This is half correct. I do, in fact, share my thoughts to change the minds of people who think differently. Because we are living in an age of informational wealth and access to that information through various methods growing exponentially.
When I was growing up, my parents and family asked me how my “walk with the Lord” was going and reminded me that “as a Christian” our trust should remain in the Lord because he has a plan for us. As Christians, we’re to be disciples of Him and lead others to Christ so that they may go to Heaven.
It’s disgusting to even type this.
I couldn’t do it. Even during my adolescent understanding of the world, I diverted to a response that would redirect the awkwardness of these conversations away from me. I’d express honestly that I would rather lead by example. Not to Christ…no. But if anyone were to ask why I was the way I was, I told my parents I would use my actions and behavior as evidence for my spirituality.
Or something. Either way, it never happened and I never brought it up to anyone because even at a young age I thought, “what the hell do I know? And these people want me to ‘lead’ people to Christ? Whom they are absolutely positively sure exists? I can’t memorize this shit, how am I supposed to relay this stuff to other people when I don’t understand it well enough myself and neither do my parents!?”
Oh the psychological misgivings of my childhood….
The point of mentioning this is because the further my understanding has evolved toward the natural world, physics, the universe, life….the more I’ve wanted to share it with everyone and anyone. Not because of any “faith” or “belief” but because the greatest story ever told is certainly not any religious text. It’s here and now, still being written, and we’re fortunate enough to be participants of that story (…in Brian Cox’s voice: “And what a majestic story it is…”)
As Carl poetically said: "When you’re in love, you want to tell the world."
It seems baffling to me how many people have grown up this way or are living and breathing on this planet without any conception of who and what we are, why/how we’re here and how relevant and pertinent that knowledge is to not only our survival, but our understanding of ourselves.