I’ve heard this a lot, being a Christian, and I always wonder what it means to “force my beliefs” onto somebody. I blog publicly about my faith, my study, the things that I go through at Church, University and Hospital, and I’ve put my name as the URL for a bit of transparency, but what does it really mean to “force” your beliefs onto someone?
There’s a trend that anyone who’s gone through formal education will be familiar with, and that is, the further along you get in your education, the less people are interested in what you have to say.
For example: if I write a case report today on a patient with Hypertension, chances are the Consultant marking the report isn’t going to be impressed with my personal opinion on the aetiology of the disease. They’d rather read about the patient’s history and examination, what investigations I would perform (which need to match up with the commonly accepted practice Guidelines), and read about the current research around a particular question that arose during this patient’s treatment. And a lot of the time when writing things like this, I’d find myself directly quoting word for word the results of research papers (and referencing them) and constructing near whole paragraphs where I don’t really need to add anything.
My opinion, doesn’t count. What they want are the solid facts of researchers. Of those people who are accredited to make these sorts of claims. I’m just some medical student.
I’m allowed to have my own beliefs, but I’m just not allowed to say that my beliefs are right.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This kind of thing doesn’t fly well in today’s culture. When I say Jesus is the only way, it’s offensive to people who have other beliefs. But I’m not stating my opinion. I’m stating a solid fact, from the word of God. And the word of God is an accredited source, as God is the creator of everything, and the ruler of everything. He’s allowed to make these sorts of claims.
As an aside, if someone tells you harshly that “You shouldn’t force your beliefs onto other people!”, aren’t they forcing their own belief that you shouldn’t force your beliefs onto other people… onto you?