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why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?

 
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I do not like being solicited in my home. If I desired to know, I would go to their church and ask. My home is my sanctuary.



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yeah, they really need to find another way to preach. maybe just leave invites to their church at people's houses or just hang out on the streets to preach. the problem is they are protected by freedom of speech and have kept it open for everyone. freedom of religion and freedom of speech go hand in hand. if one goes the other one goes also. people should just put no religious soliciting signs instead of no soliciting because they don't believe they are selling anything. or just write no JW's/Mormons etc and stick it near the doorbell. they will leave then.
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I work with a Jehova's Witness.

He is the single kindest, most polite person I've ever had to work with.

I am completely non-religious (but am open minded and fascinated about the possibilities) and he doesn't ever try to push anything onto me. He answers my questions in an honest and open way, but again- I have never felt like he was trying to "convert" me.

All in all- I hold a favorable view of Jehova's Witnesses.

If you have a problem with polite, kind and generous people (regardless of their religious beliefs)- then I have a problem with YOU.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
Can any JW's here tell us WHY you go door to door? Are you required to put in a certain amount of time or is it purely of your own desire to spread the word?
Is there any truth the rumor that JW's can sort of look around neighborhoods to decide where they will choose to live when only the JW's return to this earth after death?

And how do you feel about the many, many failed prophecies of Watchtower?

I've got no problem with JW's. I don't agree with their beliefs, but I don't even mind if they come to my door. Although, it's only happened once. I explained to the women that I was a follower of Jesus, that I believe He is God and I am confident in what my eternity holds. They said ok and left. They were very respectful. I only personally know one JW family and other than the fact that they aren't really allowed to associate with me since I'm not JW, they are perfectly nice people.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
I work with a Jehova's Witness.

He is the single kindest, most polite person I've ever had to work with.

I am completely non-religious (but am open minded and fascinated about the possibilities) and he doesn't ever try to push anything onto me. He answers my questions in an honest and open way, but again- I have never felt like he was trying to "convert" me.

All in all- I hold a favorable view of Jehova's Witnesses.

If you have a problem with polite, kind and generous people (regardless of their religious beliefs)- then I have a problem with YOU.
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I personally don't have a problem with them as I have met some nice ones also. It would just be nice if they would find another way to preach. I would think going to people's door in this day and age would be dangerous. But then again if people don't want them coming up to their houses they should put a sign up. No trespassing works great.
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they are actually selfish..if they convert enough people-they will be among the raptured...they really don't care about you-they just want to convert you for the benefit of their soul
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Can any JW's here tell us WHY you go door to door? Are you required to put in a certain amount of time or is it purely of your own desire to spread the word?
Is there any truth the rumor that JW's can sort of look around neighborhoods to decide where they will choose to live when only the JW's return to this earth after death?

And how do you feel about the many, many failed prophecies of Watchtower?

I've got no problem with JW's. I don't agree with their beliefs, but I don't even mind if they come to my door. Although, it's only happened once. I explained to the women that I was a follower of Jesus, that I believe He is God and I am confident in what my eternity holds. They said ok and left. They were very respectful. I only personally know one JW family and other than the fact that they aren't really allowed to associate with me since I'm not JW, they are perfectly nice people.
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since i don't have much going on this morning, here is an answer i found by googling.

"Jesus commanded all of us to do so at Matthew 28:19,20. We are also imitating Jesus himself. Most people recognize Jesus' miracles but the majority of what he did during his time on earth was teach people about God's Kingdom, he gave more spiritual food then physical.

We volunteer our time, we support ourselves in the ministry, most of us are employed, have families to care for or other responsibilities but out of love for God and our neighbor we continue to find those that wish to listen to the good news about God's Kingdom. It brings us great joy to know we are obeying his command, perhaps that is why those that you meet are always so nice. Thank you for being kind to those that you meet at your door."

[link to answers.yahoo.com]
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
Can any JW's here tell us WHY you go door to door? Are you required to put in a certain amount of time or is it purely of your own desire to spread the word?
Is there any truth the rumor that JW's can sort of look around neighborhoods to decide where they will choose to live when only the JW's return to this earth after death?

And how do you feel about the many, many failed prophecies of Watchtower?

I've got no problem with JW's. I don't agree with their beliefs, but I don't even mind if they come to my door. Although, it's only happened once. I explained to the women that I was a follower of Jesus, that I believe He is God and I am confident in what my eternity holds. They said ok and left. They were very respectful. I only personally know one JW family and other than the fact that they aren't really allowed to associate with me since I'm not JW, they are perfectly nice people.



since i don't have much going on this morning, here is an answer i found by googling.

