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  • There seems to be a common misconception, typified by what spiderfarmer said []: "there are Christians who actually live according the rules of the creed...and then there are [those who] try to shove the crucifix down others' throats".

    Any Christian who is living "according to the rules of the creed" is going to be active, to some degree, in attempting to spread the Gospel. It's at those who don't that one could point the finger of hypocrisy.

    One of the last things Jesus said to his disciples was, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." Mark 16:15

    And near the beginning, he said "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

    The apostle Paul, the greatest first-century exponent of the Christian faith, wrote that Christ sent "some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers... so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith..." Ephesians 4:11-13

    Christians didn't make this up*; it's right there, in their sacred scriptures. They're doing what their religion and consciences are telling them to do.

    * Except to the extent that they made up the whole shebang, including the New Testament writings -- if that's what you choose to believe.

    Quotations from the New International Version.

    • That's a reasonable point, but is there also a command that Christians aren't allowed to consider what methods of evangelism are most likely to be effective and what methods are counterproductive? How many recruits are gained by the "shove the crucifix down others' throats" methods, and how many people are instead made much more resistant to Christianity?

      (Of course, spiderfarmer's use of "crucifix" isn't very appropriate, since I doubt the pilot in question is Catholic.)