Pynki, I agree that that is where Christians are to be acting from, and that that is what true Christianity should be--compassion and love. And I've seen a few who do their best and do quite well in that regard, my mom and one of my aunts to name two.
But if someone doesn't share that particular world paradigm, how is it kind to say such things to them from yours? To me that smacks of fear tactics. Look what will happen to you, look what my book says will happen to you if you don't follow it.
For me, part of Respect is respecting that someone has a different world view and that my beliefs may be irrelevent to their world view. This goes both ways. If someone asks, answer their questions. If they don't, mind your own beliefs and let them mind theirs.
While I respect that the Bible contains a fair amount of wisdom, I do not define the world from it. Therefor, to tell me "the Bible says ........." is irrelevent to me as that is not the spiritual or factual source I draw from. To scare my children with such is ...words fail
.... as that is not the view of Christianity I would have them have. Yet in my son's case, the "Christians" up the street gave that to him themselves.
If someone politely approaches me, I politely respond with "no thank-you, I am happy with my beliefs, glad you're happy with yours." My friends know what I am and what I am not. We respect each others' rights to our own consciences and beliefs. We live and let live. Amazingly enough our ethics and actions aren't all that different dispite the differences in belief and worldview. The one who suddenly discovered..., as it were(I wear rather distinctive jewelry and we saw each other twice/month and talked on the phone.....), removed herself as friend over a year ago.As an aside: DH pointed out that my spin on the town fire analogy might look like happiness at others' misfortune. Not my intent, hope I had it clear. What I was aiming for was the idea that from another perspective the town isn't on fire or in the least bit of danger. It's only a lovely bonfire that we're dancing and toasting marshmallows around, thus no need for fear or flight.