Trying hard to have people change their religious belief
November 1, 2011 3:16am CST
This one observation I made when we visited my father's grave in a memorial park somewhere in Quezon City. At the entrance were people distributing religious tracks explaining that what people doing (visiting their deads) are against God's teaching. I just wonder how could these people have the nerves to tell those people that it is a bad practice and they will be condemned by God. I think they have no respect for our religion and practices and blatantly telling us to change our ways. If they want other religion to respect their belief they should first respect other that do not belong to their group. This is just an observation made during All Saints' Day Nov. 1,2011
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1 Nov 11
Hi EdnaReyes, You hit the nail right on the head when you said that one should respect other religions in spite of their strong faith and devotion for their own. This happens to be the key to interfaith harmony. Every religion emphasizes on human improvement, love and respect of others. So, honoring one's own beliefs and condemn others is not the way to happiness. I hope these track distributors will keep an open mind and will not pull a stunt like this in future.
1 Nov 11
I'm not in their side but if those people who distributing such leaflets are bible based beliefs I'll telling you that they are correct because "All Saint's Day" is purely human tradition. Only problem of them (those people) they did not respect what the ritual doing by the Roman Catholic but in truth they have a point from the bible.. only their practice are wrong and untimely...
1 Nov 11
I am of the view that religion should be left to the individuals preference. I believe in God and I pray sincerely. there may be others who are not believing in it. Similarly all Saints day was celebrated as per traditions and those who are not believing it should not disturb others. If they distribute leaflet ok-- it is for the those who read to accept or reject. have an excellent day.
1 Nov 11
I thought that they just want to recruit on their religion but explaining that its a wrong doing is crossing the line. Paying honor, respect and prayers on their grave is a tradition. Actually anytime we can visit them but at least its a holiday so relatives from other places can have at least a simple reunion on the cemetery.
8 Nov 11
You are right, we should all respect other peoples beliefs. Jehoba witnesses (that's how I know them here) do that in my counrty, although it is forbitten by law. When you tell them that you will call the police ,they stop. But if you let them go on they will do whatever they can to make you go with them. I recently had a very bad experience. Not that I had any problem, but it was bad for them. I just had some fun. I went in a store. The owner is a Jehoba witness. She started talking and giving me leaflets to read. I go it at once an started making jokes. I told her that what she was doing was bad for business. She drives people away. She just kept going on about her stuff. I left after having some fun with her. I know one thing for sure, obsession for her religion cost her at least one customer.
2 Nov 11
Unfortunately, not everyone really respects or understands one's religion especially here in the Philippines. I also don't know what kind of indoctrination these people are going through because it is one thing to stand up for what you believe in and another when you try to shove it on people's faces. And it's kind of comical because these people feel that they are being persecuted for their actions, such as the one that you encountered. I find people who flock to such religions as hypocrites, especially those who lead them. They preach of so many morals but actually are breaking each and every one of them. Religion has always been a source of power and even wealth. I remember that my Dad used to joke when we were kids that if we wanted to become instant millionaires, all we had to do as kids was to pretend to see the Virgin Mary or some kind of Saint, pray over water and claim miracles. It is an ironic joke but it was kind of entertaining for us kids that time.
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2 Nov 11
hi ednareyes I hate that. why cannot people respect others religions instead of trying to change them?I respect all other religions here at mylot and expect to have my own religious beliefs respected too.They need to stop doing that and just respect other religions and leave them the hell alone.We all worship one God and in out own ways.