Why is it that devout and born-again Christians feel the need to proclaim the supremacy of their religion while simultaneously making underhanded comments that disparage your own beliefs? I was recently reading through an exchange on a message forum where a discussion of separation of church and state was brought up. One participant stated that he/she was not a Christian, and the first sentence of the rebuttal to this person's post was "I'm sorry you're not, but it's your choice...". This type of comment is typical of Christians who feel that they've found the only way to live one's life, and is a very bigoted point of view. I'm not a fan of bigots.
Many Christians have a superiority complex about their religious convictions. I'd like them to re-examine their belief system, which apparently allows for bigotry and judgement upon those who do not share their beliefs. Here are some things that I have been told:
- "I've studied [insert your belief system here], only to find true peace and happiness in Christ."
- "I'm glad you've found temporary ways [referring to my belief system] to deal with this crazy world we live in."
- "Satan puts a little truth in every lie." - Said in reference to my comment that Buddhist teachings make quite a bit of sense.
- "It's like having the cure to cancer, and wanting to share it with everyone".
There are many others, but my memory is failing me at this point. All of the aforementioned comments were directed at me by those wishing to convert me.
To all Christians: Please keep your beliefs to yourself, as well as your sly comments about my beliefs to yourself. Religion is very personal. Let's keep it that way. Your religion is flawed, as are all in some way, and therefore has nothing better to offer than any other.
I'm speaking to Christians here in particular, because I've yet to be approached by a Muslim, Hare Krishna, Buddhist, Taoist, etc... who tried to impose their beliefs upon me.