My theory is - most people who have a nervous breakdown either start crying or just stare out of the window, while others 'find religion' - which makes it really impossible for anyone to treat so they're doubly screwed.
I had one ask me once - "What would you think if you realized you were talking to a prophet of God"? I mean, what do you say to that? "I'd call a f***in' doctor!" But I just looked at her and she went away.
Some of them need a slap really - and I might even try that next time just to see what happens - but that would probably make me the devil in their eyes and sent to test them - so you see, there's just no winning.
Best to walk away really.
[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2009, at 19:07 by fabyomama ]
I suppose everyone's talking about preachers disguised as travellers, as in they dress normal and stuff?
Over here I keep seeing groups of Western people who board our public trains at stations where there are churches nearby. They're obviously not local and they wear stuff that make them look like they're trainee monks and nuns (sorry, dunno the proper terms!) They all have nametags that say things like "My name is Sister Bessie". They split up when boarding the trains and start talking to people who look like they have nothing to do. They only stop if their targets alight, or when they reach their destination and they all alight together.
I've learnt to have a book with me or to be busy texting on my mobile whenever I pass these stations. But they obviously aren't disguising.
Maybe the preachers were travellers. Everyone needs a holiday occasionally. Over the past few years I've seen some American kids of about 18 or 19 years old with their 'Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints' badges - and weird names like Elmer on them - in town, politely asking questions of the agnostic natives of Old England.
Hmm, in a way you are both right and wrong.
For LDS families it is a sacred duty to send their sons (and if possible their daughters) abroad for a year so that these kids can do missionary work. These families save up for it like they would otherwise save up for a college education. It is all organised by the LDS church. After highschool they get a few months of training and then they are send off.
So they are fullfilling a duty. It is not voluntarily and some are pretty homesick.
The only positive thing I can find about it that these guys get to see some other part of the world. It will challenge them, maybe make them think out of their box. Plus in order to preach they'll need to learn a foreign language, and that is something few do in modern day USA. Also US teens taking gap years are rare, so seeing the LDS preachers makes me think that all hope is not lost. If they inspire one non-LDS teen from the USA to go travelling ...
Oh yeah, I have also met a few LDS preachers who got the travel bug that way.
Seriously, there's worse they could be doing than handing out bibles and making a pest of themselves. There's enough ratbags trying to steal your wallet, sell you drugs, stick a knife in your back, pimp their daughters or some underaged drugged out pathetic creature to make these guys look harmless.
The people that I hate are those that prey on the vulnerable with promises of a btter life but set them up as sex slaves who are forced to sell themselves as a "tourist attraction" in some sleazy backstreet of Amsterdam or Bangkok.
It's these people who will rot in hell.
Give me a bible basher anyday.
Post#14#.... Give me The Amsterdam Red Light - any day, week, month, year, decade and far beyond!!
N.B.: A friend of my brother is a Satanist. Everytime these folks ring at his door he lets them in. Usually these folks hang around for hours once they are inside your home. But all he has to do is let them into his living room (all black and grey, black candles, inverted cross, pentagram, sex furniture for some bondage play) and turn around with an evil smile and they run like HELL. My brother has a video of it on his mobile - it is hilarious!
LOL. He should put that on Youtube.
If you fix the doorbell to play a hymn - by the time you open the door, they might have gone.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-May-2009, at 09:26 by fabyomama ]
The South Pacific is lousy with those azzholes.
Where I stayed on Vava'u Island there were some independent preachers-a Mother/Daughter/Grand daughter team- staying in the room next to me and they were having a tough time of it.
I guess all the souls on the Island were spoken for because no one wanted to let them preach, they were constantly being turned down even had one school principal visit them in person to explain that they couldn't come near the students.
I must be one ugly SOB though because they never came near me!
Strooth.... Is there any little corner of the planet that these leeches don't get to?? Please let me know. I'll try and get a flight there.
The South Pacific is lousy with those azzholes ... I must be one ugly SOB though because they never came near me!
Maybe they thought you were past redemption.