Double Standards Everywhere
You can’t pick and choose what you want to follow from your “holy book“. I am not debating religions and I’m not siding with any religion. I’m just tired of people trying to use their “holy book” to make it seem as though they live by the word of their God and therefore if somebody does something in which their book doesn’t agree, they start throwing tantrums but in the meantime, they’re not following parts of the book themselves. There shouldn’t be double standards.
A LOT of people like to point out other peoples wrongdoings and say they’re going against the [insert holy book name here] and they should be punished or they don’t have certain laws because “the USA is built on the 10 Commandments and if you go against them you’re evil and un-American.” (I just shake my head and roll my eyes.)
BUT the problem is – people pick and choose what they want to follow from their holy book – here are the list of the 10 Commandments – Do you think everybody is following every single one of those items to a ’T’? You better believe they’re not. Double standards.
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
This list is called “Confirmation in the Quran” and it’s just like the 10 commandments but geared towards Islam:
- There is no God except one God (47:19)
- There is nothing whatsoever like unto Him (42:11)
- Make not God’s name an excuse to your oaths (2:224)
- Be kind to your parents if one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not
- a word of contempt nor repel them but address them in terms of honor. (17:23)
- As for the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands, but those who repent
- After a crime and reform shall be forgiven by God for God is forgiving and kind. (5:38 – 39)
- They invoke a curse of God if they lie. (24:7) Hide not the testimony (2:283)
- If anyone has killed one person it is as if he had killed the whole mankind (5:32)
- Do not come near adultery. It is an indecent deed and a way for other evils. (17:32)
- Do good to your parents, relatives and neighbors. (4:36) Saying of the Prophet
- Muhammad (P) “One of the greatest sins is to have illicit sex with your neighbors wife”.
- When the call for the Friday Prayer is made, hasten to the remembrance of God
- and leave off your business. (62:9)
1. God is not a Trinity; the doctrine is inspired by the Devil
2. Jesus Christ is a “created being,” who at one time did not exist
3. Jesus is not to be worshiped or prayed to-he is only an angel (a.k.a. Michael the archangel)
4. The Holy Spirit is not a person but is “God’s active force” i.e. gravity, electricity etc.
5. Heaven is hope only for select Jehovah’s Witnesses. The majority of JWs hope to live on “paradise earth”
6. Heaven is limited only to 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses.There are only 9,105 alive today (2006 figures)
7. Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only “true Christians.” All churches and denominations are considered “false religion”
