I just can't say no

I just can't say no

There are 78 comments on the Bangor Daily News story from Sep 19, 2012, titled I just can't say no. In it, Bangor Daily News reports that:

I am a Jehovah's Witness. Well, I'm not yet, but I may be soon so I'm trying on the proverbial dress to see if it fits.

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“Bustin' Myths”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#1 Sep 19, 2012
From the link:

I am a Jehovah’s Witness. Well, I’m not yet, but I may be soon so I’m trying on the proverbial dress to see if it fits. I don’t actually want to be a Witness, but I can’t seem to convey this to them, and so it really may come to pass that I become one. I’m not the sort of person who would seek to become a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or any religious sect for that matter, but I am absolutely the sort of person who would realize while folding clothes on a Tuesday that I had inadvertently done so. That’s how I became a vegetarian, and a subscriber to too many magazines, and heavily in debt to American Express, and – hell – even how I became a mother. These things have a way of sneaking up on me.

It began with a woman named Annie. She rapped on my front door on a day that was blisteringly cold. I knew who she was and what she represented as soon as I spied her slight frame through the glass panes of my door. Even the UPS man, tasked with delivering a valuable package that requires a signature, doesn’t pause on the stoop if the temperature has dipped below freezing. She stood there, bent with chill and with tears springing at the creases of her eyes, and asked me if I ever wondered about the role of Jesus in these uncertain times. The neurons in my brain skipped about, desperately summoning the motor ability to utter a parting phrase and close the door. The cranial pathways of most people allow for this sort of complex coordination, but mine are so littered with outdated laws of etiquette and corroded by bad television that I can’t manifest the desired response.

And so I said,“Sure, I wonder about it.”

With that simple concession, Annie beamed with optimism, much the way I do when someone asks if I’ve lost weight when in fact I’ve eaten nothing but saturated fat for a week. I permitted Annie to read a passage from her book of psalms as the kids ran recklessly behind me, periodically peeping through my legs to see if the figure at our door had transmuted into a character from a Disney film since the last time they had checked. I couldn’t bring myself to shoo her away because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, as mine would be had I mustered the mettle to talk to a stranger about my passion only to be dismissed because they were too busy watching a “Today” show segment about renal biopsy despite having perfectly healthy kidneys.

At one point in her reading she paused to collect herself because the cold had made her voice tremble. I wanted to invite her in since that’s the least you can do for someone who’s willing to throw the dice on you being a part of their selective ascension to the heavens, but I knew that would be the first sentence to the story of how my family came to star in a live Nativity scene in our front yard. I would never have considered allowing a male into my home since I’ve watched enough talk shows to know that always ends with a knife in your back or – worse – the purchase of an appliance. I let Annie remain on the porch, drawing solace from the fact that I wouldn’t have to offer a hot beverage I wasn’t entirely sure how to prepare or that she may not even be allowed to drink, religiously speaking.

“Bustin' Myths”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#2 Sep 19, 2012
From the link continued:

So she pointed to passages and met my eyes through the screen with hopeful nods until she concluded with a smile, grateful to have been heard above the din of my home. She mentioned that she would return, and when she does, I should concede my disinclination to join her flock. I’m not sure how to say it because pointed assertions are not my strong suit. My communication will be reduced to a court jesterlike performance, juggling spoons as I try to make her understand how much I love my birthday and how I’d really like a blood transfusion should I ever medically require one. I’ll divulge that my only brush with organized religion let me down because the man who took my childhood confessions is now defrocked and has a mug shot. If I look into her disappointed eyes, I’ll have to assure her their chapter would only suffer having someone like me charged with door-to-door duties. Girl Scout Troop No. 1179, still known as the lowest-selling cookie troop in Arizona history, could confirm as much.

I’ll probably just tell her that I’ve overheard my neighbor fretting over her path to salvation. And that she makes a really good casserole.
little lamb

Australia

#3 Sep 19, 2012
"Just let your yes mean yes and your no..no..for what is in excess of this comes from the evil one."

