Stephanie (artonic) wrote in ask_me_anything,

Religion

A few weeks ago while I was in hospital, I met a woman who is a Jehovah's Witness. Today, I got a visit from her and another couple basically telling me that I needed to join their faith because that was the ONLY way I would be able to overcome my illness. They were nice people and gave me best wishes and pity shit blah blah, but were considerably convinced that I was living the wrong life because I wasn't a part of their religion and were putting down the medical treatment I had originally told the woman I was getting. It got to the point where even though it was clear that I was not interested, they became almost overbearing, telling me that if I had lived life the correct way, the way only people of their faith do, then I would not accept medical treatment and let God cure me of this illness. I am sinning by accepting hospital treatment. I have just never had someone push something onto me so strongly and tell me I am wrong in the way I live. Granted it was in the nicest way possible, but still. It ended with them leaving a book and saying they wouldn't want to lose a good heart like mine to the world and becoming a Jehovah's Witness was the only way to not let that happen.

I just want to state that I'm not bashing anyone's faith. While I'm not religious, I find all faiths very fascinating, but just describe this from my point of view.

Have any of you had any interesting religious encounters? What is your faith? What were your thoughts on what happened?

Bonus: Based on your religious views, what would you tell someone who is ill?
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