"Jesus commanded all of us to do so at Matthew 28:19,20. We are also imitating Jesus himself. Most people recognize Jesus' miracles but the majority of what he did during his time on earth was teach people about God's Kingdom, he gave more spiritual food then physical.

We volunteer our time, we support ourselves in the ministry, most of us are employed, have families to care for or other responsibilities but out of love for God and our neighbor we continue to find those that wish to listen to the good news about God's Kingdom. It brings us great joy to know we are obeying his command, perhaps that is why those that you meet are always so nice. Thank you for being kind to those that you meet at your door."

[link to answers.yahoo.com]
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Oh, I'm never rude to anyone at my door unless they were to be offensive. I don't believe sharing one's beliefs is offensive. And I do believe anyone who does so does it because they do care about the person.
But is what I've heard that people are asked to put in a certain amount of time untrue? Is it done purely voluntarily?
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
they are actually selfish..if they convert enough people-they will be among the raptured...they really don't care about you-they just want to convert you for the benefit of their soul
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from what i have found they don't believe in the rapture. google is your friend.

[link to answers.yahoo.com]

"No, and nowhere will you find the word or concept in Scripture. Those who buy into this man-made doctrine may want to reason on the fact that God has never had to remove his people from the earth to protect them from any of his judgment actions. The Deluge, Egypt, Sodom and Gomorrah, the destruction of Jerusalem, etc.

Matt. 24:21, 22: “Then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.” (This does not say that “the chosen ones” will all have been taken to heaven before the great tribulation, does it? Rather, it holds out the prospect to them, along with associates in the flesh, of surviving that great tribulation on earth.)

Rev. 7:9, 10, 14, RS: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!’ . . . ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation.’” (To “come out” of something a person must go into it or be in it. So this great multitude must be persons who actually experience the great tribulation and come out of it as survivors.)

That is just a portion of the evidence against the concept of 'rapture'. I think it shows a real problem with the doctrine.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
they are actually selfish..if they convert enough people-they will be among the raptured...they really don't care about you-they just want to convert you for the benefit of their soul
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BIG Fail buddy.........
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Those who believe in the rapture believe those who know Christ before then will be raptured. Then, during the great triblation there will be those who come to know Christ. Those are the ones those verses refer to.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
here is what i found about counting time. looks like they keep up with the time they are out preaching.

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"We "count" our time for two reasons. The main one is so that our brothers can keep accurate records about how the work is progressing worldwide. So that they will know where to send missionaries or whatever.

The other reason? It helps us to judge and gauge ourselves. How am I doing? Am I in a spiritual slump? do I need to readjust my attitude toward the people I'm dedicated to Jehovah to assist to come to a knowledge of him?

I don't "count" ALL my time. Mostly I only count the time wherein I am out in formal ministry. Going door to door, studies or return visits. Where I have to get dressed nice and go out in the car specifically to talk to people about Jehovah. If I talk to people at work I rarely count it. If I speak to people on here? I really never count it unless on some rare occasion I speak to someone who seems to respond in a positive way.

To be very honest I wish that there WERE more "SERIOUS spiritual counseling" from the elders. I went for 12 years inactive and no one ever spoke to me about it. I consider that a failure on their part, the elders should be more aware of the condition of the flock than that.

I certainly needed some "SERIOUS" spiritual counseling at that time, and that was one way for them to KNOW that I needed it, and yet they said nothing. Hmmm. Well should they or shouldn't they?

I'll tell you the honest truth. They should have. BUT... And here is the rub... No doubt someone like you will take a statement like this and run with it, Use it to make Jehovah's Witness elders look bad.

The scripture that Jesus spoke really applies here.Matthew 11: "16 “With whom shall I compare this generation? It is like young children sitting in the marketplaces who cry out to their playmates, 17 saying, ‘We played the flute for YOU, but YOU did not dance; we wailed, but YOU did not beat yourselves in grief.’ 18 Correspondingly, John came neither eating nor drinking, yet people say, ‘He has a demon’; 19 the Son of man did come eating and drinking, still people say, ‘Look! A man gluttonous and given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ All the same, wisdom is proved righteous by its works.”

The point? there is NO pleasing some people. John the Baptist was a man of God as was Jesus. They did things differently, but it didn't matter how they did it someone was going to complain either way.

The same is true today, it doesn't matter how Jehovah's Witnesses do things, Someone is bound to find fault with it either way.
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This is a good point. I guess like any other organization, some local Kingdom Halls are stricter in monitoring than others. Like you said, in some cases, they really don’t get to uptight about not reporting the normal number of hours. I guess how that data is used depends a lot on the local level"
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"The point? there is NO pleasing some people. John the Baptist was a man of God as was Jesus. They did things differently, but it didn't matter how they did it someone was going to complain either way."

