proselityzing on Facebook

Heather - posted on 08/19/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else here have friends or family who use their facebook updates to constantly introduce topics that make you feel like you've accidentally stumbled into a Bible study group? If so, how do you deal with it? I'm a very "All paths are one path" kind of person but the assumption that everyone is Christian on their part is really starting to get to me.

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Elizabeth - posted on 09/03/2010

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If the topics start to bother me too much I tend to remove that friend or family member from my FB as it is their right to post whatever they feel like posting and it is my right to not read things I deem offensive or irksome. At some point you have to gage is your irritation level with these sorts of things higher than your need/want to keep updated with friends and family.
Personally, if they comment on your post with something that makes you feel uncomfortable then voice that to the person by sending them an e-mail so that you're not dragging it out into public view which would be uncomfortable for both parties more than likely.
Good luck.

Laura - posted on 08/26/2010

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I use the "hide" feature on FB that allows me to limit the apps (and people if you want to) that get posted. If folks are using a group or app, you can go to the upper right hand corner of the offending post and click on "hide". A menu should appear that will give you the choice of either hide just the app/group or hiding the person. Select your choice and "poof" the offending post (and any subsequent posts) will be hidden! If you don't want to hide certain people, then simply skim their posts and ignore. Ultimately you can always "unfriend" someone...Hope this helps

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Margaret - posted on 01/31/2011

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It's difficult to remember sometimes that we all get trapped in that boat: we all want to express our feelings with our beliefs, and I'm sure my posts on FB annoy others. Usually I just ignore them, or congratulate them if it's a piece of good news. If they start asking me when I'm going to church, then I either explain what I believe or delete them if necessary. Tolerance and patience are two of my personal most difficult virtues to exercise. I try to remind myself that, if they are a friend of mine on FB, there's usually a good reason that they are; if there isn't, then I cut the cord, so to speak.

Rebecca - posted on 01/22/2011

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I have deleated those people. I am in no way opposed to them being christian, and they should in no way be opposed to me being open minded and thinking for myself. I think it is one thing for them to reference their faith and religion for themselves, but when they are posting scriptures as their status repeatedly, they are trying to force it.

Heather - posted on 09/11/2010

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I agree with both ideas. I figure I'll go to the Summerland when I pass & if I need to I'll get another turn on the wheel;)

Heather - posted on 09/11/2010

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Yep, Amy. I do that too. When I feel joyful or when I'm bugged by other posts I pick a piece of flair that expresses what I feel without being preachy or negative;o)

Pink - posted on 09/10/2010

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Off topic... I believe in reincarnation... underworld or else seems such a waste of souls...no? Plus how else to explain feeling love at first sight and connecting in a blink with new people and having the gift to be able to do certain things easy even if it's the first time? The idea of going to a place to stay forever and never live again makes me sad.

Amy - posted on 09/10/2010

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When I first joined Facebook I was surprised by all of the Christian postings. It did bother me but then I realized that I'm just as bad as them! I'd have something magical happen in my life and there I was emoting Blessed Be's for all to see. Personally, I find Christianity very limiting, but for many people, this is their god. I'm always honored when a Christian offers to pray for me, that means that they care for you. When they ask me about my soul, I tell them with confidence that I am saved (my Goddesses have saved me numerous times from numerous things and have saved me a great seat in the underworld). The Christians are just emoting spiritual bliss. It's rather fun, you should try it.

Amy - posted on 09/01/2010

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I've found that most of the Christian validation status updates are some sort of chain. It's just like the 'support our troops', 'I've got the best (fill in family relationship)', etc. I find that I ignore them for several reasons - most of which have already been touched on by others. The only thing that I haven't seen brought up by anyone else yet is the validation of christian beliefs for those who are putting up these posts. From a christian standpoint, things are going very poorly in the world and they are scared - especially if they listen to any of the fear-mongerers out there. So, it seems normal to me that these christians are trying desperately to validate their beliefs to themselves by getting other people to post the same status updates as they do - all proclaiming that they are christian and love god, etc.

Genifer - posted on 08/26/2010

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It is irritating but I don't like giving it any power. Ignore it because the more you start to think about it, the more annoyed you get. Remember the Pagan way - tolerance.

Katrina - posted on 08/26/2010

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I have family members that I'm friended to that are ministers as well as a good friend that's a minister. And of course I have a lot of family in general that are Christians, some of which that are pretty hard core "born agains". The closer family all know my household's religious choices and are accepting of them(or at least don't try to convert me or bother me) but they still always post things in their status' all the time. It is their right so, like I said before, I just skim and move on, ignoring them. If it's am app I hide it like Laura suggested because my wall is full enough as it is so anything to controll the chaos is good LOL

Heather - posted on 08/26/2010

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Thanks, Laura. I may try hiding them for awhile. Katrina, you're right that they just want validation so I will just stick to saying what I feel in my own status updates & not try to respond to theirs when I disagree.

Katrina - posted on 08/25/2010

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I just skim past them and essentially ignore them. They only want to hear those who agree. It's not worth the hassle.

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