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Old 09-02-2002, 08:01 AM   #16
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i have two sets of aunts and uncles that are missionaries in foreign countries.
one of them lives is ghana.
they live with the people, and suffer with them. i cant tell you how many times theyve all gotten malaria.
they work with the people, and they dont shove it down there throats. you might be surprised as to how thrilled many of those people are to hear what my aunt and uncle have to say.
if people wish to think my aunt and uncle are evil, then maybe those same people can go back to the gap, and buy a comfy new sweater before going to mcdonalds for a nice hamburger for all i care.
people are so concerned of not stepping on someone elses toes that you arent supposed to tell anyone what you believed, but yet those same people ARE telling everyone else what they can and cannot say.
its rather disturbing.
but yes, ofcourse, i AM very skeptical of televangelists and the what not, but i do know first hand my aunt and uncle are NOT harming anyone or using them or anything.
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The fact that you aunts suffered from malaria doesnot make her good or evil.

There are many types of religious fanaticism. Those sept 11 bastards killed themselves along with so many innocent civilians.
All in the name of religion.

See I am not against conversion per se.

If people absorb and thus prefer another religion, by all means, let them convert. My objection is to the deceptions used to attract the poor of poor countries ( like Ghana etc) . Many unethical methods have been used to 'save the souls' of these simple rural folk. .The people are told that the a particular God is more powerful than the other God..why this lie ? the ones coverted are promised free education and jobs. What sort of "soul-saving" is this?
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My objection is to the deceptions used to attract the poor of poor countries ( like Ghana etc) . Many unethical methods have been used to 'save the souls' of these simple rural folk. .The
Such as...?
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1) telling them that one particular god is more powerful than other
2) luring them with money
3) luring them with education and job
4) luring them with incorrect stories

The fact is these people exploit the fact that they are uneducated and poor.
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1) telling them that one particular god is more powerful than other
2) luring them with money
3) luring them with education and job
4) luring them with incorrect stories

The fact is these people exploit the fact that they are uneducated and poor.
1) This sort of follows from the definition of religion.
2) Not bloody likely given the budget of most missionairies and their organizations.
3) Heaven forbid that missionairies should actually offer social services along with their evangelism, like those rotten Christian Aid relief workers in Afghanistan who were arrested by the Taliban.
4) Such as...?

I happen to know several folks who have gone on short-term missions trips, and none of them have ever (to my knowledge) done anything improper.

If you're going to make allegations like this, prove them.
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1) This sort of follows from the definition of religion.
2) Not bloody likely given the budget of most missionairies and their organizations.
3) Heaven forbid that missionairies should actually offer social services along with their evangelism, like those rotten Christian Aid relief workers in Afghanistan who were arrested by the Taliban.
4) Such as...?

I happen to know several folks who have gone on short-term missions trips, and none of them have ever (to my knowledge) done anything improper.

If you're going to make allegations like this, prove them.
1) doesnot all religion say that all gods are equal.. ?

2) missionaries has enormous funding. what do you think is the budget of a missionary - 100 or what ?

3) they offer social service at most places..as regard to taliban,
i am sure Taliban must have converted all those missionaries to
islam by force .taliban converts by force.. "most of missionaries" by luring.. the goal is same .the method is different. but i have severe reservations about the goal..whats the fun in converting someone..what does one achieve by it..why is religion so important when all it gives is a war(sep11 or like the war on afghanistan)..why this propagation ? whats the fun in making someone else believe what you believe. whats wrong in someone
else is a atheist or doesnot believe in anything thats hundred of thousand year old. Has anyone seen God ? Why shouldnt these peope be prosecuted under law for making statements which they cant prove scientifically ? See I may be harsh here.. but I have absolutely no problem with anyone following anything..I am not against conversions if people absorb other religion and prefer it. very well..fine..infact great

I am not against anyone believing anything non-scientific but i am against any teachings that are carried out with the intention of conversion and which cannot be proved scientifically.