That right there shows how JW differs from Christianity. John the Baptist and Jesus were completely different. John never claimed he was who Jesus claimed to be and John made it clear he was merely making a path for Jesus. It wasn't merely two "men of God" doing the same thing in different ways.
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Because they're pests! Pest Control companies are missing out on a huge market by neglecting the development of a Proselytism Paralyser spray.



And behold a great invention... the Portable Pentagram!
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Certainly a strong statement but there are two good reasons why I won't use it:
a. Ignorant people quite often associate that perfectly respectable and very ancient symbol with 'devil worship' and assorted evil works. That tends to get the fundies riled up and belligerent which is the opposite of the the effect I prefer.
b. Any outward exposition of my own personal knowledge and.......proclivities, makes my business into their business and that is precisely what I wish to avoid.

I simply answer the door in proper hijab, which is about the way I dress for comfort anyhow, tell them I'm not allowed to speak to them and to go away or else, and they leave on their own accord! One of the real national tragedies I've noticed in America the last decade is that Americans are petrified of Muslims and will always bend over for them. It's really disgusting - and it works.
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I don't agree with the JW for many reasons but the Catholics think anyone with a Bible is a heretic. Goes back to their inquisition which they would all support again.
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I do not like being solicited in my home. If I desired to know, I would go to their church and ask. My home is my sanctuary.
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exactly
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I hate nothing, i feel sorry for the thoughts and actions of other people though...
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... because like my mother-in-law, they show up and don't want to leave ...

Because they're pests! Pest Control companies are missing out on a huge market by neglecting the development of a Proselytism Paralyser spray.
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LOL
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Never met one, why should I hate 'em ... as long as they get out of my way I come along all is just fine.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
Ever notice they don't come to the rural areas much ?
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They (you?) do not believe that Jesus Christ is God.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
I work with a Jehova's Witness.

He is the single kindest, most polite person I've ever had to work with.

I am completely non-religious (but am open minded and fascinated about the possibilities) and he doesn't ever try to push anything onto me. He answers my questions in an honest and open way, but again- I have never felt like he was trying to "convert" me.

All in all- I hold a favorable view of Jehova's Witnesses.

If you have a problem with polite, kind and generous people (regardless of their religious beliefs)- then I have a problem with YOU.
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JW believe salvation is achieved by works, so beware.

Salvation comes from the personal acceptance of the propitiation for sin done by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Jesus Christ Who is fully man and fully God.
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Because many unbelievers hate to hear the word of God...
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whatever s226
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They (you?) do not believe that Jesus Christ is God.
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I'll worship in my own way thank you ! I don't need someone to tell me how to do it !
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Ever notice they don't come to the rural areas much ?
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My ex GF years ago had been a JW at one time. She quit.. She told me a story about a brother and sister she had met at a new church. She was going through a painful divorce at the time and didn't want to be alone.. They invited her to their house and had dinner and prayed and talked about things. The sister was sickly and handicapped and went off to bed early.. The brother stayed up late and got the couch ready for her to sleep on.... he ended up putting a move on her and she tried to fend him off. She was too embarrassed to call out for help feeling bad for his sister and her condition.. So he ended up raping her for the entire night in very conceivable way.. After the morning came she got dressed and left without waking anyone.. I was shocked hearing her story.. but she said she was constantly fighting off advances from church members.. even when she was married.. She told me that the knocking on doors is "witnessing" the word of God to strangers.. It was a requirement every Saturday.. She said most of the members hated doing it.. as did she.. Just say'in..
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I do not hate anybody :)

I am just eternally grateful to God,
that He saved me from religion.



Peace.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
I don't hate JWs, I just know they are false teachers. They think Jesus was just a nice guy and not God, they don't believe in hell, and they have their own weird version of the Bible. I dislike that they try to come off as some sort of Christian sect when in fact they are not. You can't be christian and not believe in Jesus. If they would admit they are just a different team already, then fine.

If they come to my house I am polite with them, and they are polite with me.

I think a lot of people "hate" or dislike them because they don't like people coming to their door talking about religion. That's pretty simple. Most people don't like strangers at their door, no matter what the reason.
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they don't believe in hell
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Sounds to me like a step in the right direction.
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
I do not hate them?
They knocked on my door, they did ring several times and after that terror they told me, that there will come the end of the world;
I told them, that it is ok, because cocroach would survive the radioactive fall out and that I think, it is enough;
they looked not extremly exulted to my answer;
so they tried it again: they told to me: "Stop, wait, the world will be escaped!
"So is everything fine", I told, "good bye!"
We loughed together and never they did come again :-)
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Re: why do so many people hate Jehovah's Witnesses?
Cause they knock at your door looking like feds.

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