So, Jason posts on the some form of gentle evangelism. From my point of view, being the target of an evangelical is an insult. The only reason I can think of to seek to convert a person from a religion or spiritual path is if you view the path they are on to be inferior, false, bankrupt or harmful. I am seriously asking you, dear reader, to point out the flaw in that logic. Does an evangelist, be he kind or over the top, ever say to himself the target's spiritual life is good but try to get him to give it up anyway? Please help me on this one.
Why do I ask?
First, I'm tired of this topic. I have to reconcile what I view as Christian arrogance. I seek unity with all. You can't do that while having an extreme emotional reaction against any religion or maybe you can. If there was a religion that kicked puppies every Tuesday night, would I view my opposition to that a spiritual flaw? Probably not.
Secondly, I'm reading through some famed Rosicrucian texts, Fama Fraternitatis and Confessio Fraternitatis, which can be found here. I've only read the first one. To me, it smacks of the same evangelical bend as any other form of Christianity. In Fama Fraternitatis, we discover a story of a dead man that had all the answers who goes out into the world to "correct" the "errors" of the learned. Once he was laughed out of various countries, he formed his own cloister. Of course, this story is told to us by people that never met him.
I don't know about you but as I grow spiritually the less I feel capable of correcting anyone else's errors not more. I don't view anyone else's blind spots as greater than my own. I don't go around telling people I am more spiritually evolved or at a higher rank than them. I don't feel I have all the answers. Heck, I have very few.
So, I am supposed to believe that someone enlightened does this? Maybe that is the problem. Christ did it. Buddha taught as well. Yet, I feel both of those are fundamentally different than evangelizing. Maybe because those folks had cosmic gnosis. Being Christ is much different than telling me about Christ two thousand years later. I really don't believe that cosmic gnosis is the common state of being for humans. Maybe that is the problem. Maybe every other human being is enlightened, except me. However, a look around me demonstrates that to be a dubious proposition.
Maybe I am so stuck on evangelicals that I may have the wrong interpretation of Fama as it never uses the word evangelize.
I am looking back trying to recall any trauma some evangelical inflicted upon me. I can recall some high school ostracism from some Christians that felt the music I loved was "evil". Yet, that hardly warrants the level of anger I have towards Christians that tell me I deserve to be far away from God because I don't believe as they do. Have I been so conditioned to believe them that my emotional reaction is a cover for fear that they really are right? I have no doubt evangelicals use fear to gain converts "Know Jesus its Hell without Him" is a fear tactic. Have they succeeded in getting part of me to believe it and my reaction to that is hostility?
I have no idea what is going on here but I'm pretty tired of it.
Edit: Maybe it is pride. Maybe it is simply ego to feel the emotional sting of insult even when it is logically there?