Say no to religion conversion!

Indonesia
July 5, 2010 6:52pm CST
Except when one is enlightened, doesn't feel forced and has found a lot of flaws in one's religion concept. Do you agree with this?
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4 responses
• India
6 Jul 10
Not everyone changes his religion because his own faith is in doubt; or maybe there is something in another religion appeals to him. Different people change religion for different reason. Some convert for the sake of marriage; some change it for the sake of their children. They convert may be because the lifestyle of the followers of certain religion charms them. Only few change to the religion of others because its tenets appeal to him. I am not in favor of conversion myself for one reason. By indiscriminately converting people and bringing them into the folds of their own religion, they are bringing in undeserving people. I have noticed that only people out of lower strata of the society are converted and not those who belong to affluent class. Such people of low upbringing later intermingle with the other members and bring forth progeny who spoil the rank and order of the society. For the reason I feel that everyone must discourage conversion.
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• Thailand
6 Jul 10
It is not often that a response here leaves me feeling inarticulate and sputtering but this one leaves me at a loss for words. Elitism and an unstated but underlying taint of racism have no place in a discussion of religion. "I have noticed that only people out of lower strata of the society are converted and not those who belong to affluent class. Such people of low upbringing later intermingle with the other members and bring forth progeny who spoil the rank and order of the society." What you are stating here is that you are better than others and that they should be kept in their place. You forgo any and all claims of the benefits of your religion when you use it to differentiate and discriminate against others.
• Indonesia
6 Jul 10
By no means to start a conflict nor indoctrinate, your suggestion to discourage conversion is ridiculous. In the case of converts to Islam, for instance, a great number of enlightened scientists, professors and the like will laugh at you for placing them into lower strata. You can learn how a noted American Christian minister turned to be a Islam lover here: http://www.islamfortoday.com/yusufestes.htm
• Philippines
6 Jul 10
@achilles2010: Yes, I agree. There are many reasons why people change their religion. I have a well-respected friend, we both belong to the Christian sect of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. My friends and I are both well-learned about our doctrine so I did not expected him to convert to other religion, which is Islam. His conversion started when he got a mistress. Since in most Christian churches, they don't allow us to have mistresses (having girls aside from the wife), and we consider that sin (adultery), he converted to Islam because in Islam, you are allowed to have multiple wives, so he think conversion to Islam will evade sin of adultery.
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
6 Jul 10
I believe in freedom of choice and it must be compelled by conviction. I hate indoctrination and force. I will die for my fiath and than to to be force to give up. Many faithfuls do that.
• Indonesia
7 Jul 10
I respect other's freedom of choice. Of a faith sharing, there's not a must to agree with. Thank you.
• Canada
6 Jul 10
Isn't the discussion of "Say no to religion Conversion" a religious Conversion Onto itself? Does that not suggest that you believe your religion, or lack there of, is the right path, or ... Religion. Are you then saying everyone should leave well enough alone and stay with their current Religion, good or bad? Right or Wrong? Where would that leave the ones on the wrong side of God's anger? I think you are a close minded person. and that's not an insult. It's just how I feel. Let God Judge the rest. And I hope you Reconsider your position. Right is right, no matter the cost.
• Indonesia
7 Jul 10
The point of this discussion is that I just want to know if you are in doubt of the truth, would you consider conversion - simple. Nobody has to feel like forced or indoctrinated. I don't put my religion here except as tag and as a response to any comments relating to it.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
6 Jul 10
I was born to a Religious family, and grew up as a Presbyterian. I became very involved in the church as a teenager, but soon began to find flaws in the Theology. I began to read widely, and a study of Science and Religion which I felt should be complimentary, was not. I walked away from the church, over 60 years ago. The Pastor came to my home, and called me a "Heretic," as if this would change my mind. It didn't, and I soon took up the study of Spirituality and Yoga. I found my place in God's world without Organized Religion and I'm very satisfied with it.
• Indonesia
7 Jul 10
Interesting. But are you still in the search for the truth? Please don't misunderstand this question as indoctrination. Thank you.