has anyone out there seen the movie The Big Kahuna? it stars spacey, devito, and facinelli. it is not a great piece of cinematic achievement, but i love the movie for the underlying themes it proposes.
in short, these three salesmen go to a conference in wichita, KS to sell industrial lubricants. specifically, they go there to make a sale to the 'big kahuna' who, if they get him onboard as a customer, can make their business huge.
however, whenever facinelli's character meets a prospective client, he chooses to initiate discussions about the bible and jesus christ, rather than about industrial lubricants, thus thwarting the goal of selling lubricants. the point the movie makes is that such a person is insincere: the salesman pushing religion is no better than the salesman pushing vacuum cleaners door to door who will stick his foot in the door when you try to close it, or is no better than the ambulance-chasing lawyer who corners the weak and disoriented into accepting his services.
the movie makes a crucial point about skepticism. there is something extremely insincere about a person whose belief system offers no room for any skepticism -- it is insincere to enter an argument, or start a discussion, knowing that you cannot possibly be influenced or shown wrong. such people have given up on the search for truth (possibly because they think they have found it already), and in shouting their beliefs from the mountain-tops, they prevent others from finding ultimate truth.
i urge you all to watch the movie through to the end and see what you think. i assure you the movie really has nothing to do with industrial lubricants. the symbology of the movie is absolutely clear: making a sale to the 'big kahuna' represents the discovery of ultimate truth, and the bible-wielding salesman represents the person who believes his stance is inerrant (fitting, i think) -- he prevents any ultimate success until he changes in the end.
the similarities between what you see in the movie and discussions you have read in this spirituality forum will overwhelm you.