I once was recruited by a sect/denomination known as the Christian Alliance Church. These were some hardcore believers, not your garden variety churchgoer who deep down knows heaven is a longshot but prefers not to think rationally. The Alliance Church saw missionary work as part of their duty as good Christians, and our youth leaders had been all over the word spreading the good word of our good Lord.
From their perspective, there was nothing immoral about prosthelytizing. Why should there be? As I said, these were no fakers; they genuinely believed the official story the bible feeds us. That means death marks a fork in the road, two paths to two very different eternities. Believers spend forever in paradise; non-believers go to hell.
So if that’s what you believe, you see yourself as doing someone a big favor if you attempt to convert them. You are “saving” them.
Recently a Marine in Fallujah gave out Christian coins to Iraqi residents. On one side, the coins asked “Where will you spend eternity?” and on the flip side displayed the beloved New Testament verse, John 3:16. The Marine wasn’t trying to disrespect anybody; he was trying to “save” them. A selfless act of caring, redirecting what he saw as a hellbound peoples.
To many of the Muslim natives, however, the soldier’s actions, coupled with last week’s Qu’ran target-shooting episode, represents a blatant and willful attempt on the part of Americans to spread Christianity across the world.
Once again, the West and East demonstrate their complete ignorance about each other’s cultures.
These repeated cultural misunderstandings are just further evidence that no God exists (or, at best, that the God who created man is completely disconnected from the Gods that man created). Either that, or He wants to see us suffer. An all-knowing, all-powerful entity would have the good sense to teach his science project not to self-destruct. If He loved us.