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How to avoid the Jehovah's Witnesses on your doorstep.

Updated on June 12, 2012

I have no problem with people having a different religion to mine, after all, each to their own, and there are so many religions that are 'popular', each follower apparently believing their chosen religion, and only theirs, is the correct one, (everyone else must be wrong, mustn't they?). No, my problem is not specifically with the difference of opinion on religious choice, (after all, I converted from Church of England, following a Catholic School early education, to being a Pagan!). My problem mainly lies with my privacy being invaded at often very inconvenient times, and by people trying to tell me my choice is wrong, and then trying to force their own religion on to me instead. I suspect many of you know which religion I am talking about by now (the title of this hub was a bit of a give away), yes, I am referring to Jehovah's Witnesses.

Now I don't know about you, but I have somehow been unlucky enough to have Jehovah's witnesses try to visit me on a number of awkward or annoying occasions. For example, when I have been enjoying a long soak in the bath, when I have been making love, when I have been cooking and when I am in the middle of watching a very enjoyable TV programme. I am so polite that I find it very difficult to say "buggar off, I'm busy", so I usually end up having a polite conversation with them on my doorstep, even if still clad only in my dressing gown or bathrobe!

The last significant experience I had was when I made the mistake of allowing a couple of nice young male 'Witnesses' into my home when I lived in England. I told them I was a Pagan, more specifically a 'Wiccan', thinking they might accept this and leave me alone in my beliefs. Not so, my sources that had previously told me Jehovah's Witnesses leave Pagans alone because it is the hardest religion to 'break', were apparently wrong. My statement just acted as a 'gauntlet thrown down', in other words, I became a challenge. When they eventually left I was given a heap of 'Watchtower Magazines', one of which included a large article on the evils of Pagansim and Wicca as a religion. After reading them through briefly out of morbid curiosity, I quickly dispatched these to the bin, which in my opinion was where these bigoted articles deserved to be.

I have since read some interesting pieces of advice on how to avoid Jehovah Witnesses, and I decided to put these all in one place, hopefully with a humorous slant that will appeal to my readers, (although I somehow doubt I shall amuse the Jehovah Witnesses that read this). If it helps at all, one of my neighbours is a Jehovah Witness, but thankfully she is not one of the 'knocking on doors' variety, and does not force her religion down other people's throats. Additionally I have spoken to friends of mine who also know 'Witnesses' , and they have told me their Jehovah Witness friends are not of the questionable belief that blood transfusions should not be allowed, (even if their own child's life depends on it) and that they are not all inclined to force feed others their beliefs in a 'Pâté Foie Gras' style. This much is a relief, but it still leaves me wanting to maintain both my religious and personal privacy, and not be approached with a view to being 'saved' by any religious group.

So here goes with my advice on how to avoid the Jehovah's Witnesses on your doorstep.

1) Hide.... honestly, this really works. My Husband did this only the other day. I heard the knock on the door, and called out to him to answer it. He rapidly appeared in the room I was in with vigorous 'shushing' motions, whispering that the Jehovah's Witnesses were outside and he had seen them working their way around our complex. Apparently they nearly missed our front door because it hasn't got a name above it, but one sharp eyed 'Witness' spotted it, and decided to 'give it a go', resulting in my Husband and I hiding in the upstairs bedroom for several minutes until the area was 'safe'. We later found out our neighbours had done exactly the same!!

2) My Mum's recommended method, quickly devised upon coming home to find my Stepfather had, in error, allowed two female Jehovah's Witnesses into their living room. She told them that we were all Catholics and both her daughters had received a Catholic education. This did the trick and they soon left, blissfully unaware that none of the family are actually Catholics.

3) A fellow hubber suggested this one ages ago. Answer the front door wearing a large flowing robe, and explain you can't speak to them right now as you are busy and need to go slaughter a goat for your altar. A lengthy knife in one hand, (with a bit of carefully applied ketchup), can add to the authenticity of your claim.

4) A gamble, but I have known of people who have been brave enough to invite the Jehovah's Witnesses into their home, purely to debate the issue of their religion with them. In some cases I have heard of, (at least one a fellow hubber), they actually talked their visitors around, and the Witnesses left questioning their own beliefs and what they had been taught, largely because they were young themselves, and had never yet questioned what they had been told in any depth. As far as I know they never returned, so obviously they were the converts, and not the other way around!

5) An excellent one I found on the Internet was: "A friend claims that when Jehovah's Witlesses knock on her door, her first response is to ask for their address. When they ask why she wants to know, she says it is so she can visit them to push her beliefs. So far, none of them have given their address. It also marks the end of the interview".

6) Answer the door naked.... need I say more!


7) Point out that according to their own beliefs only 144,000 of them are going to Heaven, so statistically the odds are against them being one of the lucky ones, leaving you as a 'new convert' with no hope.

8) Actually this one is not funny, but should be mentioned as it is quite shocking, "

There is an article on the official Jehovah's Witness website about child abuse. It states that if a Jehovah's witness child accuses another JW of abuse, the child must first try to reconcile the problem with that molester. If the abuser denies abuse then no further action will be taken as Jehovah will sort it!!!!!!!!!!!! No mention of the police or other authorities!

9) Post a notice on your front door stating that you are off donating blood to the local blood bank (totally against their religion).

10) Advise them that your Horoscope said you should beware of visiting strangers with a message!! (Horoscopes a big no no to Jehovah's Witnesses). Actually, for a full, and quite shocking list of what Jehovah's Witnesses are apparently not allowed to do... go to this link and prepare to fall over backwards at the list you will be confronted by.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Okay lupandiomo, I understand that you are not yet ready to discover Paganism, and that is fine (not my job to convert anyone to Paganism, it has to be discovered). Maybe in another lifetime you too will reach this level of spiritual advancement and find it for yourself).

    Naturally I know this isn't 'the only life there is', and I do believe there is something after. I am somewhat surprised though that anyone still believes in the 'Garden of Eden' story when it is obviously genetically impossible for this to be accurate.

    Honestly I have no need to read JW magazines as I am already on what I feel is the absolute correct path, and I have no desire to go backwards. Each to their own, but I strongly suggest you stick to what feels right to you, but don't expect everyone else to find it right for them, or assume you are right (or want what you feel is right rammed down their throats on their own doorsteps during their own private time).

