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Hi Terrie,that lasts forever”. In fact, this article in the Awake associates ‘holidays’ with “Halloween”. The Watchtower, “As the children get older it is well not to leave them idle. Gradually encourage them to give their own testimonies at the doors or on the streets or to have their own home Bible studies. Suggest that they become vacation pioneers during their summer holidays. Perhaps the desire to become a foreign missionary can be instilled in their hearts in the course of the years” . And the Watchtower 1997 p12 said, “How true Paul’s words proved to be! …..Christianity ….gobbled up by pagan corruption. And nowhere was this contamination more apparent than in the celebration of holidays.” And “1995 Knowledge” p127 said, “When other kids ask why I don’t celebrate holidays, I tell them that I celebrate every day”. There's a long list of forbidden days "against" your “religion” Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, National Days, Birthdays, etc. In fact, any day the Watchtower say you are not 'allowed' to keep. You wrote,
>>All that matters to me is that when I meet people at the doors I listen to what they have to say. If you have met witnesses that do not, why take that out on me? <<
I’m not taking it out on you. You were complaining, saying; get your “facts straight”, etc. What you write isn’t correct – ie Beards are NOT encouraged for JW's, Watchtower 1975 8/15 p501, Watchtower 1968 p287. Sports and sports clubs are NOY encouraged for JW's, Watchtower 1999 p11,13, Watchtower 1997 p16, Watchtower 1996 p25. And ignoring 'conventions' (something you would never do) is a very serious matter - Watchtower 1999 p.5-6,9,15,20. Watchtower 1989 p8. You wrote,
>>In case you didn't realise my only email address is at work so therefore I cannot have a discussion, all the time I spend typing to you I take out of my lunch hour. (This might be amazing but I am honest to my employer - the bible taught me that) And I do not have an email address at home. I am also in another country so I am not going to ring you to have a 'discussion'. As I said before I go door to door every Saturday or Sunday depending on the days I don't work - and I meet plenty of BA's at the doors who I have discussions with.<<
If I were you, I wouldn’t worry about work, holidays, discussion, going door to door, or even eating, until you have obeyed what Jesus commanded. He said, "What I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God" (Jn.3:5 LB). Stilling trusting the Watchtower Society and ignoring the Bible? You wrote,
>>I only got back to you today because I have been on holidays - oh but hold on a minute you probably don't even think Jehovah's Witnesses are 'allowed' to go on holidays, do you think that is against my religion too.<<
Don’t worry about what I think of having holidays. Be more concerned what the Watchtower Society think about holidays. You might need “to laugh (because it sounds) "so stupid" but they have some very strict rules regarding holidays. Awake 1993 pg8 "We Are Not Deprived!" “Every holiday is celebrating something false and is focused on false things…. Something that I have that is better than holidays is the wonderful organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Instead of lasting one day, like a holiday…