Hypocrisy Overload! "When Loved Ones Do Not Share Your Faith: Awake!—2003"
Came across this article regarding non JW relatives. The hypocrisy in this article is astounding.
My comments are in yellow.
The Bible’s Viewpoint
When Loved Ones Do Not Share Your Faith
ACCORDING to one estimate, there are more than 10,000 religions and sects in the world. In one country about 16 percent of the adult population have at some point switched from one religion to another. It is no wonder, then, that there are disagreements about religious beliefs among relatives and friends. Sometimes this results in strained relationships. Thus the question, How should Christians treat loved ones who do not share their faith?
Yes, sometimes it results in strained relationships. Especially when one of the religions actually encourages shunning for those that wish to leave.
A Special Relationship
Consider, for instance, what the Bible says about the special relationship between parents and their children. No time limit is implied in the command at Exodus 20:12 to “honor your father and your mother.” In fact, in Jesus’ discussion of this command, recorded at Matthew 15:4-6, it is obvious that he was speaking of the honor that adult children would render to their parents.
The Bible book of Proverbs cautions against showing disrespect toward one’s parents. Proverbs 23:22 advises that you should “not despise your mother just because she has grown old.” Pointedly, Proverbs 19:26 warns that one who “is maltreating a father [and] that chases a mother away is a son acting shamefully and disgracefully.”
It is clear from the Scriptures that we should not neglect our parents. The fact that our parents do not accept our religion does not cancel our relationship with them. These Bible principles apply similarly to other blood relations and to one’s marriage mate. Clearly, Christians remain morally and Scripturally obligated to love their relatives.
Why then dont you apply these principles to ex-JW family members?
Reasonableness Is Vital
Of course, the Bible warns against bad association, and this influence could come from one’s immediate relatives. (1 Corinthians 15:33) Many faithful servants of God in the past stood up for what is right even though their parents disagreed. This evidently was true of Korah’s sons. (Numbers 16:32, 33; 26:10, 11) True Christians should not compromise their faith to please others, not even their relatives.—Acts 5:29.
"True Christians should not compromise their faith to please others, not even their relatives" Lets flip this around shall we? Suppose you're from a family of Catholics, and your brother converts to become a JW. Wouldn't it be unreasonable to for the Catholics to shun their brother? Simply for converting to a religion he really believes in?
In some situations parents or other loved ones vehemently fight against the beliefs of a Christian. Some may even become enemies of true Christianity. In such cases Christians take reasonable steps to protect their spirituality. Jesus aptly said: “A man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. He that has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and he that has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.”—Matthew 10:36, 37.
In most cases, however, Christians do not face severe opposition from their loved ones. Their relatives simply do not share the same understanding of Bible teachings. The Holy Scriptures encourage Christ’s followers to treat unbelievers “with mildness” and “deep respect.” (2 Timothy 2:25; 1 Peter 3:15) The Bible aptly counsels: “A slave of the Lord does not need to fight, but needs to be gentle toward all.” (2 Timothy 2:24) The apostle Paul also counseled Christians “to speak injuriously of no one, not to be belligerent, to be reasonable, exhibiting all mildness toward all men.”—Titus 3:2.
Keep in Touch and Express Love
At 1 Peter 2:12, Christians are given this encouragement: “Maintain your conduct fine among the nations [unbelievers] that . . . they may as a result of your fine works of which they are eyewitnesses glorify God.” Often, loved ones who do not share our beliefs see the changes that the Bible has made in our life. Remember that many who were indifferent or even opposed to Bible truth have changed their mind. It may have taken many years of closely observing the good conduct of a marriage mate or a child for some individuals to investigate the reason behind that conduct. When people do not accept Bible truths, let it not be because they were neglected by a Christian loved one.
Funny, if they actually practiced this, maybe they wouldn't be losing 70% of born in's every 10 years and 33% of converts a year.
Admittedly, circumstances vary, and some Christian Witnesses live far away from their parents. It may not be possible to visit as often as desired. But writing letters, calling on the telephone, or keeping in contact regularly in other ways will assure our loved ones of our affection. Many who are not true Christians love their parents and other relatives and communicate regularly with them regardless of their religious affiliation. Should Christian Witnesses do any less?
Indeed. I mean, surely JW's should be setting the gold standard in family unity if they're true imitators of Christ. I tend to see more love and kindness from the staff in my local Starbucks then i do from my ex Family.
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Keeping in touch with your loved ones will assure them of your affection
Well said, pale emperor.
The WT is so disgusting and hypocritical!
They use two sets of scales without shame.
What a bunch of filthy lucre loving liars they are!
Nothing but shameless liars.
Pelados, mentirosos, llenos de mierda, hijos de la gran puta! Asquerosos puercos sin verguenza! Malditas culebras que son esas miserables ratas!
Me dan tanto asco estos hipocritas!
So we obey the scriptures to honour our parents unless the Watchtower tells us otherwise?
Let's take this sentence from above, "The Holy Scriptures encourage Christ’s followers to treat unbelievers “with mildness” and “deep respect.”- On one hand jw's should treat 'unbelievers' with respect even though they apparently have rejected jehovah and their doctrines. On the other hand when one was a jw and has become an unbeliever and maybe even has chosen a different church then the person is mentally diseased and one should not even greet them because they too have rejected jehovah and their doctrines.(been df'd)
How can a jw read this crap and not see? it boggles my mind.
It's good that you found this information and I certainly agree that the wt is extremely hypocritical. They speak out of both sides of their pompous butts. Unfortunately, if we use this information to show the wt's hypocrisy we will simply be informed that this is 'old light'. After all it's 14 year old information and god's organization is progressive. lol
Oh wow! What hypocrisy indeed!
Yes, Jehovah's Chariot has turned many an old belief into roadkill.
My brother in law called Mr Scully (once we made arrangements to meet with him and his wife while we were on vacation a couple of years ago) to inform us that "because of our situation with the Congregation™ [Inactive™]" he had decided that they couldn't associate with us.
I don't think he got this memo - because he sure enjoys the company of his Catholic siblings, and they never rejected him when he became a JW.
I feel so sick when I look back at how evil the JW cult is. The JW is the worst religion on earth because it alone claims to be the most holy, the closest to living the Bible and the only direct channel with God and then does everything secretly to prove otherwise!