Anyone else have a "conversion attempt" tag?
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Has anybody else ever done the same?
Already all the books and pamplets are stacking up. (Taking up precious room on my bookshelves) I wouldnt mind reading them if only to understand better how my Dad thinks. But the problem is what I do understand about his beliefs I am usually hurt and offended by. He seems to be against any religion that is not his own. Its frustrating. I havent bothered entering those books into the LT though.
I figured I had to bring them out, though, because my own problems with my mother have a habit of making me a jerk to perfectly innocent Christians in work discussions sometimes.
I would prefer not to talk religion with my father but he brings it up every time I speak to him! Its hard for me not to blame it all on christians. Even though I know deep down its not there fault. Its just that so many of the christians I know are examples of christians at there worst.
Its possible to talk calmly even with the ones who's beliefs offend me, and I think the secret is distance.
Last night I witnessed a fight between two Christians in the office. Over a dogma issue (whether or not the Old Testament still "counts") they nearly got into a fistfight. Today, I had a discussion about the nature of the universe with the hardline evangelical who was in that fight, and neither of us even raised our voices. I wasn't "supposed to" agree with him, so he didn't get upset. And since he was just a coworker, he wasn't "supposed to" approve of me, so it didn't bug me when it didn't.
Of course, a sense of humor is needed on both sides.
"Why didn't you go to church?"
"Because I'm a grown woman."
"You could use a little church."
"I'm fine with my choices."
And then a change of subject.
Conversion attempts don't bother me all that much, but they do amuse me. :)
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