Originally Posted by gailuvscats
Well, people peddling their religion, irk me. I do not subscribe to any organized religion, and I certainly don't subscribe to any bible stories, or the fairy tail of the earth being created by G-d in 7 days. Don't believe in the tooth fairy, or the easter bunny.
I find it offensive that some religions have the arrogance and total disregard for others' religious beliefs or lack there of , that they feel entitled to stuff pamphlets, shove them in you face on the street, and have the nerve to disturb you in the privacy of your home.
Why aren't they cruising the drug infested, crime ridden ghettos, where people need all the help they can get? No they are busy invading nice quiet neighborhoods.
They can all go to hell as far as I am concerned.
Oh my! Gail loves cats, but 'most everybody else better watch out!
I'm sorry, I really don't mean to make fun -- because the truth is, I feel largely the same way you do. But I try to bear in mind that a lot of these people are victims of their religious leaders, manipulated into believing that this is God's will for them. (At least, the sincere ones are -- I'm sure many supposedly religious solicitors are just savvy con artists.)
My point is, most of these people honestly believe they're doing good work. They're doing what they've been taught to believe is right... and as long as they stop short of harrassing women entering clinics where abortions are performed (or murdering the doctors who perform them), I accept that their intentions are good. That doesn't make them any less annoying,
but I accept it!
You have such a good point there, that they ought to be witnessing to people in the grip of poverty, violence, and addiction, for whom a little religious inspiration might be genuinely helpful! I wonder if they have such a program.
Finally: I don't even believe in hell, and I gather that you don't, either, but... if it did exist, you wouldn't really wish
it on anyone, would you?
Personally, I hope everybody finds what he hopes
to find after death -- except for the truly evil people, the ones who know perfectly well what they're doing, know the effect it's having, and continue to do wrong.
Upon those evil people, I wish the curse of Enlightenment -- so they can go through the afterlife fully aware of how monstrously wrong they were, and how much pain they caused. Surely that would be far worse than any hell we might imagine...