Spreading God’s Word versus Shoving it Down Your Throat

Growing up as a Catholic in Lancaster County I was the minority when it came to religions, often times being told I wasn’t a Christian. I am, trust me I would know, not those who told me I wasn’t because I’m pretty sure the only thing they knew about Catholicism was that “we eat Jesus”. Because of this very slight difference in beliefs (I would like to point out here that Catholicism was the first form of Christianity, which history proves that it was but people still don’t believe me) sometimes I was a target to be “saved” and that just made me hate that term. I can’t even tell you how many times I was asked that. Okay I’m getting off track, anyway,  I would just like to point out a difference between spreading God’s Word and shoving it down someone’s throat.

As a Christian I understand that you want and you should share God’s Word and love with those around you but you shouldn’t just go up to random people and tell them that if they refuse Jesus they are condemned to hell. Well first of all, no one can condemn anyone to hell BUT GOD HIMSELF that is His business, not ours. It’s not our place to act like there’s a seat in Heaven with our name in it, that’s not how it works. We have to work to get there and in the end it’s all up to God. I don’t go around acting like I know it all because I don’t, God does. When it comes to shoving down your beliefs down someone’s throat, I just think you should know that you aren’t doing anyone any favors, the chances of someone turning to God when it is being forced upon them are slim. The more you try to force something onto someone there’s a smaller chance of them actually wanting to do something about it.

There’s a huge difference between having a civil conversation with someone about religion and trying to force them to become and believe what you believe. Personally if someone opens up to you with something and they ask for help, you can ask if it’s okay if you pray for them, pray for them either way but don’t just march up to someone and pronounce that you’ll pray for them out of nowhere. I find that so rude, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves, it makes me feel as if you’re judging me. Have open discussions with people, talk about what they believe too, have a two-way discussion, don’t just shut them and what they think out, you won’t get anywhere.

Be careful with how you share God’s Word if you really want to help people, trying to force your beliefs on them is not going to work.



5 responses to “Spreading God’s Word versus Shoving it Down Your Throat”

  1. I completely agree. I grew up one of the only Jewish kids in my school system (nearly everyone else being some flavor of Christian) and it would drive me crazy every time someone told me that I should switch religions. Never mind that I wasn’t even happy with Judaism, why would Christianity look any better if it was filled with the same kind of pushy people? Long story short, I appreciate it when people want to have a discussion about religion, philosophy and history with me. I enjoy that, even if I don’t always agree with them. That said, I can’t stand people who are not open to any idea other than their own.

    • Exactly! I don’t know why people feel as if being all pushing and forceful about a religion is going to help people anyway! And to what you said “I can’t stand people who are not open to any idea other than their own” I agree one hundred percent! But that’s where I live, everyone is so dogmatic here and it drives me insane!

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