I felt pressured when the witnesses were first coming to my house..and I thought of just taking off and not being at home..and then I caught my reflection in the mirror and I thought ..the day I don't want anyone to enter my house I will have the guts to tell them to their face..never want to be a coward.
dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#4 Sep 19, 2012
I think,if someone have spiritual motivation,to be jehowa witness,
this person suppose to not cheat own conscieoues,
only enter this organization who Bear Gods Name,
and is blessed because of His Most Holy Name,

for sure after purification in body and soul 2 COR 7;1
same person can get underserved kindness of Gods Grace,and Gods Spirit take out this person from JW organization(without of any eternal future hope,or eternal life)
also volutarly being jw is not bad thing,to learn train,teach,preach,and pray for forgiveness and GODS Grace,
for sure God will give His Grace to whom,who HE WISH ACCORDING TO HIS PLEASURE EPH 1;3-9

AND THIS PERSON RECEIVING GODS GRACE,IS GOING TO BE GODS CHILD DIRECTLY QUIDED BY HOLY SPIRIT,WHICH ALLOW THIS SAVED PERSON,TO DEPART FROM JW, AND BELONG ONLY TO HEAVENLY ASSEMBLY FAMILY OF GOD 2 THESS 2;1
MENAgirl

Cairo, Egypt

#5 Sep 20, 2012
I was concerned about the tiny old lady going to strange doors in freezing weather by herself. This is now required of JW ladies in 2012? Yikes!

It was a light and entertaining little piece and I think reflected the ambivalence of many who have a JW at their door. They bear them no hate, they are not interested, but don't have the guts to tell them. Furthermore, they are fairly ignorant as to the whole thing anyway. The problem is, learning more is usually an $$ proposition, as it can cost you your life, your family, your job and your sanity. But hey, the literature is free (with a donation!)
BEEN THERE

Troy, MI

#6 Sep 20, 2012
IT WILL WORK GREAT FOR YOU,IF YOU WANT TO LOSE ANYONE CLOSE TO YOU THAT DOESN'T WANT TO BE BELIEVE THE WAY YOU DO.BE SMART RUN LIKE HELL,AWAY FROM J W CULT
.
Apple

Singapore, Singapore

#7 Sep 20, 2012
i find it annoying when jw came to my door step asked me to read scriptures to them.
Apple

Singapore, Singapore

#8 Sep 20, 2012
what is bible study all about? is it important to read it to others to listen or own self study?

all is in the bible, why should we need someone to tell us what this
scriptures about?

some will explain in difference ways from others and it's very confusing.
True Christian

United States

#9 Sep 20, 2012
Don't waste your time with the witnesses or waste their time either, just tell them to go away if you don't want to know what the Bible is teaching you today.

Be honest, and don't feel sorry for witnesses, for any reason, they feel sorry for all the religiously misguided today.

But, if you are concerned about what is going to happen in the near future, and you want to know what God wants you to do to survive the end of this world, soom to be here, then start your personal Bible study, then decide if you want to obey Almighty God Jehovah's servants today or not.

Don't ever get baptized as a lover of Jehovah, if you are not going to be obedient forever, and be patient and let Jesus correct all mistakes against you. The hypocrite or phony will never last, they are not of our sort.
Apple

Singapore, Singapore

#10 Sep 20, 2012
how to study when their bible is diff from king james. theirs are new world translation bible something like that.
dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#11 Sep 20, 2012
MENAgirl wrote:
I was concerned about the tiny old lady going to strange doors in freezing weather by herself. This is now required of JW ladies in 2012? Yikes!
It was a light and entertaining little piece and I think reflected the ambivalence of many who have a JW at their door. They bear them no hate, they are not interested, but don't have the guts to tell them. Furthermore, they are fairly ignorant as to the whole thing anyway. The problem is, learning more is usually an $$ proposition, as it can cost you your life, your family, your job and your sanity. But hey, the literature is free (with a donation!)
i am not JW
but I encouarage you to speak with those people,without of any fricking church hates and predujicies
Those people and their literature can show you values of God excelently,
other religions and their members only Lie, don't know Bible, and serve devil,and own doctrines 2 Cor 11;13-15
reading their literature, and Bible,maybe God directly give you His Grace Eph 2;8-9....
and than Holy Soirit will take care of you,and allow you,to dpeart from this dead without of salavation organization of JW,or any church
dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#12 Sep 20, 2012
Apple wrote:
how to study when their bible is diff from king james. theirs are new world translation bible something like that.
Study King James, and don't allow JW to study with you their NWT Bible,
if they refuse,just you refuse too,
God draw His own children to Him, not any earthly church of JW full of contradictions about Bible,

let me add
John 1;1 was suported by catolic ocultist Johan geber who claim that Jesus is not God, and in heaven all angels have pe...nis

