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Old 01-16-2013, 07:56 PM
 
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I work with a lady who is a "witness". She is very nice, funny and friendly. We have some great talks about life and stuff.

She has asked me if I want to study the bible with her. I am Christian, and have nothing against Witnesses or any other religion or belief.

I do want to read the bible more and learn about it, so I wouldn't mind studying it with someone who is knowledgable about it.

My only reservation is what are her expectations. I've told her I don't want to leave my religion and be a JW. She said that's fine.

Now before anyone thinks I am being prejudice, please know that I have never met a JW or talked to one (to my knowledge). I always knew them as the people that come to the door.

So my real question is, does she really understand that I only want to study the bible but that I will not be converting?

I still haven't said yes b/c I dont' want to get into an awkward situation.

Any advice?
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I don't believe there are very many (if any) Jehovah's Witnesses who post here regularly. However, I would say that there are very few Christians (whether they be Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Mormon, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventist, etc.) who would want to "study the Bible" with you with no expectation of influencing you to convert to their particular denomination of Christianity. That doesn't mean you have to do so. I'd say, sure, go ahead and study with her. If you don't want to convert, don't convert. You will have been honest upfront and will have no reason to apologize for declining her invitation to join her Church should she ever suggest you do so.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:18 AM
 
Location: In the ♥ of the DIXIE!
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I work with a lady who is a "witness". She is very nice, funny and friendly. We have some great talks about life and stuff.

She has asked me if I want to study the bible with her. I am Christian, and have nothing against Witnesses or any other religion or belief.

I do want to read the bible more and learn about it, so I wouldn't mind studying it with someone who is knowledgable about it.

My only reservation is what are her expectations. I've told her I don't want to leave my religion and be a JW. She said that's fine.

Now before anyone thinks I am being prejudice, please know that I have never met a JW or talked to one (to my knowledge). I always knew them as the people that come to the door.

So my real question is, does she really understand that I only want to study the bible but that I will not be converting?

I still haven't said yes b/c I dont' want to get into an awkward situation.

Any advice?
JW's use "bible" study as a method of trying to get converts. They are taught to do that from a young age. I had a JW young lady work for me once who was very active in "bible" study when she was in her teen's. I cannot say for sure this is your co-workers plan but since it is such a major part of what they are required to do and report back on I would almost be willing to bet money that this is her intentions. There are many religions who teach their members to be-friend people and get them into "bible" studies or have other members of their religion come and teach them. It's an effective recruiting method.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:28 AM
 
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That's what I was afraid of. I don't want to get into a situation where my job is in jeopardy either.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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That's what I was afraid of. I don't want to get into a situation where my job is in jeopardy either.
Be careful. The scripture twisting the JW's use is subtle. If you don't know your Bible pretty well, and don't know what they teach, you may get duped. I was for a time. As a new Christian I lived with a guy that was studying with the JWs.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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why not just study at work? during lunchtime? Opening your home is initmate. The JW, like everyone else, are correct in some areas, and confused in others.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: In the ♥ of the DIXIE!
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why not just study at work? during lunchtime? Opening your home is initmate. The JW, like everyone else, are correct in some areas, and confused in others.
Everybody but me!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Everybody but me!
oops my bad, i forgot about you.

Ham it up looks in the mirror and states. " everybody is wrong, but me" as he winks at himself.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: In the ♥ of the DIXIE!
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oops my bad, i forgot about you.

Ham it up looks in the mirror and states. " everybody is wrong, but me" as he winks at himself.
Somebody has to confirm my rightness!

Actually everybody is right who agrees with me!! Let's look at the positive side of this.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: arizona ... most of the time
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So my real question is, does she really understand that I only want to study the bible but that I will not be converting?

I still haven't said yes b/c I dont' want to get into an awkward situation.

Any advice?
No, she really doesn't understand.
A prowling lion doesn't have it's victim's spiritual interest at heart.
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