What would the world be like if everyone kept their beliefs to themselves?

This is in response to the article written for the issue of Oct. 16 called “Please don’t preach to me.”I’m sorry for all of those out there who all have the common belief that no one should share their beliefs to others. What would the world be like today if everyone kept their beliefs to themselves? How far along would we be in science and technology? How much chaos would there be because no one understood where the other was coming from simply because they could not voice their beliefs. It is built into all people to believe in something that can not be seen or even proven at times, but that is what makes it a belief and that is what makes it faith. One thing that Mr. Amabile stated that I do agree with is the fact that even within someone’s own religious system there are different beliefs. That comes from the fact that no matter what religion you are on this campus you probably are getting your facts from a book of some sort; the Bible, the Quran, whatever it is it can be interpreted so many different ways to so many people.I hate that fact of “religion.” This may sound a bit clich to those who don’t believe, but I don’t look at it as being my religion. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart, soul and mind because I was never the same again when he came into my life. I look around on campus at all the people who are walking so blindly. I was once one of those people. I would party every night and have so much fun doing it, but at night, at home in my bed, after the good feeling was gone, it was replaced with loneliness and emptiness. I knew that there was something missing in my life. Something that drinking, drugs, and sex could never bring me. Then, Jesus Christ found me because it says in John 15:16- “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit” So let me ask you a question: if you knew the cure of AIDS would you keep it to yourself, or would you shout it from the highest building in New York? I know the cure to life where you can have everlasting life- should I not share that with everyone I see? Don’t tell me not to preach to you. That will only make me more persistent. America was founded on religious freedom, so I have the right, but even if I didn’t have the right, I would still shout it from every rooftop in town. He has changed me. No one can explain that. Until you feel what I’m talking about you will never fully understand. So you can mock me all you want, but that’s OK because it says, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates youIf they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:18-20. Please then, mock me because then I know I must be doing the right thing. But what do you know about his love anyway? If you have never experienced the love of Jesus Christ you are missing out, and nothing can fill that gap. Try with all your might to be happy in the world, but you will find it impossible. No amount of “fun” will ever bring the joy the lord has to give. Obviously, I am right because Mr. Amabile seems very bitter. I wonder if he really does have peace and joy. No, I will not stop telling of his love because it is what we as Christians were called to do. I will never deny him because someone asks me to do it. Oh, and one more thing. Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t make it any less true. For hundreds of years they believed the world was flat, but during those years the world was round, so when men came along saying that it wasn’t flat and the people didn’t believe- did that make the earth any less round? You can choose to believe or not to believe, but that won’t make it any less true.

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