I have a friend whom I met at the Comic Con at the Edmonton Expo this year. My Other Friend invited me to go to the event and she said he would be there (he’s her childhood friend). I only knew my Other Friend, so I was wondering who this mysterious other person was. A few days after the Comic Con, I asked him what his religion is and he said that he’s a Jehovah’s Witness (JW). A Jehovah’s Witness is the last thing I would think him to be. It’s strange talking to him about his religion, even though I would like to know more about it.
I invited him to my Halloween party, but he replied that he can’t go, because his strict religion doesn’t celebrate Halloween. Or Christmas. Or Easter. Or New Year’s. Or Thanksgiving. Not even birthdays. His parents are deeply submerged in their religion, not allowing their children to have social lives, like attending events like birthday parties, Christmas parties, New Year’s parties, concerts, etc.
My Other Friend said something along the lines of this, “I’ve known him for 11 years, and not once has he been allowed to come to anything I’ve invited him to. The Comic Con was the first time he’s ever been allowed a social life.” He also told me that JW’s believe that they don’t want to be a part of this world. I did some research and found out that JW’s believe Satan currently rules Earth, and anything on this earth that’s negative like drugs and crap are Satan-related, so they don’t want to be here (I believe this is the reason for no holidays). I asked him if JW’s believe in Heaven, and he replied that they do believe in Heaven, but they only believe that a certain group of people who have already be chosen will go to Heaven. I don’t have time out of my busy life to research that.
I really want him to become a Protestant Believer, but like most, I’m afraid he’ll say no. Plus, my beliefs go against his beliefs, which creates friction, and friction is not great in a friendship, though it is a part of life, and we must live with it. And since his religion is so strict that he practically doesn’t have a social life. No holidays, no birthday parties, no concerts, no hangouts, no nothing. His parents must have been caught off guard and said yes to let him go to the Comic Con. Probably because it isn’t Pagan (which means it is within their strictly JW standards). And what is Pagan, you might ask? Pagan means non-Christian. Now, Christian is a very broad term, as many of you know. There are many denominations, and apparently, Jehovah’s Witnesses are one of them. I was raised in a Christian home, and all my life I was taught to dislike JW’s. Every once in a while, a JW would come marching up our driveway, knocking on our door, pamphlet in hand, asking us to join their religion or whatever. I was taught to believe that this was JW’s don’t celebrate Halloween and I think most or all holidays because they are Pagan.
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