My father was (and probably still is) a very devout Christian. It is a good thing that he has something to believe in. It is NOT a good thing, however, to try to force his beliefs onto our family. For many horrible, traumatizing years, he verbally and emotionally abused my mother, manipulating my sister and I into going to church and telling us that our mother was evil for not believing in god. He would go to church every Sunday, Bible study every Wednesday (and would drag me to it as well), and any church event that needed his help. He spent most of his time preparing for lessons, as he taught Sunday school at our church. He wouldn't, however, take a minute to help my mother carry the heavy groceries from the car. She sprained her wrist this way, struggling to take care of the kids while my father did nothing but pour his time and our money into church.
It nearly ended in divorce. I still remember sobbing, begging my mother not to leave us. I remember promising to be a good kid from then on if she stayed. She did end up staying, but from then on, she was broken and submissive, afraid to provoke my father.
I know not all Christians are like this. I know that Christianity has its good points (all religions do, I'm sure). I even tried to be a good Christian myself. I found that it was not for me, though. For now, my opinion on Christianity is still mixed. But I am sure of one thing: I will never, never try to force my beliefs onto others.
Now I am wondering... why can't more people realize this?