Are Christians incapable of discussing religion without attempting to convert?
(and if anyone wants to cry "Christian bashing" this is a direct response to the answers to my last question, by Christians stating that participating in conversation is inviting conversion)
Answer by But_Mommie at 7:49 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:49 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
Answer by SWasson at 7:43 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 7:49 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
But see, yours is one of the answers from the other question that seems to suggest that any willingness to have a conversation is asking to be converted (or have it attempted). So while you personally don't do it, do you believe that this willingness to discuss other people's beliefs is inviting them to try and convert you?
No, because a discussion takes two people. If someone is trying to convert me I end the conversation. I have control over who I converse with. I don't think a discussion should turn into an attempt to convert anyone. If someone is interested in another faith, they should be the one to pursue it.
I've known my DH for 22 years and I haven't converted him yet, but than again he hasn't converted me either.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:52 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
I don't try and convert anyone. If someone wants to have a discussion with me I'm open to it. I also like learning about other peoples beliefs.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:59 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
Answer by Dardenella at 8:23 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
But that's not always the point of discussion. Sometimes it's just sharing and awareness. A lot of us here, I think, just want to be a voice in the conversation. It's not about convincing anyone, it's just about being present and representing ourselves in the whole....
Exactly. I talk about autism a lot. I talk a lot about having a daughter on the spectrum, the worries, the joys, the fears . . . it's about awareness, understanding, and reaching out to others. It's not about trying to convert anyone to autism. There is a difference between discussing and preaching, sharing points of view and trying to convert.
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:39 AM on Mar. 16, 2013