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Re: Missionaries
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2013, 09:32:00 am »
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I think that people going around TELLING me about their god are probably the WORST salesmen out there.

If you want to convert me, do it through actions.  Show that people of your faith are inherently wiser/better/something.  Give me a reason to BELIEVE that your religion has something more to it.

If all you've got is "we bother people when we feel like it!" you're a CRAPPY salesperson, regardless of the product!

 
That's supposed to be a big part of it, too. "Preach the gospel at all time - use words if necessary" is an oft-cited quotation, mis-attributed to St Francis of Assisi. I just much preferred the doing to the saying, myself...
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Re: Missionaries
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2013, 03:21:29 pm »
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I have more respect for the type of missionary who goes to some remote area to help build a school, a hospital, or otherwise actually help people in the area and thereby spread "the word" among people who probably have not heard it.


I feel the same way.

As long as they don't insinuate that only people of their religion who do such things are to be considered 'good'. Too often i've heard someone's actions discredited because they did not do it for a religious purpose. To me the reason behind the action isn't as important as the action itself. I've been argued with over that before though. My mother-in-law would say the complete opposite.
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Re: Missionaries
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2013, 06:26:01 pm »
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To me the reason behind the action isn't as important as the action itself.

Strong agreement.
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Re: Missionaries
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2013, 09:33:33 pm »
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What you said about it being a sort of offering is an interesting thought. I would think it is definitely considered as being a service to their God. My in-laws are Jehovah's Witnesses and they use the phrase "we're in service" when they go door-knocking at the weekend. They do it almost without fail every Saturday morning (not too early luckily for the people whose doors are being knocked on ;) ) and they really gain a sense of fulfillment after embarking on their little routine. I am very glad that they enjoy what they do so much--especially my mother-in-law, who doesn't get to socialise with people very much.

Having said that, I've had a few people come knocking on my door that have thoroughly pissed me off because this is my house and if I say hello-thankyou-have-a-nice-day-please-leave-now then you should respect those wishes and leave me the hell alone. There's being a little intrusive (as door-knocking can generally be thought of as being) and then there's being down-right pushy. I like to think that my in-laws would never fall into the latter category but I have no way of knowing that...it would be rather awkward if they started knocking on my door for anything other than a social visit that's for sure.

Which makes me wonder what their God would prefer. The respectful 'let me just leave these magazines for you' or would it be the pushy end of the scale...hmm.

 
Two Jehovah witness came to my door when I lived up North. I was kind to them, as I'm that kind of person, but they didn't speak English so I shook my head and closed the door.

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