    No need really to scream my name in capital letters in your final comment, (honestly, is this what desperation to get people to convert to your point of view as JW's does to a person!!). As for dismissing the link I posted, well, you might not believe what is in it, but it has been compiled by many people including former JW's, so I guess burying your head in the sand would be the easier option.

    Finally I don't need to, (or desire) any 'hold on you', why would I? You keep coming to this hub, I don't follow you to yours! Get over yourself, you may feel 'free' right now, but hey, let's see what happens when we die and then we will all know the real truth. Meanwhile I am accepting and offering blood transfusions where needed, and will happily accept an organ transplant if I ever need one, and will donate my organs to anyone who needs them after I die. God would not have made this possible if he did not intend us to use this to our advantage and to save lives. Even Jesus performed miracles to save lives!!!

    This is my last post debating this pointless issue. I wish you well in your life and hope you find what you seek one way or the other.

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    lupandiomo 5 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

    I visited that link you suggested just to show that nothing will change my beliefs but like i knew in advance, couldn't find anything plausible, just half truths,hypocrisy,envy, even desperation to twist the truth.I tell you what,MISTYHORIZON2003,iam firmly in tact and neither you nor any pretender to the throne can convince me.You have no hold on me!the truth has set me freeeeeeeee!!!!

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    lupandiomo 5 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

    "all those who try to save their lives will lose it and those who lose their lives for my sake(including not breaking God's law regarding the sanctity of blood-God's commandments never change-they remain forever.It's important to remember that Jehovah gave the express commandment to the children of Israel to bleed the animal after killing it,doing this showed their respect for blood as the source of life from God.The same commandment was repeated in the 1st century C, mind you ,thousands of years later after it was first made) will gain it",said Jesus.Therefore, even if i should have to lose my life for remaining obedient to God,I know that he will resurrect me in paradise on earth.Yes,mistyhorizo2003,this ain't the only life there is, real life as God originally planned in the garden of Eden is close at hand!And the evidence of all this is allover the place including widespread indifference to the truth which prophecy you are helping to fulfill right now.i would like to say that my family are those that worship the lord.I try to extend an olive branch to my immediate family but if they remain indifferent to the teaching,its their choice and besides there are methods of treatment that entirely depend on the individual and not the organization.You simply are out of touch with JW's doctrines.Please read their magazines,the latest ones, if only to have an idea of what they really stand for.Stop relying on hearsay.

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    lupandiomo 5 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

    "all those who try to save their lives will lose it and those who lose their lives for my sake(including not breaking God's law regarding the sanctity of blood-God's commandments never change-they remain forever.It's important to remember that Jehovah gave the express commandment to the children of Israel to bleed the animal after killing it,doing this showed their respect for blood as the source of life from God.The same commandment was repeated in the 1st century CE mind you ,thousands of years later after it was first made) will gain it"said Jesus.Therefore, even if i should have to lose my life for remaining obedient to God,I know that he will resurrect me in paradise on earth.Yes,mistyhorizo2003,this ain't the only life there is, real life as God originally planned in the garden of Eden is close at hand!And the evidence of all this is allover the place including widespread indifference to the truth which prophecy you are helping to fulfill right now.i would like to say that my family are those that worship the lord.I try to extend an olive branch to my immediate family but if they remain indifferent to the teaching,its their choice and besides there are methods of treatment that entirely depend on the individual and not the organization.You simply are out of touch with JW's doctrines.Please read their magazines, latest ones if only to have idea what they really stand for.Stop relying on hearsay.

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    5 years ago

    lupandiomo we dont say god bless you because it isn't our place to say who he blesses .... Also, referring to the hub; they shouldn't be a change in transfusion or "door knockers." They should all preach and all refuse blood transfusions. If you are truly troubled or interested in why this is the case, dont hesitate to ask a JW why and they will explain it from the scriptures, and not unjustified direction from some earthly man.

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    5 years ago

    The best way if you truly arent interested is just to say "sorry, i have my own beliefs and I'm quite content with them thank you" smile and shut the door. We (being one myself) go around because we are obliged to as we have found the bible to say. (we take the unaltered bible and dont have to change what we believe to suit people as some do, because its not our place to say what the bible is saying as i feel some christian domination's have forgotten.)You can just say that you no longer want to be contacted, this will then follow on and once a year someone will come to the door asking if you have changed your mind, if not they will walk away. (this annual visit is also to check for a change in ownership of the house, not to be annoying). I will just say finally that we dont want to annoy anyone :/ we do it out of duty and because we feel what we have found will benefit others. Some do respond and have had enriched lives because of it. Obviously it isn't for everyone and we respect that. (PS. some can be quite forceful and i apologise but dont be afraid to be firm in saying no if you are getting offended or annoyed) THANKS

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    So you would be happy to let a loved one die, or yourself, rather than have a blood transfusion or an organ transplant lupandiomo? Can you confirm this?

    Regarding the observation you made: "If this were not God's work,it might as well have dissipated away by now altogether.", I would happily say that on that basis Paganism (which has been around far longer) is still incredibly popular today and is actually rapidly growing in popularity, which seems to indicate the this too must be 'Gods work' or it would have dissipated altogether!

    I don't have any reason to feel that I need to 'learn the truth about exactly what JWs stand for', mainly because I am comfortable with my chosen religion (maybe you too will discover it one day and realise why it feels so 'right'). I for one find it patronising, condescending and rude to be accosted on my own doorstep by uninvited people who treat me as if my choice is wrong because theirs is apparently right, (even when any rational individual would allow medical science to save a dying relative rather than watch them die needlessly). Escaping any form of religious brainwashing is vital, and this is why I am content with my choice, it makes sense, it respects the planet and the environment, it believes in a greater power (God) and it does not condone forcing others to follow it, it is left to the 'ready' individual to seek it out and find it for themselves.

    Good Luck with your choice, I just hope your family members never need blood or organs, and that if they do, you will be content allowing them to go without!

    You too might also benefit from reading the following link, as you may change your mind about your choices once you do,

    http://thejehovahswitnesses.org/things-jehovahs-wi...