4) there are too many to list ..they are basically examples of 1)
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1) doesnot all religion say that all gods are equal.. ?

No! If so, why bother convincing anyone else to believe what you believe?

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2) missionaries has enormous funding. what do you think is the budget of a missionary - 100 or what ?
Well, I know a bunch of college students who have gone on short-term missions trips, and if they had had the funding I think they would have found a place where they could take a hot shower every day instead of bribing converts.

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3) they offer social service at most places..as regard to taliban,
i am sure Taliban must have converted all those missionaries to
islam by force .taliban converts by force.. "most of missionaries" by luring.. the goal is same .the method is different. but i have severe reservations about the goal..whats the fun in converting someone..what does one achieve by it..
Christians believe that eternal salvation comes only from Jesus. While it's possible that someone might be saved without knowing Jesus explicitly, why take that chance? Why shouldn't the church invest a significant portion of its time, money and energy in doing something that could make a difference in the eternal destiny of a lot of people?

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why is religion so important when all it gives is a war(sep11 or like the war on afghanistan)..why this propagation ?
This is just ignorance. The vast majority of the 1 billion or so Muslims in the world condemned the attacks of 9/11.

The vast majority of Christians condemn the Crusades.

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whats the fun in making someone else believe what you believe. whats wrong in someone
else is a atheist or doesnot believe in anything thats hundred of thousand year old.
See above.

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Has anyone seen God ? Why shouldnt these peope be prosecuted under law for making statements which they cant prove scientifically ?
So it's okay for the Taliban to take over Afghanistan and impose Islamic martial law over the country, but Christian relief workers aren't allowed to spread the gospel by peaceful methods? Nice.

Now I'm going to make a bunch of statements which cannot be proven scientifically.

Cheating is wrong.

Stealing is wrong.

Murder is wrong.

Rape is wrong.

You should love your neighbor as yourself.


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See I may be harsh here.. but I have absolutely no problem with anyone following anything..I am not against conversions if people absorb other religion and prefer it. very well..fine..infact great
If you haven't noticed, places like Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and China do not permit freedom of religion! No one is going to "absorb" any religion on their own in these places without the state's permission! That makes missionary endeavors in these places all the more important.

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I am not against anyone believing anything non-scientific but i am against any teachings that are carried out with the intention of conversion and which cannot be proved scientifically.
If it's wrong for me to try to spread the gospel, it's equally wrong for you to tell me that it's wrong for me to spread the gospel, as deathbear so astutely pointed out earlier.

There can be no scientific proof that all truth can be proven scientifically.

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4) there are too many to list ..they are basically examples of 1)
I didn't ask for a comprehensive list of examples of missionairies bribing or coercing people into believing anything. I asked for one or two examples. So far you have refused to prove that you are not bluffing.
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Speedracer you still didnot get the point

1) The very fact that you think that your religion is better than somebody's else is wrong. A feeling of superioty is not a good thing to posses especially if its not proved. Not only it's wrong its not liberal thinking. Its a narrow minded thinking. Its not scientific. Noone is fooling anybody. You are just fooling yourself. I personally believe all religions are equal.

2) The question of taking hot bath or cold bath doesnot occur. the fact that your friends took cold bath or no bath doesnot make them great.

3) Well you can believe whatever you can.. You can believe earth is flat. I am fully for freedom of belief. What you believe should be none of my business. Things started getting confusing when you try to impose your belief. You try by hook or crook. You try by love , you try it by hate. The sole objective - to convert. to chase and pursue anyone who doesnot believe it to believe something that cannot be proved. Can you prove that Salvation comes only from Jesus ? No dear speedracer you cannot. You just do it for your own selfish satisfaction that you've converted. I dont know what kind of fun or satisfaction is that. But be assured, its pure selfish reasons rather than trying to do something good. If you want to do something non-selfish, why dont you do something secular.
Does hunger has a religion ? Poverty ? Water has religion? What about Blood ? If you can solve this problems without dragging in things you cannot prove, I appreciate that. If you cannot solve the problems , thats fair enough.

