Bible bashers and God botherers
The title of this post comes from the disparaging terms used by many to describe those who take it upon themselves to knock on doors and preach to the occupant. Uninvited. Unwanted. Unwelcome.
Yet again I have been assailed in my home by such persons representing religion. Their standard spiel is to talk about the dire state of the world, and, it seems to me, to engender fear into the heart of the person, in order to convince them that they can be ‘saved’ if only they join this or that church. They are keen to quote passages from the bible, to back up their words. There appears to be an ever increasing emphasis on the ‘bad’ situations occurring in communities and it is this aspect that has finally riled me sufficiently to express my views here. What about all the volunteer firefighters who are currently putting their own lives at risk to fight the fires burning around the countryside? What about all those who go out of their way each and every day to help others less fortunate? I’m the last person to have a Pollyanna-ish view of the world – in fact quite the opposite! But let’s give credit where credit is due, and not condemn all of society because of the actions of a few rotten ones. Surely a so-called representative of God should be affirming ‘good’ behaviour, and not harking on about the dreadful state of affairs?
Never have I heard them talk about their personal relationship with their god. Never have they told me about an amazing experience they’ve had where they personally felt touched by their god. Nor have they asked me about any numinous experience that I may have had. I would welcome an exchange of this nature, I’d be happy to invite them inside for a cup of tea, if I thought there would be a frank and honest discussion about gods and such like.