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Why do you insist on imposing your religion on people–can’t you just live and let live?

Full Question

I don’t care if you’re Catholic or Protestant. You shouldn’t impose your religion on people. Missionaries have no right to tell other people about religion. My philosophy is live and let live.

Answer

That may be your philosophy, but it’s not what Jesus said. He told his disciples to take the gospel to all men: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:18-19).

This is known as the Great Commission, not the Great Imposition.

Jesus commanded his followers to make others Christians through preaching and baptism. We must all, in one capacity or another, be evangelists and present the truth of Christ to those who don’t yet accept it. In so doing, we aren’t imposing anything on them. Christ wants a free acceptance of himself and his message.

Evangelization is not an imposition but an act of charity. Through it the whole truth about God and man is made known to people in need. Those outside the Church hear the message of Christ the Savior and become united with him in his Church, his Mystical Body.

“Live and let live” is a false philosophy. It reduces to Cain’s question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In things spiritual as well as things material, we are indeed our brother’s keeper.










5 comments

  1. Scott Klimczak Reply

    A Catholic site shouldn’t have ads prompting laity to “Become an Official Pastor”.

  2. Barbara Ward Reply

    “Evangelization is not an imposition but an act of charity. Through it the whole truth about God and man is made known to people in need.” Unfortunately there are many out there who don’t feel they are in need of hearing about God/Jesus. Those who do not believe in God or anything associated with a Creator/God will deny His existence and consider all that do to be ignorant, stupid, and even mentally unsound. I have left several discussion groups because of how hateful and rude some of the language was in return of my comments defending my faith. Don’t understand how or why these folks get so upset over something they claim they don’t believe exists.

  3. Daniel Donovan Reply

    ◄ Matthew 10:14 
    If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

  4. ElGalloDeOro Reply

    Scott klimczak the ads are connected to whatever you look up

  5. pauline warren Reply

    If you don’t care why did you come to this site to make your statement. Jesus told the apostles that they will go out and preach to all the corners of the earth. Every religion seems to have evangilization. Seems like you don’t believe in GOD! If so than to each his own right. Other people talking about God or religion should not bother you at all, OR, does it? In my experience usually people who don’t understand or want to usually are the ones who make derogitory statements. I will pray for you.

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