March 15, 2010 9:13am CST
How do you feel when people from other religions, or even other sects within your own religion, evangelize to you? The reason I ask is because I feel like a lot of people, no matter what their religion, feel insulted and annoyed with others try to change their faith. Yet the same people have no problem trying to shove their beliefs down other people's throats. My husband is Muslim and he is constantly having people evanglize to him, give him tracts, etc., even customers at his work. I have a feeling that if a Muslim were to evangelize to these people, they certainly wouldn't listen with an open mind. So why do people do it? I believe that people are completely capable of making choices about religion themselves. Instead of trying to convince other people that your religion is right, show it in the way you live. If people see you have a good heart and find happiness in everyday life, they may just ask you about your religion themselves. Instead of approaching strangers about religion, why not approach them about friendship first?
16 Mar 10
Personally, I love it. I always invite them in and make them a cup of tea. Sadly, they don't always stay long, the last lot, Jehovah's Witnesses left after an hour or so, backing out protesting that they did really believe in evolution. all the best urban
18 Mar 10
I don't have problem with it as long as they are sensitive and polite. I have been evangelised by ISKCON, Muslims and atheist. If it was in a situation when I did not have time I would ask them to leave me alone. And they have been polite. I wouldn't be happy if they insisted on listening to them even after having told them that I was busy. I think as long as one is polite it's important to engage in exchange of religious ideas.
• United States
15 Mar 10
Someone trying to force his beliefs on others can be irritating. There is this church in my city whose members used to go around to houses or people on the street and ask, "Are you saved?" I don't think there was a person in town, who had been accosted by one of these church members, who wasn't insulted. It got so bad, it became a joke. The way they put the question was more like an accusation. Because Jesus told us to go preach the gospel, I do think it's our duty to do so, but there are better ways of doing it than making the other person feel like they're going to Hell because they don't belong to your religion or church. I have no problem with someone handing me a pamphlet and saying, "I'd like to invite you to my church." They're not trying to ram their religion down my throat, but it shows that they care about my soul.