Tired Of The Religious Preaching

Most people tend to avoid discussing personal beliefs. I think that’s usually a smart move, since most (religious) people tend to misinterpret a non believers direction of understanding and probably launch some kind of jihad or crusade in the process. Of course, I might be overgeneralizing things here, I have friends and close ones who are particularly deep rooted into their belief. They still haven’t gone bananas over my own set of ideals, especially when I ask a lot of question about their own beliefs but that’s probably the way to go.

What I have become extremely tired of recently is the constant preaching of dogmatic beliefs from religious groups in the hope that my soul can be saved from eternal damnation and that I can join them in paradise. I’m sorry, but if heaven will be populated with people like them, I’d rather risk eternal damnation and hope that there is an after dinner party I can enjoy after the ride is over. It was never the religion that turned me off from my own, it was always the people that occupy it that gets on my nerves.

Has anyone ever had the Jehovah Witness, Mormons or even Seventh Day Adventist come up to you and try and sell you their brand of belief? Ever find that extremely annoying? So much so you’d give a wide berth to them like they carry a combination of the plague, leprosy and Ebola all at once. Usually if they came to my door, I’d make some snarky comment half naked with my bath robe open going on about how I’m about to start a ritual sacrifice and they could join in and help if they want. I think I’m officially on their “not to be visited” list because they haven’t come knocking on my door in a long time.

The thing is, you can always avoid people like this in real life. All you have to do is keep a wide berth with your eyes close and your fingers in your ears going “Mmmmmm, I can’t hear you. Mmmmm.” and they would usually take the hint. At least until you walk into a tree or fall down an open manhole because you had your eyes closed and hand over your ears, then they swarm over you claiming their God would prevent things like that from happening to you. Why did you think I was doing that in the first place? It’s your God’s fault that happened.

On the other hand, what you cannot avoid is when people like that in real life start appearing online. First up, I’m all for freedom of speech. Of course, when you start putting freedom of speech together with hardcore believers, what you get is the classic “I have the freedom to say what I want and you should do and whoever doesn’t agree with my point of view can just sod off, shut up while I think of ways to launch a crusade on your ass”. So much for freedom of speech there.

Second of all, when two beliefs start dishing out against each other, other people get drawn to it for some reason. Maybe because it’ll always be staring at us in the face and there is no real way we can avoid it by closing your eyes and humming. We tried that in World War II and the Israeli/Palestine conflict and they don’t seem to be taking the hint. So what happens? Perfectly reasonable people with better things to do get drawn into saying what they think should be done to resolve the problem…leading up to the first point. It’s one thing to lambaste each other until you’re happy with the outcome, but don’t pull other people into your little “Religious Rumble”.

Third of all and most importantly is the dissemination of information that would otherwise be based purely on the abstract perception of written words and cultural hierarchy. In simpler words, no one knows for sure that whatever was said is really true. You may say that whatever was written in the Bible, Quran or Torah is true, but if you’re going to give the circular reasoning that it’s true because God said it’s true and that’s written in your holy text, you’ve got another thing coming.

So what we have are sites like this about how their religion is good and how perfectly reasonable their abstract dogmatic laws are. More likely than not, this would go back to the second point which would go back to the first point and leave people like me suffering from a headache because we still have to sift through the muck to find something worth reading. It never ends.

Personally, I’m tired of all this religious preaching. This loony business to take a subjective belief and make it your world has given the real world more grief and headaches than I can name. What I can only hope is that overly religious zealots would start wiping each other out because their belief differ while people like me replace the current curriculum in schools to exclude God from the subjects and replace something much more substantial…like evolution, so that future generations don’t have to suffer their life by running into trees because they closed their eyes and hummed loudly whenever evangelistic preachers are around. Of course, that would be an ideal world where no one takes each others beliefs so seriously.

Unfortunately this isn’t an ideal world. Oh well. Mmmmmmmm…

10 thoughts on “Tired Of The Religious Preaching

  1. Well you could always put a sign on your door that says no soliciting and if they still come to your door, answer it, point to the sign and kindly say you are not in the market for religion.

    Another way would be to say that “you’d love to talk but you’re on the way out to the local cult meeting”… that would be evil… but I’m sure it would make them leave your place alone… or then again, you might get a bus load the next day trying to save your soul.

