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Comments for entry Turnabout is fair play!
Turnabout is fair play!
It's true though...
I once had an aquaintance who was constantly trying to convert me to Christianity. I would see her on music gigs, and somehow or other she would find a way to say something like, "I just don't get it. What do you guys have against Jesus? He died for you too, you know." Or she would say, "Why are the Jews so stubborn? Jesus said we should approach him like children and just accept his love like a child loves its mother." I would try to be nice to her and say things back like, "Well, you know, its hard to change someone's beliefs." But she would persist and I would always start to feel like an animal trapped in a corner because I did not want to have to fight with her, since we were in a professional situation, yet I did not appreciate her aggressive pushing of her beliefs on me.
Finally one day when she was going on and on and questioning my every answer, I pushed back and said, "Why don't you become a Jew?" She looked absolutely shocked! She said that Jesus died for us all so it makes no sense for her to become a Jew. So I said, "How do you know he died for you? How do you know he ever existed?" She said she has faith. So I said, "So what? Some people believe in Allah. Some people believe in Zeus. Is it your idea that people should just have faith in anything and then that is okay?" So she said, "No, you have to have faith in the truth." So I said, "How do you know what you believe is the truth?" She said, "I just know it." Then I said, "Oh yeah? Well I just know Judaism is the truth, so I think you should become a Jew!" By this point she was getting nervous and she said, "I think we should end this conversation", and she started to walk away.
I followed her and said, "I don't think we should end this conversation. I think you should sit here and let me do to you what you have been doing to me for years! It's not so enjoyable when the shoe is on the other foot is it?"
That was the last time she tried to push her beliefs on me. She probably decided that I was destined for hell and there was nothing she could do to "save" me. But I was glad that she finally got a taste of her own medicine. And isn't it remarkable how so many people like to dish it out, but they don't like to take it.
The golden rule of Judaism is, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you". We would have a much better world if more people practiced that, rather than, "Do to others what you would not want done to you". If you don't want people trying to convert you to their religion, then don't try to convert people to yours. It is one thing if someone asks you for your opinion. But pushing your beliefs is an act of aggresson. As my mother always says, "Live and let live".
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 21.05.2008
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