Jehovah Witnesses catch a lot of crap but what I have witnessed from them is Religious Discipline.
No Birthdays, in honor of John the Baptist
No Money allowed to be circulated in Sanctuary as offerings. Private discreet donation box outside sanctuary.
No Preacher or Pastor. The Congregation takes turns sharing stories, concepts and teaching techniques.
No Windows or shuttered windows on most. This always puzzled me. Maybe to keep peoples eyes from wandering outside. I don't know.
I think Passover is the only one that is ok in this strict discipline or fasting.
They also break down the trinity.
They see Jesus as one of many sons. I branch away from them a bit on this because I feel Jesus may be the only "hybrid" or "begotten" son. Thats
another thread tho.
Just wanted to show everyone not all churches are like what you think.
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I have somewhat mixed feelings about this. I have a certain respect for people who are so devout that they're willing to go that far to be observant
of their chosen faith.
However, I stop having respect for that, the moment the faith is forced on to other people. People who are in positions where they can not necessarily
freely choose. e.g., children
And again, the part of me that respects religious and spiritual beliefs understands the desire to want your children to believe as you believe. Doubly
so if you're convinced that your way is the true path to salvation. But I still disagree with forcing this matter. I'll apply that to all religions
generally, but I might even say especially
when it comes to any judeo-christian derived religion.
These religions teach that we were given free will by god. Free will to choose between good and evil. And yes, they may also teach that a parent is to
have a certain role in a child's life, and is to be respected, and should bring their children up right, etc. However, I still think the free will
given by god to ALL
trumps this. Or should. At least when it comes to purely religious matters.
And I think it's a shame that kids should be made to feel like outcasts, or even just left out, when it comes to stuff like holiday celebrations, and
birthdays, etc, simply because the parent has a particular view. Sure, they need to have religious freedom, but where do we draw the line, exactly? A
belief that they should not use man made medicine or medical interventions? Clearly that could be harmful
to a child.
But might it also be harmful in some way to subject them to a particular belief system that almost seems to equate fun or celebration with evil? Why
does psychological harm seem to not "count?"
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