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What Happens When You Try To Change Someone’s Mind About Their Religion

If you try to change someone of the other religion, and they’re angry with you, you will only make things worse. Instead, keep your thoughts positive for as long as possible, then offer your sincere beliefs. You’ll likely get a better outcome than if you try to fight for your beliefs.

A friend suggested that I write this article. I’d like to say that it was a wise suggestion and I do appreciate his encouragement. However, his suggestions about “changing someone’s mind” have never had the desired effect. I’ve come to believe that it is better to do what the people we love most do; and that they do NOT change for the sake of changing. You can’t change someone’s mind. If you really want to change someone’s mind about a subject, ask yourself who you have in mind that needs to change. If you find yourself having an affair by trying to “change people’s minds”, you may be trying to please yourself, or to appease a partner who has more or less the same belief. It is better to be honest. This is the essence of truth and it is the basis for good relationships.

To the person who says, “You can’t change someone’s mind”, I say this:

The idea that you cannot change others opinions is a delusion. Most people are not open to hearing and considering your opinion without first examining what makes you think it applies. It is okay to try your best. Most people will change for the better after you show them you have a better option. As a Christian, I’ve watched and read about people who have tried to change an other person’s mind with very little success. The reason there is so much frustration is that other people often don’t really want to hear what you have to say. The only way anyone is going to change is if they are willing to try.

My first time changing someone’s mind, I wrote an open letter to his pastor. He sent me a reply, I wrote him a reply, and then we wrote it out again. There were times when I didn’t think it was being received as well as it should have been. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve received back the same response: thank you for your letter and I will get on with my day. So why didn’t I send him my reply? Did I not think he would have time to read it? Did I not think he would know it was being sent to him? He didn’t change his mind. He simply got on with his day.

It didn’t start off the way I would have liked, but we’ve come a long way since then. I never doubted it worked. I was in it for the right reasons, and I hope other people see it the same way. I have a lot of respect for people who are willing to stand up for what they believe in. When people think what I thought, the results are usually that the people around them will think it too.

I have an open invitation!

*This article was originally published on my personal blog and the last few paragraphs were rewritten, as I thought it could be reworked for more effectiveness. If you would like to read the original, you can find it here:  http://www.christianityblogger.blogspot.com/2012/05/try-to-change-someone-s-mind.