One thing I will definitely NOT miss about being in college: having complete strangers accost you in the street and tell you what your religious beliefs should be, and then proceed to sound extremely disappointed upon hearing what your current religious beliefs are.
Today, for the third time since I have attended UMBC, two very sweet people stopped me while I was clearly rushing to get somewhere and to be productive. They looked lost, as if they wanted to ask me a question, so I stopped to be polite, ready to direct them to the Commons or to the library or something. I regretted this a few seconds later when I realized what they really wanted to know what whether someone had educated me about the prophecies in the Bible that point to something or other to do with a heavenly mother. I had utterly no idea what they were talking about. So when the girl finally paused, I thought to mention,
“Uh well, someone has already spoken to me about this, but um, I don’t really believe in God.”
They were genuinely disappointed. The girl said “oooohh no, why not!?” and actually made a pained face. She asked me whether I had read or thought about the Bible. I told her, truthfully, that I had read the Bible twice. She told me to read it again and look for prophecies, and after another two minutes of lecture about things I could not even begin to comprehend, she thanked me and they went to stop other people.
I hate it when that happens.
Do I look like someone who would be especially easy to convince of something? Someone who really needs more direction in life?
Maybe it’s because I carry around biology books everywhere I go, so evangelists assume I need some educating in the area of religion.
It’s very frustrating, considering my long personal struggle to cement my own beliefs.
If you’re thinking about spreading word of your religion by walking around college campuses and just going up to strangers you see, please don’t do it. It doesn’t work anyway. If you happen to stop a believer, then they will agree with you. If you happen to stop someone who doesn’t already agree, you are not going to convince them of anything. And being so unaccepting of other people’s beliefs is, in my opinion, one of the biggest problems in the world today.