For what it's worth, I think the "believe as I believe" attitude is all about fear.
If I think my salvation is wrapped up in a legalistic outlook on faith, then I am going to want as much affirmation as I can possibly get. Without it, I might questioning my own faith - which in that circle would amount to losing my salvation. Affirmation from others who think like I do is one thing, but if I can get "non-believers" to believe then I accomplish two things: (1) the ultimate affirmation, and (2) browny points for saving someone else.
The downside - all eternity in hell. The upside - an eternity in the exclusive, pious God club. Scares the hell out of me - I'd better get busy.
- Andy's blog
Sins are always worse when they're different than mine