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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 2:30PM #21
allthegoodnamesweretaken
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Chiyo wrote:

In my city, the proselytizing Hare Krishnas and Moonies were harrassed so badly that they eventually left town. Makes me wonder why the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons have stayed?... Could it be because, they're actually seen as some form of "Christian" and are at least given a modicum of respect that is not granted toward other religions? :confused:



They're also convinced that any negative reactions they might get are to the message, not to them, and should be taken as reinforcement that they are doing the correct thing.

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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 2:39PM #22
Chiyo
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allthegoodnamesweretaken wrote:

They're also convinced that any negative reactions they might get are to the message, not to them, and should be taken as reinforcement that they are doing the correct thing.

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Heh, I know! Recently, I'd pointed out to a Fundamentalist Christian that the tactics Christians have been using lately simply aren't working, that they're driving people away from Jesus instead of bringing in converts and maybe it's time for Christianity to have a moment of introspection and change tactics? When I said this, I'd provided some proof, from the Evangelical Barna Group (below)... The response I got was; "If Christianity is going to die, praise be Jesus and God's Will be done." Basically, it was a 14-word long shrug. "Oh, well..."
It made me wonder when the ideas of "Good Stewardship" and the "Great Commission" became passe?


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Young Americans today are more skeptical and resistant to Christianity than were people of the same age just a decade ago, says a new study.

Negative perceptions toward the Christian faith have outweighed the positive as a growing percentage of younger Americans associate with a faith outside Christianity.

Only 16 percent of non-Christians aged 16 to 29 years old said they have a "good impression" of Christianity, according to a report released Monday by The Barna Group. A decade ago, the vast majority of Americans outside the Christian faith, including young people, felt favorably toward Christianity’s role in society,

Young people have an even lesser positive impression of evangelicals. Only 3 percent of 16- to 29-year-olds who are not of the Christian faith express favorable views of evangelicals. In the previous generation, 25 percent of young people had positive associations toward evangelicals.

Common negative perceptions among non-Christians is that present-day Christianity is judgmental (87 percent), hypocritical (85 percent), old-fashioned (78 percent), and too involved in politics (75 percent).
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1902232/posts

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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 2:51PM #23
weirdfaery
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mainecaptain wrote:



We have our own religions, we do not need someone trying to change that. It is disrespectful. And it does not make your god look good either. I am sure he would be displeased, with how people are making him look weak.



Just because it needed to be repeated.

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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 3:27PM #24
Cooper
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I don't want proselytizing period.  My religion doesn't do it and we are just fine. 

It is offensive, disrespectful, and intrusive.
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 3:28PM #25
Cooper
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[QUOTE=weirdfaery;685867]It really doesn't matter what religion you are. I don't want anyone trying to tell me about the condition of my soul. Honestly how arrogant is it to tell another person that you have all the answers about the very essence of their being? That's just delusional.[/QUOTE]

It is very arrogant among other things.
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 3:40PM #26
weirdfaery
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The words I'm thinking of probably go against the ROC.:(
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 3:49PM #27
Cooper
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[QUOTE=weirdfaery;688649]The words I'm thinking of probably go against the ROC.:([/QUOTE]

Lol.. I'm a mind reader, at least in the instance.
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 5:37PM #28
nieciedo
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I believe in equality: I hate all proselytizers, of any faith.
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 6:50PM #29
Sacrificialgoddess
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Does Gilligan have a persecution complex?  ;:confused:
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 13, 2008 - 6:54PM #30
gillyflower
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I don't think so. He has a real talent. He posts an over the edge one liner and gets pages of posts in return. I wonder if he sits back and has a good laugh about it.
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