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    lupandiomo 5 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

    yeah,that makes for a great humor and fun and jokes.Just remember the concept of relativity(relativism) has got no place in religion at least not in real and true Christianity.Please humble yourself and kindly take note of the ever increasing gathering of the great crowd all year round( you can read from many of their publications or even secular works that are objective).If this were not God's work,it might as well have dissipated away by now altogether. Please read thoroughly on Jw's Life experiences during both world wars and beyond and try to relate that with what Jesus predicted would mark his true followers.I too used to be rude to them until I saw the truth.All this time Jehovah's long suffering was shown me.If you are sincere enough I believe you will have the patience to learn the truth about exactly what JWs stand for and not mock a very very serious job commissioned by Jesus to his followers to do. As for me, I won't look back because I know I have found the truth and i am moving toward dedicating myself to Jehovah through baptism in the next couple days.God Bless you.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    I agree there probably is a God if that helps, and there is something after this life. I am a Pagan by religion and that is something I am 100% comfortable with. Unlike many other religions we work on the principle the Paganism is a path you find on your own, and it is not our job to convert people to the religion. Like most I discovered Paganism after years of being 'fed' the Bible and Christianity at school. Much of what the Bible said did not sit right with me and still doesn't. I struggled with people saying animals didn't have souls for instance. Eventually I came across Paganism and all its love of nature and the environment, and it was like coming home.

    I believe that you believe what JW's do is the same as warning someone of a disaster like a hurricane, I also believe that you believe there is some great new system coming to mankind. The problem is other people already have religions (if they are religious) or none if they are atheist. They too believe strongly in what they have chosen as a path, and for that reason it is better to let people discover on their own what sits right with them, and not invade their privacy to force your beliefs upon them. As per my earlier suggestion, do it in the high street if necessary, at least people are able to walk past and are not obliged to stop what they are doing in order to answer a door and then politely try and 'get rid' of the unwanted visitors. It is very disrespectful of other's beliefs to basically take the attitude 'you are wrong, I am right, so I have to tell you about the right things to believe and I don't care if you hate me turning up on your doorstep to do so'. They no doubt feel equally sure you are wrong and they are right, and the bottom line is that we will only find out for sure once we die, the rest is just beliefs based on what each person has been taught or felt comfortable with.

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    popo walker 5 years ago

    Let's at least agree everyone has to believe in something , God , no God I don't know, Budda. OUR GOVERNMENT!!. We just look at it as if a hurricane or some other disaster were coming we would expect the weater station or some gov. agency to warn us if they new ahead of time. hOW ABOUT THE MILLIONAIR WOULD YOU HATE HIM TO KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR We are telling you about a wonderful new system of things that is coming the mankind and just wanting you to be able to share is this NEW life the Bible speaks about. It says it will last for a thousand years with no satanic influence , no war , no hate, no siclness . We don't need to convince you we just need to tell you and let you make up your own mind,

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thank you for the added information Popo Walker, but does anyone know who actually wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls and how accurate they were? I still find it very hard to believe that the Scrolls or God said no to blood transfusions and organ transplants as they didn't exist then! I also find it very odd that so many other deities shared the same life experiences as Jesus apparently did, born of virgin mothers, dying and rising from the dead etc etc, yet frequently these deities pre-date the era when Christ was supposed to have been around.

    I actually don't want to turn this hub into a forum thread debating who is right and who is wrong (there is enough of that going on the HP Religious forums as it is, and this is why I avoid them because they have become sickening places to be). The sole purpose of this Hub was to be mildly amusing, and to illustrate how frustrating it is to be bothered by people on your own doorstep who believe you need to hear their message because they know better than you do who, and how, you should worshipping.

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    Popo Walker 5 years ago

    That's exacley why Jw's went back to the orginal manuscripts and dead sea scrolls and now a modern day translation for our bible. Words over time change in meaning like "Gay" used to mean happy and we don't say Thee,and Thou anymore. The King James Version has been Revised (not Re-translated)Many Many times. So any errors in interpretation were just passed on. By the way the King James Ver was not the first Bible there were several before it. Paul said that in his time men saw like thru a glass darkly near the end of time we would see clearley. Much has been revieled thru God's spirit in recent years and all is verified in the scriptures. We just didn't always understand or weren't able to see.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for your thoughts lupandiomo, sadly this does not excuse the invasion of privacy covered in this article even if they are correct in their beliefs and interpretations of the Bible (assuming even that was written down accurately after all the versions, translations etc)..

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    lupandiomo 5 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

    i believe and have come to believe that these pple represent true believers of the Bible's teachings.Period.

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    popo walker 5 years ago

    Thnaks for the commit. We all are not perfect but as christians that do believe the Bible we need to follow Christ's example and the scriptures that say we must go door to door. This is not simple for us either. Our gas our time our preporation . All you need to do is say not interested and we are SUPPOSED to say thankyou and leave.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    I am sorry Popo walker, but it is evident that people have commented here saying say asked to be removed from the list of homes to visit, and it didn't work. I am not saying this will happen every time, but to be honest we shouldn't have to find ways to remove the problem, as it shouldn't have happened in the first place. If JW's want to stand in a public place and invite people to talk to them there, that might be more acceptable as people have a choice to stop, or to walk past. At home they don't always know who is at the door before they answer it, they could be asleep, watching a film, cooking dinner, in the bath etc, in which case it is very annoying to be dragged away in order to have someone else's beliefs forced on them. Apart from anything else it is an invasion of privacy, and an arrogant assumption that the JW's have that they know better than everyone else. As far as I am concerned (and I am sure most will agree with me here), JW's are in no way responsible for our spirituality, we are responsible for our own and don't need to be treated like school children who need educating.

    Personally I could never condone or consider a religion that would allow their own family member to die rather than let them have a blood transfusion or an organ transplant. I can't believe any loving God would condone this either.

    Sorry, I am sure you are a lovely person who believes what he has been taught is the right way to go, but you have to accept that this is an opinion, and based on an interpretation of a very old and dusty book. The world is full of religions, each of which believe theirs is the right one. Well not everyone can be right, and we are each free to make our own choice without it being thrust upon us!

