Preach to Me

When attempting to convert people to your religion via e-mail, if you are going to insert an inline image of Mel Gibson’s James Caviezel’s writhing scarred and bloodied body from the Passion of Christ it is best to add a warning to the top that any children in the room should be asked to look away. Otherwise what happens is I see “Good job on your site!”, scroll down, and then POW! Nightmares.

Regardless, I sent back a polite reply. Well… except maybe for the bit where I said that asking an atheist if they’ve always put God first seemed a bit redundant. Then I realised that while I had been composing my little piece someone had been leaving me nice anonymous “Go to church! Rraawr!” comments.

It doesn’t really pay to respond rationally, does it?

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  • J said,
    May 14, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I’m a moderate Catholic with very good reason and to see fellow followers of Christ impose our beliefs on non-believers in an intrusive way disappoints and exasperates me without fail. While I wish that everyone will make Christ a part of their lives, it is best if the process progresses naturally which, in my belief, is in His time.Thank you for being polite about your response. It takes a very understanding person to respond courteously when personal beliefs have been undermined in any way or form.Maybe you’ll be interested in reading this article:

  • Jason said,
    May 15, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    You’re an athiest? Hmm. I suppose there must be some irony in using a template you designed for my parish’s web site. In any case, thank you for your designs. As a novice web designer, I envy your talent.

  • dandyna said,
    May 15, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    Becca, this is a point about religion that i myself don’t get at all, trying to convince other people towards their own belief… well I can’t understood that…. if they so strongly believe in it, is n t it just enough???BTW, hugs to you my dear!!!

  • Chris said,
    May 15, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    From my experience, Theists can be the most closed-minded unreceptive people when you question their faith. However, many theists expect a non-beleivers to be open, willing and receptive to their faith after citing some nonsense from an old book. Pick the book, there is a lot of them.

  • Brenda said,
    May 16, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    So far, I haven’t had anyone trying to preach at me through email yet.But I’ve had people preach at my face, and my response was retreating to my room and shutting the door. It’ll be great if more people learnt to respect our decisions based on what we want to believe. And my apologies! I’ve been lurking around but haven’t been commenting! Oops.

  • Sandra said,
    May 16, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    You go girl! Don’t let them get away with anything.

  • David said,
    May 16, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    In actuality, it would be Jim Caviezel’s writhing, scarred, and bloodied body. Mel Gibson was behind the camera for this one.

  • Chris said,
    May 16, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    Both Politics amd Religion (or lack thereof) are bad topics in general. People tend to be closed-minded and unconditionally defend their faith or political party even when presented with facts.

  • MK said,
    May 16, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I am a very religous catholic, but even though I am, I do think its immoral when people just bash other’s for their belief. I’ve come to understand other people’sbeliefs and I really hate the labels some people put on other people (I even hate the term “Pagan”). I agree with the comment above… Religion and Plitics are bad topics.

  • Rob said,
    May 17, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    In most cases, no. Rational responses are often ignored. Chris has a good point. People tend to have knee-jerk reactions when religion or politics are mentioned. I decided I was tired of my own opinionated views. As a result, I resolved to study politics before attempting further debate.In regards to the e-mail… religious people sometimes forget the true significance of Christ’s death on the cross. It’s important to us because Christ’s death is central to our relationship with God (His death to pay for our sins). We mistakenly compartmentalize the joy and forget the sorrow and anguish surrounding His death. This can make Christians seem… unphased by such grotesque portraits. Which is unfortunate.

  • morfy said,
    May 17, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    Hehe. In some othe way I know that story so well. Being an atheist in a strongly catholic country can be such a pain. But trying to convert people to a religion via e-mail is just to much tbh

  • psycho said,
    May 17, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    Mm.. I haven’t met such cases but I guess I’ll just ignore their emails… but I do have people preaching to me every now and then.. especially during religious festivals…

  • incog said,
    May 18, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    Go to church! Rraawr!…lolCheck out this video: guys trying to convert people and then gives up.

  • Max said,
    May 18, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I was waiting to cross an intersection the other day, and there were people on all four corners that were trying to convert people to what ever religion they were. One of them started talking about the awesome powers of Jesus, and I said I was an atheist. She continued to say something about the awesome powers of Jesus, so I just tuned her out and waited for the light to change.My feelings are pretty much this: you are entitled to believe what you want, but don’t go around preaching it. It’s not like I spend time converting people to atheism or telling them Jesus doesn’t exist, I just keep it in my head.

  • jp said,
    May 18, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    It’s a tricky one. If you believe then you want to bring the good news to others.

  • Dee said,
    May 19, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I agree with jp. It’s a given that people want to share good news with others, however, the good news itself directs that speaking to those who don’t want to hear is a waste of time.Becca it’s hard for me to reconcile the sheer power and presence, sensitivity and beauty of your work with atheism, but maybe that’s just me–seeing what I want to see in your work.Either way, your talent amazes and astounds me.

  • shodan said,
    May 19, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    ‘Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know we become insensitive to many things of very great importance. Theology, on the other hand, induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge where in fact we have ignorance, and by doing so generates a kind of impertinent insolence towards the universe. Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.’ – Bertrand Russell.

  • Steve said,
    May 20, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    If you wish to inform someone of the greatness of God, ask, dont assume that they want to know, or care.

  • Ed Kohler said,
    May 27, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I’m pretty sure you earn one lottery ticket for the Heaven Powerball for every email you send. 10 tickets per phone call. And 100 per door knocked on (10% bonus if it’s raining).

  • June 29, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I am about to change to WordPress. I saw your design and find myself right here. Call it an appointment or happen-stance, all I know as a gramps is God loves you.Shalom lil’ one…PS… I am forwarding my lottery ticket to Ed…

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  • Michael said,
    December 16, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    I am an atheist too and I totally back you up. I don’t like the fact that church and religion are getting involved where they should not. That is all a part of the big advertisement…

  • Gazeteler said,
    December 19, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    You have a point about the mails, but they only represent the view of whoever sends them, doubtfully aiming to actually convert people, i believe they have other “much less holy” purposes.

  • grazitaly said,
    December 22, 2006 10 years, 168 days ago

    Im Italian and Catholic,If you believe then you want to bring the good news to others.

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