No, not at all. Although Witness parents are saddened when their kid refuses to become a Witness, they still love their child and do not end their connection only because of their child's rejection to become a Witness. Why do Jehovah's Witnesses bring their children to preach? Because they believe that the time has come for their child to receive an eternal life and they want to see if there is a will within their child to accept or reject this new opportunity.
As I mentioned before, bringing up children within the context of the Jehovah's Witness religion is very important for them. As long as they're young, their parents will teach them everything they need to know about God and how to live his way. When the kids reach puberty, their parents will try to get them interested in meeting some young people and maybe even dating one day. But unlike other religions where dating is considered sacred and necessary for everyone to find their true love, in Jehovah's Witness culture dating and relationships are seen as a distraction from what's most important in life. Their message to their kids is always the same: first take care of yourself, then help others, and only after that think about getting married.
So basically, Jehovah's Witnesses don't end relationships with their kids, they simply continue them outside of the context of marriage. Even though it may not be apparent at first glance, this practice of not ending relationships does have its downsides.
No, because God's worship is a personal choice. (See Romans 14:12). Jehovah's Witnesses educate their children Bible concepts, but when they are old enough, each youngster must decide for himself whether he will become a Jehovah's Witness. Rom. 12:2; Galatians 6:5. Jehovah's Witnesses, like any parents, desire the best for their children. They want what is best for their children both now and in the future.
However, if someone was to try to force their child into religion, this would be wrong. Religion should be your own decision, not forced on you by others.
Jehovah's Witnesses cannot force anyone to become a Jehovah's Witness. If someone wanted to stop being a Jehovah's Witness but didn't want to go against their family, this would be very difficult. Sometimes people who are unhappy with the direction their lives have taken leave their families to go live with other people who may have different ideas about religion or anything else for that matter. This is called "rebellion" and it is a sin. However, even though it is a sin, there are ways around this problem. For example, some churches will create separate classes or groups where those who want to continue being part of the community can do so without hurting their family relationships.
In conclusion, yes, a parent can influence their child into religion, however, this should be done in a way that gives the child freedom to make their own decisions later on.
Being a godparent is a legal, social, and relationship-based decision rather than a religious one. Jehovah's Witnesses can and have adopted children from places such as Sri Lanka in the past, and this, to me, comes into the same category of voluntary familial ties.
Furthermore, while JW theology does view Jesus Christ as the only way to God, they do believe in salvation through other means. For example, someone who was very good but not perfect would be able to obtain salvation by simply acting like they believed and were followng Jehovah's rules. This would include adopting or having children within the religion. Someone who is not willing to go that far could still be saved by a faithful Witness who lived a clean life but was not baptized.
As for myself, I think it's an amazing thing to do if you are able to give the responsibility, and I hope anyone reading this would consider adopting or being a godparent if appropriate in their state or country.
Even those who are not Jehovah's Witnesses and attend other faiths might benefit from marrying someone who shares their religion. It is simply one of many compatibility factors to consider while looking for a match.
Jehovah's Witnesses will say no, that their religion forbids it. But they also believe that the Bible is the word of God and thus can't be interpreted as allowing marriage. Instead, they claim that Jesus Christ is the only person who can save people's souls and give them life after death. They believe this because Jesus said so in the Bible: "He that liveth and believeth in me shall never die". (John 11:26).
In conclusion, yes, you can marry someone who isn't a Jehovah's Witness.
They restrict communication with those who are not Jehovah's Witnesses. Close ties with others who do not share the religion are discouraged for followers. JWs are discouraged from joining clubs or teams outside of the church and from seeking further education. However, some churches will allow JW members to participate in their activities on a non-leadership role.
JWs believe that humans are responsible for their actions and therefore can't be forgiven by God. They also refuse to salute civil flags or honor those who have not accepted their faith. Finally, they reject medical care as unnecessary since they believe that there is no need for most medications or surgeries.
However, unlike other religious groups who tend to exclude themselves from worldly affairs, JWs are expected to act like everyone else. In fact, acting like everyone else is one of the main tenets of the religion. This means that they should attend school and work during working hours, get in touch with neighbors if the doorbell rings, etc. If someone refuses to interact with a JW, then this person can only be reached through a representative of the organization.
In conclusion, yes, Jehovah's Witnesses can have friends outside of their religion as long as they act like everyone else.
You can question Jehovah's witnesses. Just as a salesperson carefully prepares his or her offer to appeal to individuals he or she is attempting to persuade to buy a product, a Christian must carefully package his or her message to appeal to the Jehovah's Witnesses he or she is attempting to reach.
No, because God's worship is a personal choice. (See Romans 14:12). Jehovah's Witnesses educate their children Bible concepts, but when they are old enough, each youngster must decide for himself whether he will become a Jehovah's Witness. Rom. 12:2; Galatians 6:5. Jehovah's Witnesses, like any parents, desire the best for their children.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that God the Father (also known as Jehovah) is the "one and only real God." Jesus Christ is his eldest son, is less powerful than God, and was made by God. The Holy Spirit is not a person; rather, it is the active energy of God. It is this spirit that lives in humans and gives them reason to hope for salvation.
Jehovah's Witnesses also believe that heaven exists today and will one day be a reality. They call this future world state "the Kingdom of God." In the kingdom, there will be no sin, death, or suffering, because Jesus Christ has already defeated these things with his blood.
The kingdom isn't just some ideal world where everyone goes to paradise after they die. No, the kingdom will actually come upon the earth, starting with the faithful followers of Jesus Christ. During this time, violence will cease, crime will disappear, and love will reign supreme. All people will share equal rights, and there will be no discrimination based on race, gender, or religion.
In the end, everyone will be judged on their actions while they were alive, and those who have lived good lives will be given eternal life in the kingdom of god. Those who have not will be destroyed forever.
Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. People can be born into the kingdom through his son, Jesus Christ.