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    popo walker 5 years ago

    I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and have been for some 50 years. It is very sad to see some of the terrible comments on here - all of which are simply not true. Do you think it is easy to go from door to door and encountering what we know are people like what I see on here? The reason we do this is because it is what Christ Jesus did and all the apostles did and what Jesus commanded Christians to do until the time of end comes. Matthew 24:14 - "This gospel of the the Kingdome will be preached throughout the entire earth until the End comes." We know you are hiding in your house, we know you are not answering your door, but that's OK - we are there only to give you a chance to hear the message of God's Kingdom under Christ Jesus' rulership in the Heavens. All the things you do to avoid us means you have taken your stand already, and that's OK too. If you really don't want us to come to your door anymore, just tell us to mark it on our territories and your house will be skipped. That means you have made your choice, taken your stand, and that makes you 100% responsible for your actions and relieves us of any responsibility for your spirituality.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Cheers AEther, I am a Pagan too, so I guess we think alike. Reading some of the comments here it seems that not all 'Witnesses' are open to being turned away without returning. Perhaps more drastic measures are sometimes necessary! lol

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    AEther 5 years ago

    LOL that was a great article. I'm tempted to try some of them. Although, my husband always seems to get them to leave us alone by saying "I'm sorry, we have different beliefs in this household. Thank you, take care." They usually never return. He is an atheist and I am pagan.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for your great comment lambservant. Good points all round :)

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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Hilarious. My favorites in order: the robe, knife and goat; the blood bank sign, and asking for their address. The child abuse thing is horrendous. What could they be thinking telling a sexually victimized child to go the the criminal that violated them and try to reconcile. They are asking the child victim to make nice and be friends with a sexual predator. They are not the true Jehovah's witnesses. If they can't correctly identify a pedophile, if they can't correctly chose the right response to such a situation, then what makes them think they know enough about Jehovah to be his witness?

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks Burn, a great and in depth response to this article. I would love to respond in depth, but my Mum has to go into hospital tomorrow and I need to get an early night so I am able to visit her etc. I would hope to God that if she needed a blood transfusion I would never be in the 'JW' camp which says this is wrong.

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    Burn 5 years ago

    JW or 7 Day. It is all the same manure pile to me. I have yet to try opening the door and "not see them or hear them" and then mutter "darn kids" while the JW's are standing right there. and close the door normally.

    In the beginning...I listened and without knowing anything about their beliefs, asked some "POINTED" question that the sheep could not answer. The lead guy said we will come back again with an answer.

    In other words these 2 did not have a clue between them (it made no difference to me whether they could quote Page 1395, verse 224 section 45 as they do or the 7's do as being a bit to "show off" - I do not even know Page 1,verse 1,section 1...and do not plan to learn it either.

    On reading the beginning of this blog I "did not know for example that according the J.W.'s- they are not dead but unconscious. Talk about giving me ammo.

    Unconscious people - so they are burying them alive "or what"?

    Cause buddy, I have been unconscious - for 2 weeks. While unconscious the body does not rot.

    I am going to bet their "dead ones" do. Flesh stinks as it rots. Explain the unconscious state they are in.

    If no one gets to partake in the wine and bread ritual at their one ceremony(cheapskates) then why rub it under the noses of the others? The first 144,000 have already come and gone so is that not just flagrant and cockiness to do that?

    The masses follow the "elders" - everyone gets to be an elder(as we all age at the same rate).

    If the so called "elder" is younger than you, he is a youngster.

    They self elect themselves, or proclaim themselves to be chosen to lead. That means they are the first to jump into the fire. That is what leading is all about.

    Have you ever corralled actual sheep? Say to a shearing barn..

    If the leader hits the wire fence before it finds the gate - the rest of the flock will do the same thing

    "Dumb and dumber". I do not see any pride in calling myself part of a flock.

    Cows are smarter. Goats too.

    This business about refusal of blood transfusions.(all the emphasis has been placed on the children)What about the elders? They drive cars. Accidents happen. Would they take blood if it meant saving "their life"? Darn right they would just because "God said so" to them.

    A total contradiction to the rules.

    The rules some ancients made up. Ancient who? Out of Europe who.

    Really, and they bother those that live in houses but will not do so in "walled Adult communities"

    They do not challenge themselves at all. They hand out booklets, yet they cannot read the sign on the door "no solicitation of any kind"

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for commenting Jim, and I loved your final point about 'Don't they work?' that is very valid, I am assuming their job is to pester us, but who knows who pays their wages!

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    jim10 5 years ago from ma

    Funny how someone that is a Jehova Witness comments that we should listen to everything they say and be reasonable. They say the same thing every time and are themselves unreasonable by never taking no for an answer. They just keep coming back. My poor wife needs to answer the door when they come by because our dogs will keep barking and wake up my son. They really are a nuisance. My wife finally had the courage to leave a note on our door asking them kindly to stop coming by. It worked and they stayed away for a few months. But, the same woman just suddenly started showing up again once every couple of weeks. I'm shocked that we don't hear about them getting beaten up in the news or something. They are killing trees with their stupid papers they insist on us taking. I should get that dog sign you have on here :-) my wife would appreciate. They honestly cannot take no for an answer. Don't they work?

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Genius Ray, I love your ideas, this is just too tempting :)

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    Ray 5 years ago

    You all need to rethink the way you do this. Invite them in. Show them around.Show them your stereo,play some black sabbath for them. Get out the Holiday snaps go through them all. Get out the wedding pictures, show them all.Show your television, show them all 200 channels. Always reminding them that you don't discuss religion with strangers.They now want to leave but try to fill a glass with some strong booze before they get out. Now they know you are not worth saving and wont be back.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    LOL TheWord that suggestion of the Pope sign is an excellent one :)

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    TheWord 5 years ago

    Instead of the humorous doorknocker (that some parents of Girl Scouts might not appreciate)how about hanging a small portrait of the Pope on the front door? (Just like a crucifix to a vampire!!!) I think the dog sign is a good supplement at the beginning of our walkway to the door.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks A.H. and I really hope this works out okay for your parents. It is very possible to be polite and still say 'thanks, but no thanks' so your family should not worry about being rude because this is not 'rude'.

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    A.H 5 years ago

    Thank you for your reply, I will take that suggestion! Hopefully they will back off.

    Love your article!

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Hi A.H. I think the best solution is probably to gently explain to them that their friendship is valued, but would it be possible to keep religion out of it as you (your parents) are already very comfortable with their religion and have no intention of changing now. Ask them then if they can pass the word on to be excluded from the 'list' of homes to visit by local JW's. Of course the sign outside the front door is also a good idea, and this can be worded very politely.