8. There is no Hell or eternal judgment (“Hell” is simply the grave)
9. There is no life after death except for the 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses
10. Salvation is earned only by being a loyal Jehovah’s Witness
11. Jesus second coming happened invisibly and secretly in 1914
12. The “first resurrection” occurred in 1918
13. Jesus did not rise from the dead bodily but as a spirit being
14. Jesus was equal to Adam (just a man)
15. Jesus could have sinned and failed in his mission
16. Jesus was not born the savior but became the savior at his baptism
17. God is not omnipresent
18. God is not omniscient
19. JWs are not sure of their salvation
20. All earthly governments are controlled by the Devil
21. The Holy Spirit is only available to select Jehovah’s Witnesses
22. They are forbidden to serve in the military
23. They are forbidden to buy Girl Scout cookies
30. They are forbidden to celebrate any holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
31. They are forbidden to celebrate their birthday
32. They are forbidden to run for or hold a political office
33. They are forbidden to vote in any political campaign
34. They are forbidden to serve on a jury
35. They are forbidden to own or wear a cross
36. They are forbidden to speak to former members who are shunned (disfellowshipped)
37. They are forbidden to accept Christmas gifts
38. They are forbidden to purchase Christian products (books, music, plaques, pictures etc.)
39. They are forbidden to read Christian literature
40. They are forbidden to have friends who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses
41. They are forbidden to marry a non-Jehovah’s Witness
42. They are forbidden to salute the flag, stand for the national anthem, or own a flag
43. They are forbidden to say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.
44. They are forbidden to have a tattoo
45. They are forbidden to use pet foods made with blood or blood products
46. They are forbidden to donate blood or their organs
47. They are forbidden to read any anti-Jehovah’s Witness material
48. They are forbidden to interpret the Bible without Watchtower literature to explain it
49. They are forbidden to wear any Christian jewelry
50. They are forbidden to support their country and be patriotic
51. They are forbidden to be involved in martial arts, boxing or wrestling
52. They are forbidden to join any clubs or sports teams
53. They are forbidden to participate in a school play
54. They are forbidden to use any tobacco products
55. They are forbidden to attend the funeral of an ex-Jehovah’s Witness
56. They are forbidden to say “good luck”
57. They are forbidden to be a police officer
58. Women are forbidden pray in the presence of men without a hat or head covering
59. They are forbidden to play chess
60. They are forbidden to wear jade jewelry
61. They must not own wind-chimes (they are for chasing away evil spirits)
62. They must read and study Watchtower literature regularly
63. They must go from door to door weekly to gain converts
64. They must attend five meetings per week
65. Only officially approved sexual practices are allowed in marriage
66. Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls have no windows
67. If they witness another Jehovah’s Witness breaking the rules they must report them to the elders to be interrogated
68. They are forbidden to take a blood transfusion
69. Men are forbidden wear beards
70. The Watchtower organization is God’s prophet on earth today
71. Women must submit to the authority of Watchtower elders
72. They must forgo vacations to attend annual conventions
73. They must study Watchtower books at least six months before they can be baptized
74. Before baptism, one must answer over 80 Bible questions with Scripture references in front of a panel of elders
75. Most of The Book of Revelation applies to the Jehovah’s Witnesses
76. They cannot celebrate Mothers or Fathers day (it may produce pride)
77. Kingdom Halls cannot have pews for seating
78. They must appear before a Judicial Committee if they are caught breaking Watchtower rules (Secret files are kept on all members which record these meetings-these files are kept in New York and are never destroyed)
79. All pastors are the “Antichrist”
80. All churches are of Satan
81. God only speaks through the “Governing Body” in Brooklyn, New York
82. They are discouraged from attending college
83. The Lord’s supper is only to be eaten by select Jehovah’s Witnesses (144,000 group-99.99% of Jehovah’s Witnesses are forbidden from taking the Lord’s supper)
84. The Lord’s supper can only be celebrated annually
85. JWs in times of crisis, are strongly discouraged from consulting with family counselors, including mental health professionals who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses
86. Only faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses will survive Armageddon
87. If they have a non-Witness spouse their first loyalty is to the elders over their spouse
88. Angels direct the Watchtower organization
89. Judgment day is 1000 years long
90. If you leave Jehovah’s Witnesses or are expelled from the organization you will not be resurrected
91. Only Jehovah’s Witness prayers are heard by God
92. Man’s salvation is secondary in God’s plan; Jesus was sent to “vindicate Jehovah’s name”
93. God will destroy all non-Jehovah’s Witnesses at Armageddon
94. They are strongly discouraged from giving to charity (except Watchtower causes)
95. They must never enter a church building
96. They must never attend a church service
97. They are discouraged from buying a two door car-A “Theocratic” or “spiritually strong” Jehovah’s Witness will have a full size car for the door to door work
98. Men must wear short hair
99. They must refer to all Jehovah’s Witnesses as “brother” or “sister”
100. They can never question what is printed in Watchtower literature
10l. They must report their witnessing activity to the elders
As of August 2015, Jehovah’s Witnesses report an average membership of approximately 7.98 million actively involved in preaching, with a peak of 8.2 million.
Which ones are you breaking? Statistically, there is at least one of them on there that you’re not following – so if you’re not following one of them, then you’re breaking the rules and you should not point at other people’s faults until you realize and correct your own.
Sure, you’ll have those very few people who do live 100% by the list but 99.99% of other people will fail at least one of them but they don’t care. They’re too worried about what others are doing and want to point out the mistakes of others and obviously ignore their own.
You see it all the time. “Don’t use the Lord’s name in vain” but yet, they’re cheating on their spouse… can we say double standards?
As for me, I live my life the way I want to live it. I try to be a good person 99.99% of the time, but I am human and I do and will make mistakes. But when I make those mistakes, I own up to it, I learn from it and then move on. Simple as that. I am on this rock for only a limited time and eventually my time will be up – I am only going to worry about what is happening today and not what’s going to happen when I die. If I’m going to be punished for doing something that I enjoy, so be it. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. I would never subject myself to those types of ‘rules’ because I know I am not perfect and I would not be able to follow all of those rules without breaking other ones. I am realistic. I would be kicked out on my first day.
If you do practice, I am not going to judge you one way or another unless you judge other people; you better make sure you’re following all of the rules yourself – you can’t pick and choose what suits your lifestyle. It doesn’t work like that.