltank, no I don't think it should be allowed at all as is disturbing other people who may not wish to listen to this. Trapped on a commute and being preached at is really not on at all, what if one was trying to read a book during the commute, or have a quiet conversation with a friend, or just trying to put oneself in work mood. If they can go around banning other things in public places, like smoking, then the same rules should apply to everyone. I'm all for freedom of speech but no one has the right to preach at others against their will.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
Banning public places as a place of worship or bible teachings would violate the basic law of separation between religion and state. but Religion nowadays often get into the politics, then your suggestion would be a great one.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
Part of the religious freedom, I think, is the free exercise of religious beliefs though this freedom is limited by law. As long as it does not violate any existing law then I don't see anything wrong with preaching in public places. The only thing that I find strange is how can they preach when no one seems to be listening. I've seen this people myself and it seems to me that they are not interested if people understand or not, the most important thing for them is to be able to stand up and say something whether listened to or not. There are times that I pity them especially the much younger ones, I feel their enthusiasms are misplaced and should be used somewhere more productive. Usually asking for donations after the preaching is not legally allowed unless they obtain solicitation permit from DSWD, this has already been made clear. enjoy life!
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
I would agree with you. Sometimes they just talk and talk like they already memorize every part of their preaching speeches. First heard that a solicitation permit is needed otherwise its not legal. Thanks for the input.
@BART78 (2933)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
..yah it's ok...as long they are not showing some baskets or bags. but what i hate most is when they get on the bus and start preaching and shouting while holding the handbar of the bus, they are like monkey screaming, and they are annoying espl. if you trying to get some nap....one time a driver advised the preacher if he want's to preach, pay your fare so that if accident happen you are entitled for insurance in our company, the preacher just drop off, and there's another situation when the preacher is really shouting so loud to get the attention of the passenger the driver can't hear if a passenger is asking to pull-over, so the driver turn his stereo so loud then the bus turn to jungle, i took off the bus co'z i can't stand the noise....
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
They usually call it "love offering". I don't mind giving them my extra coins every now and then. They can be annoying too, sometimes. But i have to bear in my mind, that I have to respect other's religion, too.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
Hi Fulltank, Personally, I don't think that it should be allowed as unlike radio or TV, you can't turn it off or change channels. There are more than 30,000 different denominations within Christianity, so how do you know what you are listening to? Some people will say that it's fine but they would be the first to complain if they had to listen to the Koren being read every day. I don't think that anyone should be allowed to preach to a captive audience and that's exactly what they are doing. Blessings.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
You have a point. I don't even knew what religious group those people belong too and never invited them to have a talk with me. But still I have to respect their belief.
@afarrell1 (261)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I think a bus is taking it to far. Some people just get over zealous. Of course they are supposed to go out and preach the gospel, that was one of Jesus' mandates, but it has to be done correctly so as not to turn people off. 1. They should Never be asking for money. You give at church on Sunday, not to the street evangelist on Monday. 2. They should not be preaching en-mass that just seems to me to be too pushy. We are taught to approach people individually and ask if they have a minute to talk, not to hold a captive audience of commuters. Our branch of the evangelical tree doesn't even go door to door anymore like some do. It just seemed like to much of an intrusion. but if we come up to you at the park and say hey have you got a minute, I'd like to talk to you about God's love and the plan he has for you, if your response is to keep walking great; if you stop and we have a dialog, fantastic.
@Chipog (19)
• South Africa
19 Oct 09
I would actually recommend anyone who wants to preach the gospel to do it in public places. I believe in public places thats where you would find new converts unlike in churches were the majority are already repented. You might thing that people are not listening to you because they are not paying attension when infact they do consider whats being preached. The only problem is that a lot of people won't admit encountering the pesence of God in public places because of pride. However if you were to visit them in private places were no one can see them, you would be suprised how preaching in public places helps them.
@varnum11 (77)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I do believe these men have a right and should preach the gospel that Jesus preached. I don't think these men should be just preaching the Bible, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news that God sent His Son into the world to forgive men and women of their sins. The Bible can be confusing and needs to be studied. The good news is enlightening and should be proclaimed to the world. Some will hear the good news and except it and others will not, but there should always be a voice available, and not prohibited, to proclaim it. The gospel should be free and no one should profit from it.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
19 Oct 09
If I have to put up with people on the bus who smell, snore, take up too much room, have bad breath ot talk endlessley to strangers about their personal lives or loudly on cell phones, I guess a little preeching isn't too much to add to the list. Here in the U.S. it is a right both to freely practice and profess one's religion and to speak freely. To stop these people form doing this is a violation in some ways of both of those rights. Unless of course it gets TOO lud or distracting in which case it should probably be refrained from.
• United States
19 Oct 09
doesnt bother me too much - i let them go about their business.
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
I hate seeing preachers in public places because usually they are just there to collect money from people. What angers me is that these preachers use the people's kindness to fool them into giving the preachers money. There may be some preachers who have a good intention, but I have yet to see one.
@ruths77 (21)
• Australia
19 Oct 09
I know it's their right to do what they want or believe as long not force other people to listen or follow their belief, if they really would love to spread or share their belief they should more show it through their lifestyle and their contributions to other people no matter what what religion they have and without judging.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
19 Oct 09
No it should never be allowed (althogh nothing we can do about it), I have no problem with anyone's beliefs but I don't want it shoved in my face at every street corner
@mynestegg (520)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
If you believe in it enough, I don't see why they should not be allowed to profess their faith or to "evangelize" and sort of recruit other people. It's just annoying if you have a contradictory belief or when I feel like they are exploiting this preaching thing and is using it to get money. They usually hand out these envelopes to put money in while they 'preach' and I find that this irks me. I remember writing down one time asking them if they are sure they are doing God's work by asking money in return for what they just did. I know its 'donations' but I don't remember the disciples in the Old or New Testament days doing this.