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    A.H 5 years ago

    I have a problem. My neighbor is a jehovah's witness. My parents found that out months ago when the neighbor invited them over for a dinner party. Since then, one of the Jehovah's witness has been dropping by at least twice a week. My parents loves making new friends, but they also don't know how to say no. Not knowing much English, they definitely can't communicate that much but nod. Since I found the reading materials the JW has given them, I told them she will keep coming back. Now they hide whenever the doorbell rings. I have volunteered many times to reject them, but my parents said, "That would be rude." They also explained, "but we are friends!"

    I found a lot of these comments funny and useful. However, none of the comments involve having Jehovah's witness as a neighbor. The lady who visits our house is not our neighbor, but my parents are afraid they would ruin our relationship with the neighbor if I turned them down.

    Is there a best way to handle this situation?

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Hi Kopite Al, I am more concerned with now, as in the refusal of blood transfusions even when it is for their own dying child. Stunningly appalling, and more than enough to convince me that no matter what they had to say I could never agree with this attitude and watch a family member die as a result.

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    Kopite Al 5 years ago

    I tell them their god is a mass murdering psychopath. I ask them how many children were killed when god decided to flood the world after Noah built his ark. I then ask them their views on abortion. They're always against it so then I ask how many unborn children were killed when all the pregnant women drowned in the flood.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Why should we listen to what they say when we are busy doing things we want to be doing and we value our privacy? I don't think it is 'reasonable' to expect people to drop everything to listen to some stranger who has decided to turn up on their doorstep without an appointment.

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    Jw 5 years ago

    I am one of Jehova's witness, and i see you are afraid of JW's coming to your door. But you did not handle that very well. If your not that really interested you should not hide, tell a lie, or be mean. You should at lease listen to what they have to say and be reaonable

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks SonQuioey10, glad you liked this and I loved your story :)

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    Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

    Your hub is great. Great advice. I've had an experience in which a young girl rang the doorbell as I was getting up and putting my clothes on. When I opened the door, she gave me a pamphlet and said, I'll let you get back to what you were doing. As if I was doing something unholy!

    Your advice is well-taken. I will definitely remember what you recommended.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Golly, you need to read my How to Get Revenge Hub then and answer some of the comments for me (a couple of other people do this too), I am clean out of new ideas.

    https://hubpages.com/relationships/Top-Tips-to-Get...

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    Chris 5 years ago

    Thanks, I try to think of fun ways to solve common problems.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks Chris, well I am guessing your method would definitely work LOL.

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    Chris 5 years ago

    For me, I have two options for my future.

    Tell them I own a gun and show them the locked case when they come to my doorstep, telling them to fuck off.

    Tell them to come inside, and invite them to my backyard where I can "read it with them". I don a Zipo lighter and burn the copy of The Watchtower. I will then proceed to tell them to gtfo.

    Sorry, but even though I may be a person with a cruel personality, but people like this should not be tolerated. They either do not realize or care that nobody likes Jehovah's Witnesses.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    You are very welcome Pat, good luck and I hope you solve the problem :)

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    Pat 5 years ago

    I have made the mistake of being nice to them and listening on their visits. But now they are starting to drive me crazy. I have no interest in converting or listening to anymore of their crap. I hate confrontation and every time i'm about to tell them to leave they show up with a couple of people. I will now have to have some cahones and tell them to please stop visiting. Thank you all for the information here. It has given me some insight to what i'm dealing with.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    LOL, thanks Shinkicker :)

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    Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

    "Knock Knock!!!"

    "Who's there?"

    "Jehovah's burglars"

    "Jehovah's burglars??? ..... What are your beliefs?"

    "We believe you've a lot of cash in the house" ....(Spike Milligan)

    Great Hub mistyhorizon, great fun

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Glad to be of help TurtleDog. Perhaps I could send the next ones to call here to your house so you can try these ideas out ;)

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    TurtleDog 5 years ago

    Thanks for the advice! I haven't see JW at more door for years but if they come back, I know I'm ready

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    I think you are largely missing the point that this article is meant to be humorous, and not all the ideas are to be taken literally and actually carried out! To be honest the fact the Jehovah Witnesses and how to get them off your doorstep has become so much of a 'standing joke' for so many years, is mainly because of the fact the vast majority of people don't want religion, ANY religion, thrust down their thoats on their own doorsteps, especially if they are in the middle of doing something else when these people turn up. Essentially these kinds of articles are all over the Internet, and the Jehovah Witnesses only have themselves to blame for this. If they can dish it out they should be able to take it, in other words, 'don't do the crime if you can't do the time'.

    Oh for the record, Halloween is once a year only, and is a bit of fun for the kids, not a religious lecture.

    Also, I suggest that the Witnesses only knock on doors where a sign outside says they are welcome, as opposed to knocking anyway unless they see a sign that says they are not! Problem solved this way and all are happy.

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    H2OBolt 5 years ago

    Let's be adults and let's be kind. You don't need to hide like a child or play immature jokes. Get a peephole and don't answer the door if you don't want to talk or don't have the courage to speak your mind. If someone comes to your door and doesn't leave when you indicate that you are not interested, you are justified in closing the door. But really, is it necessary to be unkind? How about all of the children who appear at Witnesses doors at Halloween? Would you want them to be rude when you impose your religious ideas on them? It's not true that no one wants Jehovah's Witnesses at their door. And in some places in the world, people still practice hospitality. I don't accept that having someone try to talk to you about God is a reason to be rude. At least JWs don't employ the wars and crusades of many religions to share their beliefs. There are more important things to be concerned about than people trying to share their faith.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    I don't think they are hateful H20Bolt, they just value their right to privacy and their own beliefs. No-one wants to be pestered in their own homes when they are happy with their own beliefs and have lives of their own to lead.

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    H2OBolt 5 years ago

    Sad to see so many hateful people.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Intriguing comment Marcus, not sure if you are a sarcastic Jehovah's Witness, or a 'non-invasive of people's privacy' person being facetious! Either way, a funny remark that made me smile :)

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    Marcus Aurellius 5 years ago

    I'm a Jehovah's Witness, and I love going from door to door just to wind people up. I love getting people up out of bed, interrupting their day, winding them up, generally being a pain, and twisting their every word, that is what it is all about!

