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post #151 of 168
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Originally Posted by eilcon View Post
For me, what's most important is treating each other (and all creatures) with respect and compassion, reaching out to those in need and embracing and enjoying what makes us different. That's the path to true salvation for all us.
Amen to that.
post #152 of 168
I've always been an "outside looking in" type when it comes to religion. I was raised totally without it. I wasn't taught not to believe, it simply just didn't come up in our house.

But faith and religion is so dominant in the world that years ago I began studying different religions, reading the bible (well, most of it) and ended up completely baffled as to how anyone could believe any of it. I became rabidly anti-religious after Beirut, but I think that I may be pretty much over that now, it was over 23 years ago after all.

So, no arguments from me, just stating where I stand with it.
post #153 of 168
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
There is no Hell mentioned in the Bible. Nowhere. It doesn't say you will be thrown in the firey pit if you don't believe.
ummmm... yes, there is.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

to me, there's very little difference between a fiery lake and a fiery pit.


post #154 of 168
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Originally Posted by eilcon View Post
By virtue of the path I'm following in life, I'm guessing it's obvious that I'm a pretty religious person, believe in God, the power of prayer, etc... My faith has brought me brought me joy and seen me through tough times, but that's my experience.

I'd love for everyone to embrace faith and accept God in their lives in some way but, because we've all had different upbringings and different experiences, that's just not realistic and I accept that.

For me, what's most important is treating each other (and all creatures) with respect and compassion, reaching out to those in need and embracing and enjoying what makes us different. That's the path to true salvation for all us.
Very well said!
post #155 of 168
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Originally Posted by Lemur 6 View Post
Hey everyone, here's an update on what happened just the past couple days.

Apparently, threatening to call the police didn't do squat. The guy just kept coming back. On Friday I ended up calling the police when I heard him knocking, but by the time they showed up he was gone (must've smelled them coming). The police themselves weren't very helpful, filed a report, said they couldn't do anything unless they have several witnesses or proof of harassment, blah blah.

Well, the guy came back yesterday, this time with a friend, and they didn't even introduce themselves to me this time. They started with the "we're trying to save you" and "you're going to hell" BS right off the bat.

Ugh, I basically ran to my car with my apt. door wide open, jumped in, and burned rubber on my way out. What is wrong with these people?

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Originally Posted by catsallover View Post
Get a video camera that has the time/date on it. Record yourself telling them to not come back. Call the police everytime they show up. Get their names (most of the ones who come around here have name tags). This is blatant harrassment- this has nothing to do with religion now, even if it started out that way.

If you can, I'd let my apartment manager know everytime they come by, or call a neighbor who can also see them leaving or, even better, see you telling them to go away and not to come back.


Totally ditto!

Ummm..sooooo why is everyone still arguing religion? I thought this was a topic about door-to door harassers, not about which religion is right or wrong?? Form your own IMO topic for that! (not that I didn't get a little caught up either )
post #156 of 168
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post

Ummm..sooooo why is everyone still arguing religion?
Ummmmm... because it's fun?
post #157 of 168
I believe that being a good person, doing the best you can do and living your life to the full without hurting anyone (treading on a few toes doesn't count ) then at some point, everything will work out ok. If life has been tough then maybe you'll be reincarnated into a luckier life, maybe you'll go to heaven or maybe you'll become one with everything in the world like in the Phillip Pullman books. Either way, I believe that no kind or good god would send someone to hell or variation of just for not believing in them.
I always liked the idea of buddhism but I think they believe disabled people are disabled because of something they did in a past life and if so then I could never agree with a religion that thought that.

As for the topic ...
I find that most god botherers just give me a quick talk, hand me a notice or 7 then leave when I listen politely but show no interest in what they say.
I find door to door salesmen MUCH more irritating
I had one last week and i had to put the kittens away, then stand in the cold for 5 minutes before i could get a word in to explain I wasn't the bill payer and that she comes home 9. They then CAME BACK at 9!! over 2 hours later!! I had to hide and pretend I wasn't in.
post #158 of 168
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Ummm..sooooo why is everyone still arguing religion? I thought this was a topic about door-to door harassers, not about which religion is right or wrong?? Form your own IMO topic for that! (not that I didn't get a little caught up either )
My thoughts too. Though I have one interesting observation. The ones with the "loudest" voices on this thread are definately christians.

I REALLY don't think there's anything wrong with keeping your religion to yourself, being such a touchy subject and all. It's just common sense. If you want to be open, do it at your place of worship with like-minded individuals, you'll butt a few less heads that way and the world would be a much more peaceful place. For example, It's like carrying a stereo blaring rap in the subway. Some people like that, but a lot of people don't, and some even find it offensive. It's just asking for trouble.
post #159 of 168
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
ummmm... yes, there is.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

to me, there's very little difference between a fiery lake and a fiery pit.


Darn it, you are right, I looked it up. I have never been able to get through all of Revelation, since it is so open to interpretation. I am not sure what to think about Revelations and never have been.
post #160 of 168
Revelation is one of my favorite books of the bible. It reads like Tolkien.
post #161 of 168
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Ummm..sooooo why is everyone still arguing religion?
I couldn't agree more. Politics and religion are the biggest causes of arguments and war
post #162 of 168
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Originally Posted by tiffanyjbt View Post
Revelation is one of my favorite books of the bible. It reads like Tolkien.
I agree!


P.s. I don't think anyone's arguing...rather, we're having an adult conversation stating personal feelings that are true for ourselves, but not meant to offend anyone else.

I like this thread because it helps me learn and see different viewpoints and potentially learn a little about a different religion. Now if only the people who start wars could look at these conversations positively.....
post #163 of 168
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Darn it, you are right, I looked it up. I have never been able to get through all of Revelation, since it is so open to interpretation. I am not sure what to think about Revelations and never have been.
got a great link for you, then: Bible Gateway. it's basically a giant concordance - you can get the reference in a multitude of versions, look up by book, verse or keyword. i love it!
post #164 of 168
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
got a great link for you, then: Bible Gateway. it's basically a giant concordance - you can get the reference in a multitude of versions, look up by book, verse or keyword. i love it!
Thats a great site. I use it often as well... What!?! Just because I'm an atheist doesn't mean I'm not interested!
post #165 of 168
Cool, thanks Laureen, I added it to my bookmarks.
post #166 of 168
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Originally Posted by tiffanyjbt View Post
Thats a great site. I use it often as well... What!?! Just because I'm an atheist doesn't mean I'm not interested!
i really like how you can look at the same quote in all the different translations/versions. i also like how, since a lot of the time i know something's in the Bible, but not exactly where it is, i can use keywords & find what i'm looking for. it is a great site
post #167 of 168
Thanks for the link! I added it to my "favorites" too!
post #168 of 168
Growing up, we had a woman come to our house once a week with pamphlets. We were usually cordial to her (she was elderly and me and my brothers were raised to have respect for our elders) but it got to be so grating and time consuming we would "duck and cover" when we would see her. Even if the house were completely open, we would hide and not answer the door. My parents were the same way. She stopped coming back after our dog at the time (he was just a puppy) peed on her shoe. *shrug*

And a little bit of humor...I was visiting an aunt in Kentucky with my mom when we sayw a Witness' church. Before I could stop myself, I said, "Hey, let's stop and knock on the door!"
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