3a) I never said its okay for Taliban to take over Afghanistan and impose whatever. You dont understand the point. You are trying to avoid this issue. By saying that Mr X murdered 5 people and you only beat up 2 people, you are trying to justify your slapping of 2 people. I didnt know the level of logic & analogy would stoop to this low level.

All your bunch of "those statements" are correct as per my beliefs as well. There is a concensus in most of the world on that. Those things are independent of any religion and you dont necessarily have to follow a religion to not murder or not rape. Also there are laws in every country that would prosecute you if you are found guilty.
The bottomline you are trying to divert me to things that I have a consensus with you. The problem is ignored. You show me bigger problem to lessen the problem that exist.

The problem is in the mentality.

My intention is not to say things just for the sake of argument.
Speedracer, I just want you to think from an unbiased mind and not take anything thrown at you without a reason. I want you to be liberal in your think and broad-minded in your outlook.

Rather than saying God created the world and be dumb, try to study how the universe was created. No one knows everything everything about it. I dont know it myself but we should be in the right direction for the search of truth rather than saying " God created the world" and then trying to preach it.

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My intention is not to say things just for the sake of argument.
Speedracer, I just want you to think from an unbiased mind and not take anything thrown at you without a reason. I want you to be liberal in your think and broad-minded in your outlook.

Rather than saying God created the world and be dumb, try to study how the universe was created. No one knows everything everything about it. I dont know it myself but we should be in the right direction for the search of truth rather than saying " God created the world" and then trying to preach it.
AcrobatMan, I'm curious to know why you're trying to convert Speedracer to your beliefs. Why do you want Speedracer to believe what you believe (that it's good to be liberal in your thinking and broad-minded in your outlook, to think from an unbiased mind)? Whats the fun in making someone else believe what you believe?
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Speedracer you still didnot get the point
1) The very fact that you think that your religion is better than somebody's else is wrong. A feeling of superioty is not a good thing to posses especially if its not proved. Not only it's wrong its not liberal thinking. Its a narrow minded thinking. Its not scientific. Noone is fooling anybody. You are just fooling yourself. I personally believe all religions are equal.
I ask you, what is your proof that all religions are equal?

Or your proof that all truth can be proven scientifically?

I am quite prepared to provide evidence for the truth of Christianity. Are you prepared to argue that all religions are equal? If so, I invite you to pm me or open a new thread.

And again, if it's wrong for me to argue my point, why is it okay for you to argue your point?

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2) The question of taking hot bath or cold bath doesnot occur. the fact that your friends took cold bath or no bath doesnot make them great.
But it debunks your claim that missionairies have wads of cash with which to bribe converts, which was what I wanted to do.

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3) Well you can believe whatever you can.. You can believe earth is flat. I am fully for freedom of belief. What you believe should be none of my business. Things started getting confusing when you try to impose your belief. You try by hook or crook. You try by love , you try it by hate. The sole objective - to convert. to chase and pursue anyone who doesnot believe it to believe something that cannot be proved. Can you prove that Salvation comes only from Jesus ? No dear speedracer you cannot. You just do it for your own selfish satisfaction that you've converted. I dont know what kind of fun or satisfaction is that. But be assured, its pure selfish reasons rather than trying to do something good. If you want to do something non-selfish, why dont you do something secular.
This is just spiteful. How do you know what my motives are?

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Does hunger has a religion ? Poverty ? Water has religion? What about Blood ? If you can solve this problems without dragging in things you cannot prove, I appreciate that. If you cannot solve the problems , thats fair enough.
If Christians believe that this world is not all we get--that there is an afterlife that is infinitely more important than this present life--then it makes sense that Christian missionairies should devote at least *some* of their efforts to getting people to join them in the afterlife. If they refuse to believe, Christian relief workers will still continue to join with secular relief workers in tending to people's physical needs.