    I even jump from one sie of the street to the other, or backtrack on not at homes right away, as this catches people out who hide so I can wind them up some more!

    Sometimes I even get a donation to get rid of me; this is great to go towards a beer sometimes!

    I can answer any question, even when I make up the answer it usually sounds good, especially as 99.99% of people don't even know Adam from Eve! Let alone Jesus from God! lol

    I love a challenge! lol

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for sharing your story Michelle, you are the perfect illustration of why it is so wrong for them to harass people in their own homes. How dare they presume that you 'need' to be told what religion to follow, or that your kids do anyway. Hopefully the sign will do the trick.

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and it gave you some laughs too :)

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    Michelle 5 years ago

    I am like you Misty and don't like to be rude so on this one fateful day l opened my door and there were two JWs standing at my door, l listened polietly as they went on and on, they could see a family portrait on the wall in the hallway and saw l had children this started a whole new conversation for them. My children have decided to opt out of doing religious education at school which is their choice and l told them this and they then proceded to tell me that children need guidance and help to which l replied l have no more right to tell my children what job to do so why should l tell them what religion to have, l believe l am a good parent and instill great qualities in my children like respect for others espescailly the eldery and what l believe to be right from wrong in the every day world, but l also believe they have the right to choose what path they take in their future employment and religion(if they so choose to have one)l can only guide them not force them. Back to the JWs they left and about two weeks later one of the JWs returned this time with a different co conspiritor who proceeded to hand me a book about how to raise responsible children, l asked if they had ever met my children to which they answered no so l asked what made them think they were not responsible was it that they thought because l choose to let my child have free will to a degree l was a bad parent, they really had no answer and l had to politely say l was going out and had to get ready and they left only to have the same JWs knock on my door this morning at 10:30 which woke me up( doing a night shift job as well as day job so Saturday is sleep in day, hubby watches kids) what made this situation worse was l got home from work last/morning at 1:30am only to have the neighbours having a party and they had doof doof music going until 6:30am, l finally went to sleep a bit after this and was then woken to them standing on my door and her telling me l didn't look well l explained and they were apologetic and left, l am furious that l am unable to go back to bed and l just think these JWs need to just leave others alone. I am thinking maybe l should get their address and get some of my friends who love a drink go around to their house on night after having a few drinks and ask if they want to come join their drinking religion bet you they would not apprieciate being woken up. And before some one writes anyone could have knocked on my door all family and friends know l have a busy week and Saturday is my sleep in and don't come round till after lunch. So to all JWs l am putting a sign on my house which l hate doing and if you knock am going to call the police as l have had enough. I think this hub is brilliant and have enjoyed reading all of the funny comments.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks Rachelle, I am delighted you liked this and it made you laugh :)

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    Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    This one made me laugh out loud! Great Hub.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for the interesting comment Jona, now there's a thought :)

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    Jona 5 years ago

    The 1st pic will not stop JW from knocking on your door.

    JW got rid of the cross around 1920's when they thought the cross is a sex-symbol.

    Now they believe Jesus died on a pole.

    How this is believed to not be a sex-symbol is a mystery, as is the symbol of a (watch)tower on their assembly hall's and magazines.

    My suggestion is to change the cross to the sexy tower as shown on their official website :)

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    LOL, Rastamermaid, we so need an intercom to solve the problem :)

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    Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

    Very entertaining and quite some original tips.

    Glad I say in a condo with an intercom system,I may answer but I never make it to the door.

    Voted up!

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for the great compliments Seeker7, and I am so pleased you enjoyed this hub. Nice to know I made you laugh :)

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    LMAO! Haven't tried a few of these but will keep them in mind. We get hounded at times with the JW's and as you say it's never at a convenient time.

    We nick-name them 'the holy wullies'! Our village is a working-class, hard-drinking place so we are typical fodder for these bible thumpers and they do believe that everyone in my village needs to be 'saved'!!! Basically I just hide - I always have a sneak look anyway to see who's at the door and if I think they are in anyway 'iffy' I just ignore them - but you can spot the JW's a mile away! My Gran never had any bother with them, she used to make sure she openend her door wide enough so that they could see her photo of the pope hanging on the wall - that was enough to get them on their way. Great hub - I'm still laughing!!

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    LOL Jim, why on earth did she give them her name??? That is asking for repeat visits!

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    jim10 6 years ago from ma

    I should show this to my wife. They show up at least once a month and know her by name. They are a very persistent bunch.

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    “When I knock on your door it’s to preach, but I don’t tell you that, because no one likes to be preached to. When we preach to some, they eschew our message possibly because they are not spiritually inclined. To see if we are sincere, they try, but they cannot read our minds, no one can do that except Jehovah. For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of man that is in him?

    Why do you become annoyed, is it be cause it’s not worth the effort and so you dismiss me? As a physical man/woman you cannot get to know what I am trying to get across. What I espouse is examined spiritually. You can’t get to know of it—this is of no interest to you because it sounds like foolishness. The idiocy of it these things I speak, not with words taught by human wisdom, but with those taught by the spirit, as I combine spiritual matters with spiritual words. (1 Co 2:11-16)

    It’s like the weeds that come up that I planted with vegetables, but instead I get crab grass. It’s not what I practice with careful cultivation and daily weeding, but still weeds blossom forth. I’m one of those who are planted in the house of Jehovah, in the courtyards of our God, nutrients are what I want from the vegetables, and bouquets for my table—they—the ones who respond with interest when I knock and ring—they will blossom forth. They will still keep on thriving during gray-headedness. My face will resemble the zucchini—fat and fresh—to tell it is Jehovah who makes it grow.

    (Ps 92:7-15)

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    Anath 6 years ago

    Really good! It also works to open the door dressed in skimpy latex with a leather whipp on your hand, lol

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    That is a great story Rochelle, and I am so pleased your Mum berated them for such a tactic, and why not just leave the children to be what they are...children!! Thanks for sharing her experience.

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    I loved your comment Gordon, not least because Spitting Image was a fabulous programme that I think they should bring back with new puppets for today's politicians, royal family etc. Even the old ones are brilliant, but I never saw the Cliff Richard scene, and now I so wish I had LOL

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    Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

    My mom had a "family" come to her door. A small child recited a lengthy passage of scripture with all the correct pronunciations and inflections. My mom asked the child what a few of the words in the passage meant. He looked at the adults. She then scolded the the adults, telling them they should be ashamed for turning the child into a "trained parrot" who was too young to understand the meaning and significance of the words he spoke. They left.

