November 7, 2010
Jehovah’s Witness are a religion that is very different from other mainstream religions. Jehovah’s Witness are not only a very reverent religion, but they also have many ideals that many people could never grow to accept. When speaking with my friend, Stacey Brown, she told me some information about her religion that, to be honest, was very surprising. I also learned interesting information about the Jehovah’s Witnesses place of worship, which they call a Kingdom Hall, which I was unaware of before this paper.
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Each potential convert must then make a personal promise to God to obey him. Each person has to take part in the door-to-door preaching of their beliefs and regularly attend the meetings. Following all of this, they are then asked a series of questions by the Elders of the community to make sure that the converts wanting into the religion understand and accept the beliefs of the Witnesses. The preceding is done when a person is preparing for baptism, a ritual consisting of the prospective convert totally immersed in water. Then the converts must make a public statement declaring their belief and dedication to God.
One thing that Stacey explained to me that is unlike many other religions that I have learned about or know about is “that people who drift away from proper behavior, such as drunkenness, stealing, or adultery are disfellowshipped” (S. N. Brown, personal communication, October 23, 2010). Disfellowship is a term that basically means that the congregation, including the person’s family, is not supposed to talk to him or her unless it is necessary (S. N. Brown, personal communication, October 23, 2010). They are still able to attend services and also to receive spiritual counseling from the elders of the religion. They do this in the hopes of returning to the faith someday. One of the main reasons behind the idea of disfellowship is to give the other followers a clear idea regarding “what will happen if they stray from the right path” (S. N. Brown, personal communication, October 23, 2010).
Following the disfellowship a person is then shunned within the congregation. The shunning is done to keep the community from associating with any person who may be a potential undesirable influence for anyone else. If a person does not shun a member who is in disfellowship that itself is an offensive act as well. The person in disfellowship is only communicated with outside of the congregation if he or she is an immediate family or a business associate. Even in a situation of a family or coworker, communication between any person and the disfellowshipped person is usually only allowed when necessary (S. N. Brown, personal communication, October 23, 2010).
S. N. Brown (personal communication, October 23, 2010) stated, if a member of the Jehovah’s community is found to be guilty of breaking any minor rule, such as that of associating with someone who is not a Jehovah’s Witness, that person can be marked. A mark will change the way the community interacts with this member, others from the community may only converse with that person when he or she is at the Kingdom Hall. This is similar to disfellowship but not nearly as serious an offense within the community.
The Kingdom hall is the name of the place of worship for people of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. Meetings usually take place three days a week typically, some open meetings, and some closed meetings with song and prayer. A typical meeting consists of Bible readings, Bible discussion as...