Why Do Christians Try So Hard To Convert Others?
I found this argument on an anonymous web site when I tried to research the phrase “don’t use christians to judge christianity.” I was using it as a research side trip after having read “Blame the Individual, Not the Faith.” The web site I found in my research appears to be an email conversation between a Christian and a non-Christian discussing the merits of believing and not believing, each from his own viewpoint. The Christian offers the typical argument used by those who are trying to save our souls. The non-Christian writes:
Consider Matthew 7:16. It applies to Christianity itself. Christianity has brought forth mostly corrupt fruit even if that was not Jesus’s intent. People would be wise to avoid the church and if they are interested in Jesus’s teachings, read them for themselves. I don’t throw out Jesus’s teachings. I throw out the nonsense in the Bible that passes for the word of God. To me it is clear the Bible could not possibly be God’s word simply because it is untrue. (punctuation errors his)
The Christian responded:
When all is said and done you alone are going to be responsible for your own choices in life. Whether you base that on observation of other people’s behaviors and beliefs or on your own quest to find the truth for yourself is up to you. I, myself, wouldn’t hang my beliefs and eternal destiny on other people’s beliefs and actions.
Gravity and other scientific forces are fact, and have always existed and been unchanged throughout human history despite our human interpretations of them over the ages. The same holds true with Truth. Truth exists apart from our interpretations and beliefs of it.
I encourage you to seek the Truth that lies beyond what other human beings interpret it to be. In fact, that really should be your own personal reason for existence to discover the Truth for yourself (major emphasis on “yourself”). We are all assigned that purpose, but few take on the challenge. Most people are content to be spoonfed someone else’s maligned “truth” (which always does more harm than good, because it was designed to control the one who it’s being fed to). Others realize the maligned truth and reject it, as you have, but you need to go that step further to find the real Truth.
What strikes me about this typical argument is that the Christian assumes that the non-Christian has not searched hard enough for what the Christian believes is “the Truth.” The Christian assumes several things: 1) that the non-Christian is a moron who believes what other people tell him just because they tell him. 2) That the non-Christian doesn’t understand the meaning of personal responsibility or how to choose that for themselves. 3) That the non-Christian has believed the “maligned Truth” and if he would just realize the “Truth” he is offering, the non-Christian could be saved. And most amusing of all, 4) the Christian tells the non-Christian “I, myself, wouldn’t hang my beliefs and eternal destiny on other people’s beliefs and actions” and yet chastises the non-Christian for not believing what he has just said about eternal destiny and Jesus! Talk about logical inconsistency!!
What really pisses me off about such Christians is that they will preach and preach that all people will ultimately be responsible before God for the decision they have made about Christ. But, once the non-Christian makes that decision, fully cognizant of the information out there and fully accepting the consequences for themselves about their own “eternal destiny” if there is one, and after the non-Christian relates the decision to Christians, then the Christian STILL cannot let it rest. For some reason, they must convince you, cajole you, threaten you with hell, or any number of tactics for the decision you have just made. Are individuals responsible or not? If they are, then let us make our own decisions and be done with it! Even the bible says:
14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.
51 So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. NIV
Jesus even calls those who don’t receive the message as doomed and tells the disciples to get out of Dodge:
11 Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
Why, then, do Christians keep at it? It’s certainly not because they love you as some of the comments on this blog and others attest. Methinks they doth protest too much. I am convinced that if they can get one person to believe what they personally believe then they will feel much better about themselves and their own shaky belief system. I am certain that the most personally unconvinced religious adherents are the hardest, most vicious proselytizers.