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    Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    Very interesting and informative Hub and - Wow! - what a number of comments and suggestions. I believe I have an original one... ;)

    Do you remember the fabulous Spitting Image, the puppet show from the 80's and 90's? There was one sketch where two Jehovah's Witnesses were seen to knock on a door - which was answered by Cliff Richard! He said, "Hey, come on in guys - we'll talk about God!" They backed off with their hands up, saying they were in a hurry, another time Cliff, thanks anyway, etc. Nothing against Sir Cliff but I thought that was hilarious.

    What I would do now, therefore, is say, "Hey, guys - come on in! I'll put on my Cliff Richard LP's and we'll talk about God!"

    OK, maybe not - but it was a funny sketch! =)

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks Husky1970, LOL at the very thought of "the utilization of multilingual discipiles roaming your neighborhood"

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    Husky1970 6 years ago

    So, so true. Tolerance of other people's religious beliefs doesn't include allowing them to impose their beliefs on you or preach to you. I laughed out loud while reading your hub because I could clearly relate to the avoidance tactics. "Hide and pretend no one is home" is utilized fairly regularly and universally. Love beth100's no speak English approach. But that could lead to the utilization of multilingual discipiles roaming your neighborhood. Awesome hub. Voted up and funny.

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Great tale Beth100, good luck with the goat idea for next time and thanks for commenting :)

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks Sandy, we rarely get them here either, or else I am genuinely 'out' when they have visited. glad you got a laugh out of this :)

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    Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

    LMAO!!! I am a supporter of "each to their own faith" but don't force it upon others.... I, being of visible minority, answered my door one day to be faced with two "visitors". They went on and on, I simply nodded and nodded. When they finally asked me for an answer, I said "Me no speakie English" and closed the door. They never came back. :) Thanks for the laughs this morning, and perhaps I'll try the goat one next time. :D

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    Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    I haven't had a Jehovah Witness at my door in a long time. Now this isn't an invitation to visit me!!!

    I laughed all the way through this. Your tips and photos are a riot.

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Hi Slobeachboy, thanks for your two lovely comments. I laughed at the first one, and was very impressed by the knowledge you exhibited in the second one. I also remember reading that the Bible was not actually written down until hundreds of years after the events apparently took place, and therefore not by the people it quotes from. This also leaves room for further errors as stories always distort over time, and that sure is 'some time'! Throw that into the mix with the manipulations and mistranslations, plus the fact that strangely a large amount of other religious icons/deities seem to have shared loads of the same life events, e.g. being born of a virgin, rising from the dead, being crucified etc (see my Hub on https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Christs-L... ), then I begin to wonder how much of what we read in the Bible we can trust to be accurate at all.

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    slobeachboy 6 years ago

    By the way Misty you are absolutely correct when you say the Bible has been altered over the years. In fact things have been taken out and or altered so many times that we cannot be sure what was originally in it. And of course it was a group of ordinary men who decided which books to include in the Bible in the first place and which ones to leave out. Not only that but some of the early Sumerian text that were precursors to the stories that eventually ended up in parts of the Old Testament were incorrectly translated. And of course we all know that different versions of some of the same stories used in the Bible are also used in the Koran. Anyway don’t let any of these naysayers give you a hard time.

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    slobeachboy 6 years ago

    I remember a few years ago I heard a comedian talking about this very subject. He said he just smiles, invites them in, and says “ Have you heard about Scientology” at which point they would run for the door. Short of doing this I think your idea about going to the door naked is probably the best approach though, assuming you have the nerve to pull it off of course. By the way, I am not anti-scientology or anything, in fact I think it’s a very useful science to know, but a good joke is a good joke.

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    Larry Fields 6 years ago from Northern California

    Hi Jerry,

    I stand corrected. I should have used "spiel" rather than "sales pitch."

    Cheers,

    Larry

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    No worries Jerry, intelligent and non-aggressive interaction is good for everyone. Signing out now, (shattered after hours on my allotment planting beans, weeding, transplanting onions etc). Peace!

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    Your references are appreciated, King James did take liberties, mainly to support the trinity doctrine, and to delete God’s name from the entire translation. In the original Hebrew, and Greek, God’s name appears more than seven thousand times, but in the King James only about three.

    The Catholic Douay version deletes Psalm 83:18 where God’s name is found, but in their translation, they delete the verses entirely from verse 12 where Psalm 83 ends.

    The American Standard Bible on the other hand uses God’s name on every page, so it’s a good translation. I use the New World Translation, that was released in 1963. That’s the one I use to make my scriptural quotes from.

    We are aware of these mistranslations and manipulations, plus you are very sharp, I commend you for your carefully examining the scriptures daily to see whether these things are so.

    Best wishes, and thanks, I mean it! Jerry Gehen

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Hi Jerry,

    Thanks again for your input, and whilst I would like to spend hours trawling the Internet and the libraries in order to find you the evidence of the mistranslations and manipulations (I didn't actually use the word misinterpretations, as you quoted), I simply do not have the time right now. I am up to my neck in juggling Hubs around following the numerous changes in rules here at Hubpages and on Adsense, plus I am moving various Hubs to other sites as a result. Additionally I have a 200 foot long vegetable allotment that is gradually vanishing under a bed of weeds and is urgently demanding I sort it out. I generally avoid getting involved in religious debates purely because they get so heated, and neither side is ever willing to concede any ground, this is why you never see me on the religious forums here.I am happy being a Pagan, I love nature and the environment and believe God is in everything around us. I don't need a dusty old book to tell me that!

    There are plenty of books, websites etc out there that will explain how parts of the Bible were deliberately changed/manipulated to suit the Kings/politicians of the day, (King James being one of the worst offenders by all accounts who appeared to prefer his own version of what the Bible should say, so simply changed the bits he wanted to). Many mistranslations were as a result of there simply not being a direct translation possible, so a second guess had to be made to find a similar word, (which was not always successful). I seems to recall that one such quote was 'Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live' which ended up being printed as 'Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live', two completely different meanings from just one word change.

