Great Aunt emailed me asking why Indians are distrustful of “conversion”. (Oh dear, what will we do when my two families finally crash into each other)
OY. I am NOT TRYNA CONVERT my Indian half of the family. But I didn’t open up that can of worms.
Here is the unsent second half of the reply email. It’s kinda all over the place hence why I deleted it in the interest of coherency. Still gotta prepare a powerpoint for the fundies of my family. hah.
My boyfriend’s family doesn’t think about conversion much, I don’t think they have thoughts on it either way… My mother in law is really happy I’m “from a family with morals”.
But I do have somewhat different beliefs on Hell than my family which make me uninterested in converting anyone. I think Jesus was sent to teach us how to love, not just as a get-out-of-hell free card. And I don’t think he’s going to punish anyone for not being taught that they need to pray a certain prayer.
When I was in India the second time I visited a Sikh temple. They serve a free meal all day long, it being a part of their religion to feed the poor and anyone else who wants a meal. The servers of the food were so kind. So many people in the temple that day. It was such a calm and quiet place. And in my mind I just imagined God funneling all these people into an eternity of torture. The nice old man telling me the tea was very hot, so I should be careful. Ayya it brings me to tears.
I think Jesus recognizes love more than he recognizes someone “praying the prayer” and I believe putting your faith in love is the exact same as following Jesus. I don’t know how I got so lucky as to meet a man who is so kind and compassionate. I can’t believe there are real human beings who are this kind and compassionate.
I do believe that everything will become clear in time. All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.…” – 1 John 4:8
Notice how I say “I think” and “I believe” in an effort to not challenge her deeply held convictions. True Christians never do the same for me *sigh*. Also…. feels like I need to continuously assert that I STILL LOVE JESUS YOU GUYS. Like if I don’t my whole family will cry.