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  • I find this completely unacceptable and agree with you entirely. No one should ever be pressured into a religion, least of all on their death bed. My thoughts are with you and your partner. +3
  • They are just trying to make sure your loved one doesn't burn in the eternal flames of Hell.
  • I would have no problem whatsoever with that. If he came in and truly was concerned for the welfare of my (or my wife's) soul, shared a message, left a blessing, all the while hoping I would "see the light" and convert, so what? I would thank him for his concern and accept his blessing. He's not trying to hurt me in anyway. In *his* eyes he is trying to help me. I respect that and appreciate his concern. If he is an honest, decent person who loves God and truly practices his religion, he won't be offended if I choose not to convert.
  • Don't you know that Christianity is the biggest pyramid scam ever concocted by man? They have to do that cause otherwise, their game and its gains would wither away
  • First off... If you have a loved one with terminal cancer in the hospital... my heart goes out to you. This is a heart breaking situation and it does not need more anxiety at this time. The belief system of the patient should be respected. You should ask the hospital administrators to request that no one other than approved visitors be allowed in to see your loved one. For anyone to try to make a "death-bed" conversion is pretty rude and shows no respect at all for the sick person's dignity.
  • you are too nice, i would of decked the hell out of someone, in my view, "preying on the weak". i hope you kicked them out of the room. something along the lines of, if you dont get the hell out of here, ill send you straight to your god's doorsteps myself.you know, or i beat you to death with that bible. of course i have some anger issues.
  • Those particular clergy are idiots. Goes to prove that a degree, be it in divinity or anything else, does not equal intelligence. My heart goes out to you both.
  • Having been raised catholic I know what a hypocritical religion it is. Their latest list of deadly sins includes amassing too much wealth. Have you been to the Vatican lately and seen the wealth? Fortunately the younger generation of believers are becoming far and few between and the Catholic Church is struggling to attract new priests with their no marrying or sex policy, so the religion won't make it past 2050 if that.
  • tell them its like trying to sell a person dictionaries when theyre terminal. you understand it comes from a good place but it is not the time and they should let your partner believe what they choose to believe
  • First of all, let me say that I'm very sorry that you and your partner are going through this. I spent the last almost seven years now dealing with the same thing. I nursed my mother through cancer and chemo for six years until she died last fall. I've been nursing my child, whose tumor is dormant, for four years and will be for a long time. It is tough and painful and I'm sorry you are going through it. Now to answer your question. I would have no problems with an Imam sticking his head in the door and asking if we'd like to talk to him, then leaving if we say "no thank you." That is what Christian clergy should be doing as well, unless you are in a church run hospital. If the sign says St. Joseph, Good Samaritan, Baptist or Jewish, then you can expect something different, its their hospital. When Christ sent the disciples out to preach, he told them to stop at the first house and bless it. If they were welcomed, they should let their blessing stay on that house and stay to preach. But if they were not welcomed, they should shake the dust of that town off their feet in protest and leave. But here is something to consider: if God is not real, then the attempt to "convert" you is merely semantic and probably annoying. If God is real, and the clergy believes it is real and believes your partner is going to be left out of heaven otherwise, then what they are doing is an act of love. It isn't fun to approach angry and resistant people. It is very hard to keep putting yourself out there to be insulted and villified. Sometimes they probably want to just curl up in a ball and whine "God, its too hard. Don't ask me to do it anymore." But if they truly believe that God and Heaven are real, they'll probably get up and do it again, not because they believe you are going to hell if they don't, but because they believe you will miss the joy of heaven and the love of Christ.
  • I think a person should be CONVINCED of what they believe...and if they truly are convinced then nothing anybody else says will matter. No one could convince me that God does not exist..I know He does, like I know I breath.... I'm not afraid to hear about other religions or beliefs because nothing they say can change my mind. Everyone who TRULY believes in ... something, has a internal drive to get others to see truth. And its not wrong... and there's nothing wrong with it. I wouldn't be offended by someone of another religion talking to me about their faith....although they will never change me. I would Love to see everyone acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, because I KNOW He is. Though I will not cross someones will in order to do it...and neither will God. Thanks for your question!
  • If I was in a Buddhist (like somewhere in India) country...i would expect it and politely refuse. If I were in a Christian country,(like the USA) I would expect it and let them know I am already a Christian. It is not wrong to suggest another religion. It becomes wrong when it is made mandatory to belive someone else's religion....which is where the whole world is headed.
  • I was raised as a Christian and don't want ANYONE bothering me or my family with that.What you do is tell them not to bother you or your family.If there is still a problem,then tell the hospital staff that you don't to be bothered by this person.It's that simple.
  • In the USA, most hospitals have adopted polices that restrict religious visits to only those you ask for. So even your own ministers or whoever can't come in a visit you unless you request it, usually at admittance. Some exceptions are if it is a religious hospital, then sometimes their minister may come in but if you request them not to, they don't. These rules have been placed to protect the patients privacy and rights.
  • First, I truly empathize with you. I lost a woman I loved dearly to cancer and know first hand how painful it is. Even looking at some of the answers, it is obvious why the clergyman keeps pestering you; Christians often mean well but have a very arrogant sense of the end justifying the means. He simply feels that "because he is right", it is ok to go against your wishes "for your own good". I know this first hand too because my family is mostly Christian and I am Buddhist. I am bombarded daily with as bunch of Jesus mail or getting speeches on being saved despite letting them know I clearly have zero interest. If i were to flood their emails with spam from other religions they would be highly offended , yet see no problem with doing it. One relative had the nerve to be offended that I brought a Buddhist book in her home despite it being strictly for my own reading. The only advice i can give you is to do your best to respectfully continue to say thanks but no thanks and focus on supporting your partner.
  • I would behave toward an Imam the same way I would behave toward a Catholic priest, or a Jewish rabbi, or a Buddist monk, or a Jehova's Witness, or any of a thousand other religious leaders: "Thank you so very much for your concern and compassion. We have our own beliefs, but you are a very good representative of yours. May the Universe bless you." : ) Just because someone believes differently than you do and is concerned about your spiritual well-being, does not mean that you have to be cold and unkind. Acting like you're offended only makes your OWN religion look like hell.
  • Are you familiar with Edgardo Mortara? This may have happened along time in the past (19th century Italy). The basic mentality of spreading Christianity has not changed that much. In short a Christian baby sitter preformed a baptism on a jewish child because she thought he was dying and did not want his soul to go to hell. He did not die so the church took him away from his parents now that he was baptized. That is just skimming the top of it.
  • How about the Hara Krishna, their claim is that if you do the chant even one time it will get you off the wheel of karma. Did you put a set of shrines out in the yard to break the karma?
  • It's all about whatever the dying person wants. If the dying person wants them there and wants to discuss it, then who am I to get in the way?
  • Invite the clown to do a baptism and then tell him his job is done and to get the hell out. can't really hurt to cover all the bases , but once they pour the water , I doubt that your friend would occasion to sin in a way that the preacher would be needed. with me: I pray for Grace but I trust in Karma. If your Karma is straight to good, then grace is never in doubt.

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