    Anyway, I have been shown loads more examples of these over my years on the planet, so I highly recommend you try a brief Google search which will surely produce the answers to the questions you asked me.

    Just out of interest though, obviously you quoted me as having an opinion and said I should provide references, but obviously you too have an opinion, one which believes that the Bible is totally accurate, so I could turn the whole question around and ask for your evidence that it is, and that it isn't full of the mistranslations and manipulations I believe that it is! Obviously you would not be providing evidence if you use Bible quotes to achieve this because they themselves could be mistranslations, manipulations or even just genuine transcript errors that happened when the book was written down. To provide evidence the Bible is accurate would naturally require an external source therefore.

    Thanks again for your input, but I am off to begin tackling the jungle that has my veggies growing underneath it now LOL

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    Dear Larry Fields:

    My message is free, the literature is free, and I am not soliciting, because You do not need to give me anything. Your time is money, my time is free, and I give it free.

    I might politely scan your sign, but soon walk away, but I don’t have a business card to leave.

    Thanks for taking your valuable time to write to me. Regards: Jerry

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    Oops, you voiced an opinion. Any good writer who gives an opinion needs to be ready to provide references. Where are your references? Prove what you say with valid references of when, where, what mistranslations, misinterpretations.

    You did offer two truths—good show mistyhorizon2003!

    1. Jesus did not do Bible writing, No but his words are quoted by Mathew, John, Mark, Paul, Peter, James and Luke to name a few.

    2. The Bible was written by men. Forty of them, and Moses was the first, Ezra, Nehemiah, David, Isaiah, to name another few. They wrote God’s thoughts, and not their own.

    (2 Peter 1:20-21) No prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. Prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit.

    3. The Bible is alive and exerts power. (Hebrews 4:12) Look at what it did to you, Misty! You voiced an opinion, although no references are offered, and you are right, it is your choice to listen or not. God is telling you that he is never going to force-feed anything to anyone. The decision is yours to make.

    Like Joshua said:

    “Now if it is bad in your eyes to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom YOU will serve. But as for me and my household, we shall serve Jehovah.” (Joshua 24:15)

    Best wishes: Jerry.

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Great input Larry, I have to say I do not believe in the apparent 'urgency' of the situation as far as the JW's are concerned, therefore feel it is my choice to decide whether to contact them or not. I certainly have no intentions of reading any Bible references, as the Bible (in my opinion), is merely a compilation of mistranslations, manipulations and was actually written by men, not by Jesus (or anyone else God-like). Spent too much time being force-fed all that stuff when I was at convent schools LOL.

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    Larry Fields 6 years ago from Northern California

    Hypothetical situation. I put a sign on my door, which reads as follows:

    Attention religious proselytizers! I am a professional Polite Listener. By knocking on my door or ringing my doorbell, you agree to leave your business card, and to pay me 1000 US$--in cash--for each interruption of my daily routine. And for that fee, I will listen politely to your sales pitch for up to 60 seconds, which I will measure on my stopwatch.

    Jghn, in that situation, I'm assuming that you would take one of the two honorable courses of action. Just out of idle curiosity, would you feel duty-bound to knock and to accept the financial consequences of your actions? Or would you choose to leave me alone?

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thank you for your comments too John.

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    I consider it urgent, an emergency, but many do not share that view. I’m sorry I awakened you, but we will no be doing it much longer.

    Yep! There’s an end to it. That’s what makes it so urgent, and you may come looking for us, because churches have not recounted it to people that God has sent us to preach this good news of the kingdom everywhere. Please, read Matthew 24:14.

    Our preaching will end when God says it’s enough, and then the end will come. When will the end come, I’m sorry no one knows the day and the hour, but God knows.

    Thanks for the feedback, I really apreciate your comments,

    Regards: jghn

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Trouble is 'lookseenow' that you are also assuming people all work and sleep 'normal' hours. I for one am asleep until about 2.00pm most afternoons, and unfortunately I am also one of those people who struggles to get back to sleep once awoken. This means even if the knock on the door awakens me, but I choose not to answer the door, I might still waste another 2 hours trying to get back to sleep. The other problem is that some people worry that a knock on the door, (much like a ringing telephone), could be important, or an emergency, therefore they feel compelled to answer it. Imagine how annoying it is to then find it was not an emergency, and you have been disturbed for nothing! Really, the leaflet through the letterbox approach is the best option if you really want to 'spread your message'.

    No offence intended, seriously :)

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    I won't come at 0500, I promise. I don't get up that early anyway. If you're taking a bath, I do not know that, but after a ring, and a knock, I give up.

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thanks for your feedback lookseenow, but how can we say 'not interested' if we are in the bath or asleep when you call? It seems unfair to expect us to remove ourselves from either our bath or our slumber in order to tell you we are 'not interested'. I have a much better idea. If we are interested to find out more we will seek you out. Just post a business card or leaflet through our letterbox. Easy :)

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    www.lookseenow 6 years ago

    Wow!I counted about 60 comments on one subject: how to get rid of J W’s. The home but hiding one is the most common, I see them ducking around the corner. What an array of degrading a work that Jesus started—preaching from house-to-house—city-to-city.

    I’m surprised, though that none of you has gotten the message yet. The best way to get rid of J W’s is to simply say:

    “I’m not interested.”

    That’s all it takes, and I’ll simply walk away.

    Respectfully: jghn

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Thank you 'the sailor' this was a very noble gesture on your part. I am sure your Captain appreciated it :)

    Hi Larry, love this idea too, another great suggestion. Thanks :)

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    Larry Fields 6 years ago from Northern California

    This idea is not original with me, but it's worth mentioning for the sake of completeness. Keep a small Baggie filled with dried parsley near the front door. When you answer the door, hold the Baggie in one hand. If the people knocking on your door are JWs, ask if they'd like to come in and smoke a reefer with you.

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    thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

    I had this incident on board ship when my master (Filipino captain) summoned me to welcome a couple of JWs. I was still cooking for lunch at the ship's galley and I said, if they want to linger for some time, just wait for me while I sit the table at the mess hall. Truly, they stayed a little longer.

    You know how busy we are during our loading and discharging operation on board ship. Only the crew managing the galley can really talk to them.

    When asked where the captain is, I said without batting my eyes, "He's sleeping!"

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    Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    LOL Deni, what a great answer he gave, all credit to him for originality :)