Student - January 29, 2015

Blog: Door-to-door religion marketing


Going door to door to spread the gospel? This is new to blogger Mary Shrestha from Nepal.

‘Knock knock’. There is a sudden bang in my door. I go and open the door.

I see a lady outside. After seeing me she introduces herself as a member of some Christian organisation and just throws a question at me: ‘Do you believe in God?’

I stutter for a moment. I think to myself: ‘What kind of question is this?’ I simply reply: ‘Yes, I do.’ Then she starts to talk about Jesus and Christianity. From the inner core of my heart I am not interested in listening to her. I don’t know the reason and I can’t figure it out either. Is it because I was raised in mixed Hindu and Buddhist religion? Or is it because I believe in a supreme power and respect all religions? I have Hindu and Buddhist family members, I possess a Christian name, I went to a convent school, have always had diverse friends, and I was raised with an ideology that all religions lead us to a path of good deeds.

The lady is still talking. I must have been listening to her for about 5 minutes, silently, without responding to her. I can see in her face that she wants some sort of conversation from me. I say: ‘I have some work to finish and am in hurry. So, please can we talk about this later’. She doesn’t want to leave but eventually she hands me the address of some Church and leaves. I close my door, relieved.

One week later, another lady from the same organisation knocks on my door. Same question: ‘Do you believe in God?’ I act smart this time as I know what she will talk about if I say yes. So I say: ‘No, I don’t’, thinking she will leave me this time. But unfortunately she replies: ‘We neither’ and continues to ask me various questions like: ‘Why don’t you? Were there any incidents that made you to do so? ....’

I tell her about my belief that there is supreme force and about my upbringing with different religions. But she keeps saying that there is only one God. After about a minute I politely tell her: ‘Sorry I don’t want to discuss this. Excuse me’. I then close my door.

I expected that being rude would keep these marketeers of religion away, but for a while I kept receiving visits form them. Every time I acted rude and eventually the visits stopped.

Religion has always been a controversial subject. History has seen lots of wars in the name of religion. What if somebody asks me: ‘Is it right or wrong to go door to door and talk about religion and belief?’  I would simply say: ‘I don’t have any comments on marketing of religion. For me religion is a belief. Products should be marketed, beliefs shouldn’t.’

Re:actions 4

  • LV

    I wonder if there is any way people can talk about their believe or religion without giving the impression to marketeer their religion. I myself am religious and am interested in what way i can talk about my faith. Not to marketeer or to 'convert' anybody, but just to give pace to different believes and cultures. What do u guys think? How can religious people talk about their faith in a polite and easy, not pressing, way?

    • Raj

      I think the foremost thing anyone should do is to accept the existence of multiple gods and beliefs. I think if you want to talk about your faith, try to listen to their faith also

  • iris

    You can just tell them you don't want them to visit, they can put you on a list and they will not come anymore

  • Tenant

    Yeah, I actually think the same. I told them that they please should stay out of the building, since trespassing is not allowed in the first place. It's absolutely horrific how they are swarming the corridors targeting the foreigners with custom-made flyers and trying to brainwash them. It is such a shame that it is tolerated...

  • Jacob

    Yes I am also very annoyed by this marketing of religion in Bornsesteeg. I think this should be banned and they should not be allowed to enter the building by Idealis