Ask Ivor

Also Curious asks:

"Why do Christians feel they must impose their belief on everybody?"

Impose? You mean like force, inflict, dictate, encroach, infringe? Some Christians do that. Some because they're mean or stupid. Some because they're afraid. Some because they're puffed up and power-hungry. But most Christians don't force their beliefs on others.

Why do Christians proselytize? For different reasons. Some do it because they think the scripture which says, "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Mt 24:14), is an instruction and a promise, rather than just a prophecy, and they think they themselves can help bring about the end of history. Some do it only because they take seriously Jesus' command to "go and make disciples... of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 28:19). Some simply because they like to share the good news.

What is the good news? "The kingdom of God is near" (Mk 1:15).