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August 2nd, 2006, 05:16 PM
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Just wondering how some of you handle proselytizing.....like the JW's that knock on your door every so often, well-meaning friends that want to help you "find your way", or any other forms of it...? (biblical readings in trick-or-treat bags, etc...)

Do you entertain their discussion? If so, do you find it often becomes a one-sided discussion? (i.e. they're not hearing you, but rather waiting for their turn to talk)



I personally went through a phase of debate and debunking at every opportunity, but have found that to ultimately be rather useless and so have resigned myself to just letting them have their views and I'll have mine....otherwise I'd be just as bad as them and start proselytizing atheism. Same sh*t, different brand, basically.
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August 3rd, 2006, 10:29 AM
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I used to look for those opportunities to argue. but not anymore. for one thing, no one's tried to convert me in i don't know how long. for another, i've come to try to see things from their POV. if they honestly believe i'm going to be tortured eternally, then it's their moral duty to do everything they can to stop me.

yes, it's annoying, but they do it with good intentions.
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August 3rd, 2006, 07:29 PM
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It depends, if it's just a random encounter with someone I will just find a way to escape the conversation. If it's someone I know or find myself always running into, I may sit down with them and discuss; I find if I do not make myself clear and point out my arguments, they will just keep cornering me with their speeches (if it's someone I am around a lot) Usually after a few logical arguments on my part against their beliefs they will see that nonlogic doesn't work with me and I'm a pretty futile person to try and preach to
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August 5th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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Usually when the JW come to my door I just tell them I don't believe in it.

Last time they came I was just waiting for DH to get home from work so we could head to the hospital and have the baby and I said "sorry, I'm about to have a baby" and they looked freaked out and left.
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