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Monday, July 28, 2003



Michael, perhaps what you are bumping into is a conflict between two strong forces:

1) the desire to help people by telling them about something that helped you
2) the desire to live by the Golden Rule and to treat people as you would have them treat you

Presumably, you wouldn't want <insert least favorite religious group> to try to convert you. You might even find yourself getting very angry if <insert least favorite religious group> pitched you. You might become very distressed even if they are very polite about it if it completely goes against what you believe: imagine how you'd feel if someone started explaining to you why he thought that polygamous marriages with girls <insert your daughter's age> were a Holy Thing.

Because you can't know someone's religious inclination, you can't know if you are in their least-favorite-religious-group or not. Thus, you can't know if you would be causing them distress or not. Thus, you can't tell if you would be violating #2.

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hi Michael,

I think you're in the right place:
"I am a slime..."

Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (Lk. 5:31)

let the healing begin!

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