    Hmm… I’d say go with #1 and put a sign up and when they come back, just ask them nicely to not come back and maybe ask what church they are with and let the church know to add your address to the national do not disturb me with religion list.

  2. Has anyone ever had the Jehovah Witness, Mormons or even Seventh Day Adventist come up to you and try and sell you their brand of belief? Ever find that extremely annoying? So much so you’d give a wide berth to them like they carry a combination of the plague, leprosy and Ebola all at once. Usually if they came to my door, I’d make some snarky comment half naked with my bath robe open going on about how I’m about to start a ritual sacrifice and they could join in and help if they want. I think I’m officially on their “not to be visited” list because they haven’t come knocking on my door in a long time.

    Or maybe since you said you weren’t interested, they’ve moved on to people who might actually be interested and listen. Since maybe (well at least the Mormons should be) they’re actually trying to “find” people who are interested…

  3. Sean: Unfortunately, that can’t work online when people really do believe what they believe in. Plus it really doesn’t work for all religions.

    Daniel: They sure have a funny way of finding people who are interested. Sounds to me like they are trying to sell the idea rather than finding people out.

  4. Hmm, well I know everyone has some sort of religion and beliefs but I don’t think things should be pushed or forced on you.

    If you don’t want to discuss something, people should respect that… and if you ask them to not talk about it, especially if they come to your own personal space, they should respect your wishes… but like you said, getting into religious discussions can open the door to trouble, so like political discussions in public, avoiding them is usually a good thing to do.

  5. Some people place god(s) before humanity. Some people too concern about afterlife than earthly material. Some people want to get closer to love/god/compassion. Ultimately, it’s all boils down to the individuals.

  6. Can’t say I’ve had many visits by these people. I remember years back, as a child, that they were around, but I haven’t spotted any recently. Maybe it’s because I’m often comatose on Sunday mornings and I don’t hear them…

    As for religious preaching, it’s not something that I appreciate much either. I’m pretty much anti the whole thing anyways, so they needn’t come knocking on my door.

    By the way, on your About Page you say you’re agnostic – you believe in God but not in religion. I may be wrong, but sounds more like a Deist to me. I should check a dictionary first perhaps.

    Well, I’d say, ignore the zealots, live your life and be a good person. I guess that’s more than anyone could ask for.

  7. I’m just to the point where I believe what I want. Screw the church, screw the bible (sorry to offend an anonymous).. but it’s come to that point. Relgion has become this cash cow, people just handing out their money to pay thanks… but it’s really insane. I know this might be off topic, but what about those who preach who can “heal” by their touch? It’s like Miss Cleo gone bad. No, there probably are people who can heal… but it’s should be certified or something. It’s just another scam it seems.

  8. Seanrox: True, whatever you want to believe should be between your God and yourself. Yet, there are plenty of countries that don’t have that freedom to practice the religion of their choice. It’s a forced issue and you’re forced to place that issue on the table making for some very heated arguments when zealots get involved.

    Nils: A Deist is someone who believes that God abandoned the universe after its creation. Agnostics just do not believe in any belief whatsoever, just that there is a creator. If it was easy to ignore zealots, then I would have done so a long time ago, though I did mention that at the end of it, ignoring zealots tends to lead to a much larger problem.

    Christinamarie: There are the unexplained and the completely baffled. Just because people can heal by touch doesn’t mean it can’t be explained, though religious fanatics are quick to point out that their God did it for them. No one bothers to look into the objective parts anymore and that breeds a whole new level of fanaticism that thrives on the ignorance of people who don’t know how things work.

  9. I was at an Easter party once when I heard someone preaching, “If you don’t accept YYY, then you’ll be damned in hell.” And my supposedly good friend sitting beside me kepy nudging me to go up and be converted. I was like WTF. If YYY was so compassionate and all, he/she would just bless everyone regardless of their religion. I’m a devout Buddhist and I don’t really care if you’re a Christian or Muslim or whatever, as long as you cause no harm to others. Everyone has a right to believe in whatever religion they’ve selected, but please don’t force your beliefs down other people’s throats.

  10. i feel sorry for them, must be a had job, so i try to tell them nicely no thanks.
    but please no bells or cymbals ringing while making the sales pitch

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