The Life of Brian
Jehovah’s Witness Saves A Life
See? It’s not always bad news.
Christianity or Cult?
The thing is: there are four beautiful girls from the Jehovah’s Witnesses church that knock on our door every single week. They stopped by last night again. They are very sweet people and that is one of the reasons which stop Brian and I from suggesting them to stop insisting. We feel really bad. We have no intention to be mean.
Although my husband and I have already told them we are individuals belonging to The Baptist Church, they do not seem to get it. They keep knocking. Extremely persistent. And we just cannot find the right, nice words to say we totally disagree with most of their beliefs; therefore, we have no interest in joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Personally, I am not prejudiced against any religious. You do not have to believe in what I believe to be my friend. I respect any denomination. I am not that judgemental when it comes to religious. Not at all.
This blog isn’t the easiest to read. The creator uses grey type over a black background. Yikes! But the story will probably bug you more than the typeface because we’ve all seen Witness parents who use their cute little kids to win a few more converts. Anyway… ::Shakes head::
Parents of sextuplets given transfusions lose court fight
VANCOUVER — A B.C. court says a child’s right to life trumps a parent’s charter right to guide their medical treatment in the case of four sextuplets taken from their Jehovah’s Witness parents.
Jehovah’s Witnesses sure get a lot more press in Canada than in the U.S. When we had Terry Schiavo, they had a Witness in need of blood transfusion. I gotta say the blood transfusion gets them a lot of press there, but it doesn’t exactly endear them to anyone. It’s bad press, ya know? Guess any press is better than none.
Here’s another story about this case. You can find a few more news tidbits on this one here.
But Tough Love Isn’t The Same Thing As Abuse!
I realize that some readers will never be convinced that Jehovah’s Witnesses are mistreating former members, even ones who behave just as I have described. Many who believe the Watchtower Society is the one and only “True Religion” will accuse ex-Witnesses of being overly sensitive or insist that the actions of so-called “abusive” Witnesses are both selfless and justified. I’ll agree that we sometimes need to push loved ones into doing what’s best for them – even if that something is painful at first. This is what’s called “tough love.” I have little doubt that this is how some Jehovah’s Witnesses see their attempts to pressure former believers into compliance with the Society’s teachings. But like the subtitle says, there are differences between tough love and plain old abuse. It’s tough love if we try to push someone into doing something that’s painful when we know the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. However, we should always leave tough choices to the individual when the benefits are in doubt. We also need to realize that we might be the ones who are wrong instead of assigning ourselves the role of moral superiority. This is a mistake that many Jehovah’s Witnesses seem to make.
But Aren’t These “Abusive” Witnesses Simply Trying To Correct Wayward Members?
When Jehovah’s Witnesses in good standing approach former believers about a loss of faith in “The Truth,” they often start out with a friendly, conversational tone. But things tend to get out of control when the Witness starts building a case to win over the inactive one. The conversation can become adversarial as the Witness switches to a tone of righteous indignation, then gets openly insulting as they accuse the ex-Witness of being weak, petty, or even spiteful in their refusal to conform. (See Signs Of Abusive Behavior From Witnesses) It seems that nothing will satisfy the Witness until the former believer is completely demoralized.
Before I give anyone the wrong impression, I want to acknowledge that not all Jehovah’s Witnesses are openly abusive toward former members. Still, ex-Witnesses are generally frowned upon by believers who see them as “bad associates” to be avoided. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they have the one and only “True Religion,” rejection of that religion is one of the worst sins their members can possibly commit. Even ex-Witnesses who keep to themselves and avoid criticizing the Society are often seen as little better than apostates. When combined, these attitudes can lead to tense situations where people can say and do some really stupid things. Especially to people they love.
Why Do So Many Witnesses Mistreat Former Witnesses?