Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings. It even immunizes them against fear, if they honestly believe that a martyr's death will send them straight to heaven.
I'll get straight to the point. My wife is Agnostic, I'm Atheist and we never argue, and I don't intend to argue with her or the side of her family that are Jehovah Witness. She used to be a JW, as did her brother and mother, until something just 'clicked' and they wanted begin celebrating birthdays, rational discussion and scientific discovery.
Some of the family remain JW. Some of them have cut all ties to the 'nonbelievers' and this brings me to my opening sentence.
Now folks, FAMILY is a big thing, even 'down under' where I'm from. What I don't understand is how can they do that their own blood - on faith, on something they have no guarantee over? If it turns out they are wrong (and hey, they failed to predict Armageddon over ten times 1875, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, and 1975 etc) then do they care/fathom what this looks like to the rest of the world?
Just as Scientologists cut out none 'clear' members, so have have the JW.
But then, there is one or two who do talk to us - how? Are they following the same rules? Do they have double standards I'm unaware of?
It's a silly, silly thing.
Thoughts? Opinions welcome, thats why I'm here... esp if any JW can offer their two bobs.