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"Freedom to convert" is counterproductive as a generalized doctrine. It fails to come to terms with the complex interrelationships between self and society that make the concept of individual choice meaningful. Hence, religious conversion undermines, and in extremes would dissolve, that individual autonomy and human freedom.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

What’s wrong with conversion?

Though the Christian belief of saving souls seems outwardly innocent, on the inside it is the exact opposite. There are many reasons why conversion is wrong.
  1. Intolerance towards other Faiths – In the eyes of a Christian, all who do not belief in Christ are damned eternally. Therefore, anyone who is not a Christian is not a good person in the eyes of a Christian and it is his/her duty to “save” or convert them.

    With this view, it is impossible for a Christian to peacefully coexist with them. In a true Christian’s ideal world, all humans will be “saved”. This means that the whole world would have to be Christian and all other faiths must be destroyed. Just this statement alone proves what is wrong with this Christian ideology.

  2. Superiority Complex – By holding a belief that only those who believe in Christ will go to heaven, Christians develop a superiority complex with two distinct types of humans: Christians and the heathens.

    This view can be seen in many aspects of Christian culture. In old Western movies, there is always a Native American who is portrayed as a savage who is out for the blood of the heroic White cowboy, who wants nothing more than peaceful co-existence. Invariably, the Red Indians were projected as the ones that caused problems, and that the white man was on the defensive. The movies continued the missionary propaganda of attempting to show that the Native Americans or “heathen-folk” are sub-human animals and deserved what they got: death. It is only now that the truth is slowly being told, and many of the so-called heroes of the white Christian Americans are no longer considered as such.

  3. The Golden Rule – This is a simple rule that even toddlers follow in the playground, yet some Christians can not understand it. It’s simple, the golden rule which the Bible even preaches: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Let others practice their own faith, even if you don’t agree with them.
How would Christians like it if Hindus started coming to America and started converting Christians to Hinduism? They probably wouldn’t like it very much. Well in fact, from history we can see they hated it. Decades ago, many Christian youth in America began converting the Hindu movement known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Their Christian parents were so against this conversion that they were told be the church to kidnap, falsely imprison or physically abuse their children in order to prevent them from converting to this non-Christian spirituality.
In essence, evangelism is nothing less than an act of violence, hate and intolerance against non-Christians. Put in simpler terms: evangelism is a hate crime.


At 5/30/2005 11:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the fact that coversion to a religion is enshrined in its original holy literature and is a central part of its practice (read "virtuous deed for its followers") means that religiously extremist/conservative groups will keep promoting the conversion agenda under the guise of adherence to their own religion. Why do you think the Crusades/Jihad have grown to be timelessly relevant concepts for the last 1500 years or so?


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