A Man Was Told to Stop Being a Sinner and Pray to ‘The True God’ by His Old High-School Friend After Reconnecting on Social Media

An individual had recently reconnected with an old high-school acquaintance on social media after several years of no contact. The individual had mixed feelings about this person due to their past interactions in high school, and would soon find out that nothing there had changed.

A History Of Unease

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In high school, the individual and this person had minimal interaction. “I never really liked him because he was flirty yet older, meaning he was a senior trying to date a freshman”, they explained. “However, he was lonely, and I tried to make people feel included because I was an outcast myself.”

Years Of Silence

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After high school, the man graduated and disappeared from the individual’s life. They hadn’t exchanged a single word since the individual’s freshman year. However, he would soon unexpectedly reappear in their life. 

The Social Media Reunion

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Out of nowhere, the man followed the individual on a social media platform and initiated contact shortly after. After some brief small talk, the man raised the topic of the individual’s struggle with depression, which he had read about on a social media post. 

Unsolicited Religious Advice

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The conversation took an unexpected turn when the man offered unsolicited religious advice as a solution to the individual’s depression. “He instructed that I needed to go to a Christian church and pray to ‘the true God’, they explained. 

Not Your ‘Made-Up Gods’

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The man continued to explain to the individual that the individual should stop praying to “their made-up gods”. The man had noticed on social media that the individual was pagan, which is what he meant by ‘made-up gods’. 

Some Dark Accusations

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The individual explained that the man then escalated the aggressiveness of his messages significantly: “God is punishing you, he wants you to feel depressed so you turn back to him and stop being a sinner”, he wrote. “Sinners don’t get to step through the gates. You still have time to turn around your ways and embrace the one true God”.

A Heated Exchange

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The individual, understandably angered by this unsolicited and judgmental religious advice, responded with strong language, telling the man to leave them alone and stop imposing his beliefs. The individual blocked this man to end the conversation.

Conflicting Opinions

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After sharing this encounter with a friend, the individual received mixed feedback. While some saw the individual’s expletive-ridden response as justified given the offensive nature of this man’s comments, others believed he was expressing genuine concern and that the individual had overreacted.

Contemplating The Reaction

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Now faced with differing opinions, the individual questioned whether their response was appropriate. They pondered whether suggesting therapy rather than using derogatory language might have been a better way to handle the situation.

Confessing Their Sins

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The individual headed online to a different social media platform, confessing to the aggressive response they had given the man before blocking him. They asked the community whether they felt they had acted out of line. “This makes me so mad”, expressed a Christian reader. “People like this make us look bad. He was not just expressing concern; he was putting you down.” 

Better Ways To Help

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Other readers suggested that the individual shouldn’t take the man’s ‘concerns’ about their mental health seriously. “One can express concern without bringing up what you should or shouldn’t do regarding your own religion”, someone pointed out. 

Universal Support

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The individual was relieved to find no criticism for their actions in the comments section whatsoever. “Anyone who poses to help you with such aggressive religious rhetoric is no ally”, another defendant stated. “He’s trying to manipulate you, and your friend who said you were too harsh is just as bad. Cut them both off. Good luck!”

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