Jehovah's Witnesses Weirdness

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Yeah, but don't some of those ridiculous beliefs involve mortally scaring their children by telling they're going to meet their doom some day soon? Not very nice.
 

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I once invited in a family of JWs. I was sharing a house at the time: a little bohemian but tidy and certainly not a drug den. I gave them a cup of tea. They were very uneasy -- they looked like they'd stumbled into a den of Satanists and were about to be sacrificed. I asked them if they wanted to tell me something about Jesus. The father said yes, Jesus is great and could help in my life. I can read about it in the Bible. Anyway, they were in a hurry and had to go. They left, tea untouched.
 

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Yeah, but don't some of those ridiculous beliefs involve mortally scaring their children by telling they're going to meet their doom some day soon? Not very nice.
Yes but she was literally at the end of her tether, it was an awful situation, the only people who helped her out were the JW's. They saved her life and those of her remaining kids.

I don't agree with them or their beliefs I'm just saying they were the only people to step up and support this person and I'm not going to go into details, but think the worst tabloid horrorshow.
 

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I once invited in a family of JWs. I was sharing a house at the time: a little bohemian but tidy and certainly not a drug den. I gave them a cup of tea. They were very uneasy -- they looked like they'd stumbled into a den of Satanists and were about to be sacrificed. I asked them if they wanted to tell me something about Jesus. The father said yes, Jesus is great and could help in my life. I can read about it in the Bible. Anyway, they were in a hurry and had to go. They left, tea untouched.
Blimey- how strange. I get the impression from JW's that once inside your home they won't go until you've been converted. Peculiar reaction indeed.
 

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Blimey- how strange. I get the impression from JW's that once inside your home they won't go until you've been converted. Peculiar reaction indeed.

Bloody hell, I feel that I'm becoming a poster boy for the JW's.

I've invited them in before, (way before I knew my above friend), and I used to take delight in getting stoned and asking them stuff they always left when I got bored, paranoid or whatever - most of the time they just wanted to drop off copies of Watchtower, (edit sorry that's the Salvation Army who are up there).

I reckon the door-knockers are like paperboys they just want to show they've gotten rid of their allocated amount of magazines.

Jeez we are so twitchy about these guys turning up to our house!!!

There's a real belief that they will somehow brain-wash us.
 

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I reckon the door-knockers are like paperboys they just want to show they've gotten rid of their allocated amount of magazines.
I understand that they have no obligation to actually convert anyone: it's the number of door knocks that counts, not the number of converts.
 

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Blimey- how strange. I get the impression from JW's that once inside your home they won't go until you've been converted. Peculiar reaction indeed.
I got the impression that they'd had rather sheltered lives and were put off by the rock music posters and the site of my housemate wandering about in a towel.
 

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I think they have to put in a certain amount of hours each month.
The last time some came it was an older lady and her daughter.
She asked if she could have cuttings of some of my plants so I got a bag and obliged, giving her some garlic seedlings as well.
 

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I love how everyone else gets a bit of tolerance but we always stick the boot in with the JW's. :D
We are an equal opportunity household when it comes to people knocking on our door to inform us we are doing it all wrong. Of course some of them, like the Mormon boys, are ordered to go out and spread their particular kind of "joy" and enlightenment, but that's their problem. They can all take their silly claptrap elsewhere. We are polite about it, unless they don't shut up and leave when we tell them we are not interested. In those situations, Ms Popper simply closes the door. I'm less friendly at that point.
 

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Agree w the approach used in the last few post(s). yes it's easy to be nasty - rude, when Mormons, fundamentalist, etc come a calling. But a polite indication of disinterest is a better route.
 
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Yes, I have had some religious weirdos show up on the doorstep, but I'm always polite in turning them away. After all, I have some pretty odd beliefs too, the difference is I don't go door to door evangelising them in an attempt to win converts.

I think that's what rankles many people about fringe religious cults like the JWs, Mormons, Scientologists, Hare Krishnas, etc, not their beliefs (or misconceptions) as such, more that they're trying to force themselves into your life with them when you're just not interested. Nobody likes cold calls selling on the phone, after all.
 

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I may have mentioned on this board that a late theology professor of mine found an effective way to deter doorstep evangelists. The professor was an Augustinian friar and a specialist in the late patristic/early medieval era (5th-6th centuries CE). As such, he possessed a solid knowledge of not only Greek, Latin and Hebrew but also Aramaic, Syriac and other ancient Near Eastern languages. He told me a JW once knocked on his door and asked him if he would like to read the Bible and learn about Jesus. The professor responded enthusiastically and invited the JW into his home to join him in reading the New Testament in the original Greek text. The JW politely declined and made a swift exit. The professor said he was never bothered by them again. He must have been placed on their 'no-call' list.
 

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Yes, I have had some religious weirdos show up on the doorstep, but I'm always polite in turning them away. After all, I have some pretty odd beliefs too, the difference is I don't go door to door evangelising them in an attempt to win converts.

I think that's what rankles many people about fringe religious cults like the JWs, Mormons, Scientologists, Hare Krishnas, etc, not their beliefs (or misconceptions) as such, more that they're trying to force themselves into your life with them when you're just not interested. Nobody likes cold calls selling on the phone, after all.
This exactly. I don't really care about anyone's religion, sexuality or politics, but neither do I want to hear about it. Unless of course it's a close friend and they have asked for help involving one of those subjects.
 
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