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so says the christian with a microphone in leeds. what's the best phrase you've heard on the street today?
the "you will see him in your lifetime because you are going to die" bit.
I know you didn't ask this, but I have real mixed feelings about Christians doing street preaching. I admire their bravery but then I wonder whether anyone is even a bit convinced by what they say.
Quick DiS survey - have any of you gained more respect for Christianity due to what a street preacher has said?
perhaps i am too cynical but i always give the props to the man, not the Big Man.
trying to scare/force people into beleiving= not good.
much much less. But for that individual, rather than Christianity itself. Also, I tend to assume street preachers are mentally ill.
I always found it interesting that street preachers are derided as weirdos and nutters wherever you go - yet, what was Jesús if not an itinerant and street-nutter himself?
but it's always kinda fun to be a bit of a nut :)
in big capital letters on the jumper of a quasi-religious entho-nationalist nutcase who asks us to put posters up at work for a group who proclaim that the jews are wrong and that it is the british who are gods chosen people.
they even have 'indisputable proof' from the bible itself - for example god promised abraham he would father a great nation, no country has ever been greater than the british empire (we even have great in our name!) therefore god couldn't be referring to anything other than 'us'.
I haven't heard any interesting phrases on the street recently. But on the train coming home from work the other day there was an old lady playing silly games with a small child (her grandson, I think). She was throwing tissues at the kid and flicking a hanky or towel at his nose.
So not much approval for street-preaching, then?
it's annoying or scary, isn't it? I doubt many people get converted that way. Christians doing charitable work and helping people is much more likely to convert people.
the only ones I've seen have been aggressive and don't seem to want to win new fans. More of the 'YOU'RE ALL GOING TO HELL, SINNERS' variety, rather than some reasoned 'Do you know why Jesus is great?' stuff.
That's the approach I try to use! Another thing that always seems to get the thumbs up is when Christians are interviewed on TV after (for example) their kid has been murdered and they say they don't want revenge.
If only more Christians followed what Jesus said were the two most important things - love God with everything and love those around you.
"Do you know why Jesus is great?"
"Because he had the power to get people to devote their entire lives to blinding flashes of the patantly obvious? Ooh, continue not being cunts to people! So THAT'S the secret! What was that you say? DON'T steal people's stuff? Why was that again? Because they don't like it? Of course! It all makes so much sense now!"
According to the Bible, anyway...
'Do good to those who hate you. PRay for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.'
'Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired.'
'My purpose is to give life in all its fullness'.
Jesus' message was much more than 'be excellent to each other', although that's a great place to start!
And yes it was a deliberate reference! :-)
Sounds to me that all those could easily come under the banner of "Be excellent to each other".
Yeah maybe. I'm thinking that most people don't have a problem with being friendly and helpful to friends and family but Jesus' message in the Bible is that Christians should actively repay evil with good and not seek revenge.
'Be excellent to each other' could easily be understood as only a rule for interacting with people you like, I reckon. It doesn't go as far as Jesus' way of living.
are either horrendously insane homophobes or racists or slightly insane.
i want to go and challenge her but she is pretty terrifying.
as Some of you know i am wiccan and i had to go in a job search with some Jesus nut
i told my coach (was was also a witch) she told me to just hide my pentagram from her yet they where fine with her handing out leftlets
chocotrousers in the washing machine!!!!