NWT Bible is man made fake,full of Lies,called by JW"modern language"
dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#13 Sep 20, 2012
True Christian wrote:
Don't waste your time with the witnesses or waste their time either, just tell them to go away if you don't want to know what the Bible is teaching you today.
Be honest, and don't feel sorry for witnesses, for any reason, they feel sorry for all the religiously misguided today.
But, if you are concerned about what is going to happen in the near future, and you want to know what God wants you to do to survive the end of this world, soom to be here, then start your personal Bible study, then decide if you want to obey Almighty God Jehovah's servants today or not.
Don't ever get baptized as a lover of Jehovah, if you are not going to be obedient forever, and be patient and let Jesus correct all mistakes against you. The hypocrite or phony will never last, they are not of our sort.
frenny
on your place ,I would watch own business,and own beliefs,
because you are far away from true christianity,
spreading hate, predujice,and sick advices,is interfering in someone personal life and beliefs,
never forget all churches Babilon Great are under devil spirit today 2 cor 11;13-15.2 the 2;3-12. rev 17.18

also Bible telling us,you worship devil-fake christ angel of light,
and you are posessed by devil spirit hating others own choices,
Apple

Singapore, Singapore

#14 Sep 20, 2012
dr Shrink wrote:
<quoted text>
Study King James, and don't allow JW to study with you their NWT Bible,
if they refuse,just you refuse too,
God draw His own children to Him, not any earthly church of JW full of contradictions about Bible,
let me add
John 1;1 was suported by catolic ocultist Johan geber who claim that Jesus is not God, and in heaven all angels have pe...nis
NWT Bible is man made fake,full of Lies,called by JW"modern language"
i have refused them after their third visit.

as they don't agree they are false prophets in bible.
dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#15 Sep 20, 2012
Apple wrote:
<quoted text>
i have refused them after their third visit.
as they don't agree they are false prophets in bible.
If you respect very High Own Christian Freedom,you never allow someone to teach you man made doctrines, all worldwide churches and JW today are in the hands of satan spirit,2 Cor 11;13-15.2 THES 2;3-12.Rev 17.18

Bible Gods Word urge all true believer to depart get away from them included JW, Rev 18;4-5

and stick only personaly with Gods Word Bible,brake own heart Psalm 51;17,,,and besech God in own personaly prayers for His Grace,and Mercy eph 1;3-12.2;8-9

all singles born again saints John1;1;13.3;3-8 are not associated today with any church,or organizations like JW,or 38001 false christ sects,

true anoinnted chosen ones,are only united by Bible with Gods Most Holy Spiritual Assembly-Church in heaven-all ages Saints and those who God chose and adopted as His child from this AGE OF GRACE 21 CENTURY

May God bless you,and allow you to be under Grace,to learn the truth
and the truth for sure will set you free,
none from outside is going to help you enter those door,ONLY ONE JESUS CHRIST JOHN 14;6
Apple

Singapore, Singapore

#16 Sep 20, 2012
dr Shrink wrote:
<quoted text>
If you respect very High Own Christian Freedom,you never allow someone to teach you man made doctrines, all worldwide churches and JW today are in the hands of satan spirit,2 Cor 11;13-15.2 THES 2;3-12.Rev 17.18
Bible Gods Word urge all true believer to depart get away from them included JW, Rev 18;4-5
and stick only personaly with Gods Word Bible,brake own heart Psalm 51;17,,,and besech God in own personaly prayers for His Grace,and Mercy eph 1;3-12.2;8-9
all singles born again saints John1;1;13.3;3-8 are not associated today with any church,or organizations like JW,or 38001 false christ sects,
true anoinnted chosen ones,are only united by Bible with Gods Most Holy Spiritual Assembly-Church in heaven-all ages Saints and those who God chose and adopted as His child from this AGE OF GRACE 21 CENTURY
May God bless you,and allow you to be under Grace,to learn the truth
and the truth for sure will set you free,
none from outside is going to help you enter those door,ONLY ONE JESUS CHRIST JOHN 14;6
thanks,

it's not easy to spot out the false teachers until they said something one don't agree.

at least i pity them and gave them chairs to sit while they preach and food too.

it's annoying when they are not well versed in bible doctrines and
wanting to teach bible house to house.
one question to them, took a week to reply.

the sheeps recognise the sheperd's voice.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#17 Sep 21, 2012
Now i remember why i left this sight a couple of years ago. There is no good being done here by JW,s-- nothing but darkness is found in these opposers posts. I pray the best for everyone.
Madame Pompadore

Middletown, NY

#18 Sep 21, 2012
All of the Brooklyn Heights community have had their prayers answered. Finally get rid of the Watchtower. Praise the Lord!
Madame Pompadore

Middletown, NY

#19 Sep 21, 2012
http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/Scripts/DocSearch.d... This will link to NYC site of the sale of Watchtower brooklyn heights properties.
man711

Farmington, MI

#20 Sep 21, 2012
You will absolutely learn more about the bible then ANY other church, some don't even bother with scriptures.

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