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3a) I never said its okay for Taliban to take over Afghanistan and impose whatever. You dont understand the point. You are trying to avoid this issue. By saying that Mr X murdered 5 people and you only beat up 2 people, you are trying to justify your slapping of 2 people. I didnt know the level of logic & analogy would stoop to this low level.
The part about the Taliban was a straw-man argument; I just wanted to grill you for saying that "missionairies should be prosecuted by law." And you *did* say that.

And I don't know where I ever said that it was okay to kill people for the sake of my religion. I do believe that it is sometimes okay to kill people in defense, but that's another topic altogether.

You are willing to reject religion categorically because some people have committed atrocities in the name of their religion. Are you willing to reject government and the concept of nation-states altogether, and embrace anarchy? Governments are surely responsible for more crimes throughout history than religious movements are.

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All your bunch of "those statements" are correct as per my beliefs as well. There is a concensus in most of the world on that. Those things are independent of any religion and you dont necessarily have to follow a religion to not murder or not rape. Also there are laws in every country that would prosecute you if you are found guilty.
My point was those statements have no basis in science, and yet everyone is willing to embrace them as true. This debunks your assertion that only what is scientifically provable should be considered to be true.

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The bottomline you are trying to divert me to things that I have a consensus with you. The problem is ignored. You show me bigger problem to lessen the problem that exist.

The problem is in the mentality.

My intention is not to say things just for the sake of argument.
Speedracer, I just want you to think from an unbiased mind and not take anything thrown at you without a reason. I want you to be liberal in your think and broad-minded in your outlook.
Again, I have plenty of reasons for believing what I believe, and I'll be happy to share them with you via pm or in another thread.

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Rather than saying God created the world and be dumb, try to study how the universe was created. No one knows everything everything about it. I dont know it myself but we should be in the right direction for the search of truth rather than saying " God created the world" and then trying to preach it.
I study the mathematics of string theory as my job. What is your profession?

Finally, you *still* have not documented any examples of unethical practices on the part of missionairies, and this seems to be rather crucial to your point.
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Speedracer - Quite busy lately. You can have a look at my profile to know my profession.

Spiral - what belief i was trying to impose ? The only belief I was trying to impose was one should not impose or try to impose beliefs I am not sure if that counts as a belief.

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Software programmer, huh? Delicious.

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Spiral - what belief i was trying to impose ? The only belief I was trying to impose was one should not impose or try to impose beliefs I am not sure if that counts as a belief.
Sure it does...at the very least you were trying to convince me that all religious beliefs are equally valid.

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Sure it does...at the very least you were trying to convince me that all religious beliefs are equally valid.

I said that "i personally believe all religions are equal". it is my personal opinion . And I didnt try to convice. You have all the right to disagree with it.

I didnt say all beliefs were equally valid.

There is a difference you know.
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A-Man, this is what I was referring to:

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Speedracer, I just want you to think from an unbiased mind and not take anything thrown at you without a reason. I want you to be liberal in your think and broad-minded in your outlook.

It appears that you believe it is good to think from an unbiased mind and not take anything thrown at you without reason. You seem to believe also that it's good to be liberal in one's thinking and broad-minded in outlook. You clearly state that you want Speedracer to believe these same things. Since this thread is about conversions, and convincing others to believe what you believe, I thought it would be appropriate to hear why you want speedracer to believe what you believe (e.g. that it is good to think from an unbiased mind and be broad-minded.)
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I said that "i personally believe all religions are equal". it is my personal opinion . And I didnt try to convice. You have all the right to disagree with it.

I didnt say all beliefs were equally valid.

There is a difference you know.
You did tell me that my belief that Christianity was better than any other religion was wrong.

But then again, you didn't provide any evidence for this claim, so I guess you weren't trying to "convince" me of anything, just trying to ASSERT it as the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
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You did tell me that my belief that Christianity was better than any other religion was wrong.
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Your belief is obviously wrong for the simple reason you dont know "all the other religions". And there is no point comparing any 2 religions.

But everything said and done, you have every right to believe what you want to believe.

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