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Why Do People Try To Force Their Beliefs on
Dear Brother Ron
I'm at work and this guy talks about how hot this lady is in the picture and
it turns out that is a Chinese or Thai god or spiritual figure like the
Virgin Mary. He asked if I believed in that and I said no. He asked if I was
Buddhist. I said no. He kept asking and I said I don't have a religion, I do
believe in God and all I just don't choose ONE WAY. And he kept lecturing me
how I SHOULD CHOOSE one religion to have God help me so that I won't go to
hell. Who the heck is he to tell me what to do? I said, "Sir, you have your
beliefs and I have mine, let's leave it at that. I don't think I'm going to
He just kept going on and on! Now I know what an atheist feels like although
I'm not one.
You believe in God. That's good. That means you are a spiritual person. You
are not a religious person. That's OK too. Religion and spirituality are two
different things entirely. Spirituality is how you relate to the Spirit of
God within you. Religion is the public display of that relationship.
Religions serve a lot of good purposes. They give you an opportunity to
fellowship with fellow believers and learn and grow from one another. They
provide religious training for our children. When a group unites its
spiritual energies and focuses them, they produce a symbiotic effect (the
whole is greater than the sum of its parts). And churches are far more
efficient than the government or even most charities in providing help to
As fas as going to hell if you don't have religion, that's just
organizational marketing on the part of the various denominations. If you
choose to keep your relationship with God private, I'm sure He won't mind at