Vague questions get vague answers. A more specific example would yield better discussion. Religion is such a broad term and can be so different. So some 'push' because of hatred, evil or brainwashing. Others may share out of love and caring about you. The other factor is that people have different personalities. What is meant to be loving can be interpreted by some as "pushy." What everyone needs to think about is: How can I discern truth from falsehood; and then Can I discern motive, if possible. If motive is not apparent, assume they meant it for good. And then take it or leave it w/o taking offense. There is no universal right never to be offended.
Nit all people of faith push their beliefs on others. I have never done that. Yet when I answer someones question regarding faith or GOD or JESUS, there are always people putting done, or belittling my faith. Geee why is that ?
Cookie is right. Some are still babes in their religion and full of zeal and they are so excited to share that view with everyone. When you mature in your faith you don't have to do that. 1 Cor 7:15 But if the unbeliever departs; let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. I think many religious people forget that. =/
A GOOD christian wouldn't do that! They're supposed to be fisher's of people! Ya don't go out in the boat, find the fish, and throw the anchor at them! Ya go out, find them, (or they find you),(the people,not the fish!) and GENTLY cast, reel 'em in, set the hook (show them the way) I hope i got the point across w/o confusing anyone! Personally, I don't go around talking about my religion to anyone, except maybe who I'm with, I try and live the example! If someone over hears us & asks a Ques; then I'd ANS; of course!
To Richest1, what a good answer! Most people have no ulterior motive in discussing religion. If they're sharing their belief, answering a question you have with a scripture, or you just don't want to be bothered by them you can (1) ignore the immediate situation, or (2) ask them kindly to not discuss religion with you. They should respect your beliefs or feelings whether or not they agree.