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Do Jehovah's Witnesses ever come to your house and talk to you? If so, Do you let them in?

 

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They don't come to where I live now. In fact, they rarely ever came to any of the places I've lived. They do come to my friends houses though. I have one friend that lets them in sometimes and discusses religion. I also have a friend that hides in his bedroom until he sees the vehicle pull out of the driveway. Him and I fear them for some reason. LOL.

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They used to come to my house, but after their repetitive visits with me, they stopped coming... I wonder why?

But even if they did come to my house, I'm probably liabe to punch them out before I let them in my house.
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We live in a rural area so we have not had any come to visit our house.

I don't understand why people are so angry at these people or opposed to them visiting their doorstep.

People always talk about freaking out at them, but why? For what reason? Are you really that insecure about your own beliefs that you need to become hostile or violent to people preaching something else? Just because you don't have the same religious beliefs as someone doesn't give you the right to be a complete a** towards them when they show up at your door. (Or course if THEY were the ones being hostile or rude of course I would shut them out, but I would try to be the bigger person and do it calmly.)

For these people, their beliefs are the genuine article and they think other people should follow them so they too can be "saved". They believe they are helping others spiritually. I do not believe in the same things as a Jehovah's Witness, but trying to help other people doesn't seem very rude to me. I would let them inside and talk with them. I know I would not be swayed by them, but I would still be able to listen and thank them for trying to help others on their path, although it may not be the same path as mine.
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Well ya a couple of times, they haven't been to this new house we have been in though. But a couple of others we usually wouldn't let them in. I might of answered the door a couple of times and took there little brosure but thats pretty much it. I mean I don't see no harm in talking to them, I really don't believe the same as them but I mean they are just people like everyone else trying to bring up closer to god.
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Annette : I'm with you on this. People freak out because they don't want to be bothered by something like religion.

Religion and politics are hotspots when debating with anyone.

We have a huge Mormon population here and they're always out and about. I'll talk with them if they stop by but I always say I'm not interested in converting. I have an eclectic religion that's a mix of eastern fatalism, hedonism, and asceticism.

The hedonism and asceticism dovetail nicely into a duality of me. The fatalism rounds it all out.
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warmaker : That is an eclectic mix that you have there. It looks like every decision with that set of beliefs would seem to contradict another third. Sounds almost like a Catch 22. Sounds like the purest form of life in a way. I think I do that to an extent. Thank you for informing me of such a "religion."

I think that the main problem that people have with Jehovah's Witnesses are the stubbornness. My professor is an expert in religion. He's a very intelligent and as far as I can tell a religious man himself, however, his logic follows that of a philosopher. That being said, he can never have a real religious talk with those people. They are dead set in their ways and won't take anything else for an answer. I don't like that very much. I can understand spreading the word, but when you close yourself to logic, then why should I bother listening to you if you won't listen to me?
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NotJon : then why should I bother listen to you if you won't listen to me?

I agree with that, 100% !


They've come to places I've lived and sometimes they give those brochures on the streets also. Where I live now, once a lady came (with a young kid with her), so I asked them to come in. We talked. Next time I didn't ask them to come in because there was no point. Now she hasn't been around for a while.
The only reason I asked them in was because of the child.
OK, so you're religious and want to raise your kid in the same way, I get that, actually (I'm FAR from being religious). But, as pointed out before, they can get very negative responses from people when they "preach around" and this kid will have a picture that most people are evil. There are a hell of a lot of idiots out there, true, yet just because some people can't bring themselves together to being nice sometimes (when dealing with religion, for example), it doesn't mean they are totally bad or whatever. And I do not know what they tell their kids, but from what I see, they'll have a nicely distorted view on humankind.


EDIT: and oh, they don't bother me really. just sometimes, they irritate me because they want to "save me", "turn me" - I don't like when things are being pushed on me.
If I ever turn to something, I'll do it on my own. I don't see why I should belong to a "community" to have a god or a meaning? when it's in me, it's there.
plus, like NotJon said - they don't listen.
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They come all the time cause my aunt lets them in to talk
But when she isn't home and i see them comming i turn everything off
and hide in a corner.
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I have had some bad experiences with JWs (my ex-fiance long ago came from a JW family... lets just say they gave the whole group a bad name). They have come by the house before, and I usually tell them thank you but I am not interested. One group would not let it drop and they decided to pray for me at the door before leaving... ironically this was in October and right before I was going to decorate the yard for Halloween, so twenty minutes later they saw me out in the front yard digging a fake grave while listening to Marilyn Manson on my stereo... they crossed the street rather than walk on the sidewalk past my house and did not come back for years. Personally, I found it amusing, but I didn't do it on purpose.

When my current fiance and I moved into our old apartment we just put up a sign saying no solicitors, we are set in our ways. I don't feel like wasting their time anymore than I want them to waste mine.
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I personally don't mind when they come by. They are just trying to teach people about their religion. I can't fault anyone for wanting to do that. Everyone thinks their religion is right or at least good so they want to give other people an opportunity to hear about it.


What I dislike is when I get multiple visits in a row because I wasn't mean at the door. I don't want to get angry at these people but just because i didn't slam the door in their faces doesn't mean I'm interested.... it just means I'm not that mean.
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Yes I have many encounters with Jehovah's Witness at my door. I tend to witness back to them.

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Yeah ..I  to listen to them sometimes but not always.....sometime am busy.....
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I live in an urban neighborhood, in like, not the "nicest area" but still not the worst part of town (east side), but no I have never seen them, the most is stuff or fliers in the mail.
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They come around to my house every now and then. Similar to what Geeogree said, I was nice to them at first so they started coming by a lot more often. Then I started to debate them and basically denounce their religion. Now they stop by less often and when they do its  just to hand out their booklet and leave.
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I never had any Jehovah's witnesses in my doorstep, but if they came by, I wouldn't mind them stopping by, so yeah i would let them in.
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I have and i politely listen to what they have to say, I have had an aggressive Jehovah who tried to force me to accept he was right, but i ended up winning are little argument about religion
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One has come to my house. I left that person there to see how many times they knocked. She wouldn't stop knocking for 5 minutes, so I politely told her to leave me alone.
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Annette : its because many of the jehovas witnesses that come to your door wont leave until you say your gonna convert.
you get angry ones that shout at you telling you their right and even the passive ones become passive agressive and want ntohing better then to have a long hard debate about religion, not just about their religion but everything until you convert.

 People dont like them because their ridiculously persitent, waste time going off topic talking about how all other religions are rubbish and their the best and tbh their like children wanting you to join they're group, even when you tell them nicley that your not intrested theyll even go as far to stick their foot in the door. When people disrespect your space and your views and they come to your house to convert you to their ideas in such a manner nobody's going to end up likign them that much.

I am only basing this on the jehovas we've had at our door and how all the people ive spoken to have undergone the same experiences with jehovas witnesses.
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they annoy me,if i came round there house preaching atheism all hell would break loose.at any rate i made my choice they should respect that.its when they say youre going to hell i get angry.
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I don't have many where I live. Some will come by once in a blue moon, but I never answer them. I'm kind of glad I don't. I hold up in a biblical discussion online ok, but I've rarely been tested by it when I'm in person. If I ever had to talk to some, than I'd probably witness to them depending on where the conversation went.
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