When the name of Jehovah’s Witness arises, most of the public of differing religions, a picture of an overly nice person or group of people all dressed in suits and nice clothes, arrive at your door and offer a sampling pamphlet, (large or small). To most of the general public, the religion is afar cried from Christianity, but this is untrue, as a visit to one of the services that the congregation provides. Upon arriving at the building Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, There was nothing especially different about it except there was no cross on the outside nor a steeple. Arriving about a half an hour early we were greeted with a handshake and an almost too friendly smile from a member of the congregation. As we waited for the service to begin, more and more people started to pile into the building. Slowly conversations between members and Non-members, including myself. After about twenty minutes, the talking reseeded and people started to seat themselves. The inside of the room was well lit up with no pews, but there were many chairs connected by metal bolts on the bottom of each chair. Amazingly though there was no cross and no altar. First, the service started with singing, as any ordinary church would. We sang out of the book of songs that they provided for us. After the singing, there was a guest speaker from Bagley, Minnesota.
The speaker spoke to the congregation about topics in the bible, his speech lasted about three-fourths of an hour. Afterward, the priest came to thepodium and thanked the guest for coming. Then the priest led another song, sung from the songbook. Next, the congregation headed a bible discussion from an article from a Jehovah’s Witness weekly magazine The Watch Tower.
The article had to deal with what is paramount in our lives. The discussion lasted for another hour and fifteen minutes, with questions at the end of each paragraph. The different thing about the questions was that people in the congregation actually answered some of the questions with the help of women that stood in the back and held microphones on sticks so that they could behear. After the bible discussion was over with, the service was ended in another song from the songbook. The priest supplied me with the Watch Tower magazine that was discussed over during the service and some further information on the church itself.
Some of the beliefs of the church are most like that of the most Christian religion with the exceptions that they do not regard the cross as highly as most
Christians do. The Jehovah’s Witness religion believes more in the guideline of the Bible. One of the elder members of the Church was happy to answer some questions that I had. He was an elderly man with a full head of white hair, and a wide unreal smile. The members of the church were extremely friendly. However, as I talked with him, I realized that they were not entirely tolerant of the beliefs of others.
On the standards of beliefs on the controversial subjects today such as abortion, same-sex marriages, doctor-assisted suicide, and Gay rights, they stand on a similar ground along with other Christian religions. They do not believe in marriages of the same sex, not in abortions, nor doctor-assisted suicide, and the concept of being gay is considered blasphemous in many parts of the bible as in Corinthians 1:8 and 1:9 so gay rights seems a mockery to the church. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ/Jesus was the first divinecreation of Jehovah/God and that he died on a torcher stake as a ransom for the human race. Similar to the Christian faith, except that the emphasis on torches take was unnerving.
The church views on other religions outside itself are as the
elder member said are like misguided sheep. I was slightly disturbed by this slightly rude and intolerant statement, but I had to respect their beliefs, so I
said nothing. Kingdom Hall’s members are concerned about the youth of today.
The youth of today as they see it is relentlessly tempted on a regular basis by society and the press and fellow teens. Now more than ever, teens have more pressure on their beliefs than adults. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in most all of the bibles of today but stick to the traditional versions such as the King James or the King Georgeversions. But as for the newer bibles such as the New Testament, or the man’s Bible, or the woman’s bible, they consider these versions a misguided representation of the bible.
As I see the Jehovah’s Witness’s religion, as friendly as they were, was closed-minded as most other Christian religions. It had the same feel and atmosphere of A Christian religion, but it did not have the same beauty of a church, more like a seminar. As I went through the service, I learned that a Jehovah’s Witness is not that different in their lives or in their beliefs. Find it hard to see why other faiths see the religion as straying from
Christian faith, when they follow the guidelines of the Bible itself.
The reason for the misunderstanding is ignorance and with the knowledge that gape can be bridged, but even with knowledge gained, sometimes acceptance of that knowledge does not, as is all too true in a religious society. Sadly there are too
few religions that accept other faiths, religions that teach tolerance, maybe religion is not at fault, and maybe it is the people’s basic stubbornness.
From what I have seen religion today is like a cola you drink, a type of pizza you eat, a certain style of clothes you wear, rather than a way of life. From what have seen, a small percentage of religious people do not follow it’s way outside of their place of worship, and outside of their homes.
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