Okay, I got a few corrections from viewers on my blog, Releasing Religion, about my lack of knowledge on Jehovah's Witness. Here is the most recent comment I got:
"You are completely missing the point. You say you are well read but its quite obvious that you are speaking from complete ignorance. JW's DO NOT believe anyone is going to Hell. They believe that anyone excersising faith in God and his son has a chance for eternal life here on earth in perfect conditions like that was described in Genesis before Adam and Eve gave in to there own desire for power. Maybe if you took a little longer then a few seconds to actually read the pamphlet before throwing it in the recycling bin then you wouldnt look so foolish as you do now. Furthermore I agree with you in one thing. Anyone who believes that God would step into save one child and "will" others to die is just as foolish as your blog makes you look. You will never find a True JW ever saying that it was Gods will for any calamity that befalls any of us. Do me a favor the next time you see the publication "Why does God permit suffering?" take a second to read it. You still might not agree with it, and that is your God given right to do so, but at least your next blog will have a little shred of credibility." - Phillip
Fair enough. So who are these JW's and what are they all about? Have any of you ever talked to one that came to your house?
My uncle is a JW, and the only religious person in my family I can have rational conversations with. Besides the fact that he keeps asking me when am I gonna go to a meeting, which I just respond with "not sure" or something, he is far less threatening than christians can be. Once, we agreed on the fact that, given there were a god, ascribing a gender or color to it doesn't make sense. He may have just been pretending to agree with me to get me to go to a meeting though.
One thing I do like about JWs is the fact that they educate their followers (at least my Uncle's sect does) about some common misconceptions in the bible. For instance, going back to the hell issue, christians think of hell as a physical place, whereas JWs seem to interpret it as a state of mind.