Friends Youth Group is ticking me off!!

I have recently started going to my friends church for youth group on wednesday. I've been going off and on for about 3 months now. More recently I've been going every week cuz I've been grounded and that's the only privelage I have. But last wednesday they told me that I shouldn't hang out with my jahovas (I think that's how you spell it) witness friend AT ALL anymore because he'll ruin my christianity. I've never been religous, I'm not a christian and I'm really only going to be with her and eat the yummy food. So now when I bring up my other friend the leader people act like I've just brought the devil into the room and kissed him. So it's really ticking me off that they're trying to control who are my friends. Someone please tell me how to express my ferlings about this to them politely! Thanks!!

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13 replies since 22nd February 2011 • Last reply 22nd February 2011

they are Jehovah witness? or her is? a bit confused oh who is who.

just tell them how you feel, that he is your friend and that you want to hang out with the both of them. And if they say no, many reconsider hanging out with them

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So a Christian youth group is telling you that you can't have friends with other religions? So typical of them (speaking from experience).

Tell them Jesus was Jewish and friends with all sorts of people and that it isn't for you or for them to judge. Also tell them that your friendship with this other person has nothing to do with their religion but with the person that they are. Further express to them that their un-charitable behavior makes you want to not be a Christian if being a Christian means passing judgment on others on base things or if it means thinking you are self-righteous.

I am actually very disgusted with this sort of behavior that is often seen in evangelical Christians. I grew up with it and it completely turned me away from religion when I was around 12 years old. My father is of Jewish heritage and if anyone told me I couldn’t associate with that religion or light candles or observe Jewish holidays I’d probably kick them in the shins. Some of my closest friends are Muslim and my best friend is considering converting to Catholicism. I also have a lot of friends who are agnostic or atheist and wiccan and a brother-in-law who is Buddhist (and I have to admit, I really love Buddhism- it’s a beautiful religion). These people matter way too much to me for me to care what religion they are and you should tell these youth group ministers that they are not practicing what they teach.

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That's ridiculous. They should not be telling who you can be friends with. You should just tell them that it is none of their business who your friends are because he is not hurting them or you in anyway. And I would just not talk about him if you could.

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Before there were so many religions, everyone got along.
All Christian branches are the young cousin of Judaism, so there's not one branch that's better than any other or worse than any other.

I've studied religion extensively for several years, and I just don't get why people need to have HOLIER THAN THOU battles with each other when they're all worshiping the same exact deity.

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Tell them that only God has the right to judge. That usually shuts people up really quick. It's our place to accept others despite differences. Whatever happened to "love they neighbor"? Say those things. I did to my mom and she didn't have anything else to say.

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I somewhat agree with everyone. The bible teaches us that Jesus' entire message was about love. We are to love others UNCONDITIONALLY. We are supposed to love people regardless of their religion (or anything else!) If anything, they should be encouraging you to bring your Jehovah's witness friend to youth group in an attempt to convert her, or at least tell her about christianity.

*I've stand corrected! You'd think that they'd be attempting to tell her about their particular SECT of christianity.

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Jehovah witness are christains.

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You're all really helpful. And on yours Lydia P. that reminds me of something they invited Jewish people over for a nice chat and QandA session but whenever I bring him up they're like oh other religions are wrong and he'll spoil your christiantity by telling you that Jesus hasn't been born yet. It really makes me mad when they do that

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lol Jews will tell you the same thing! Although Jews aren't small-minded enough to assume that the Messiah's name will be Jesus.

But since its apparent you are talking to small-minded people already, I wouldn't tell them that- it'd probably just confuse them.

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Noone can spoil your christianity but yourself! Christianity (in my opinon) should be about your relationship with God, not with other people. I agree with PinkWeeds, this youth group is obviously very small-minded.

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I really agree with Lydia on this one about spoiling your Christianity.
If a youth-group is that small-minded to the point that they don't want your relationships to grow with people outside their branch of Christianity, they're probably not a group you want to associate yourself with. You can let them think their own poorly-formed thoughts and go on happily with the rest of your personal life.

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I agree with Monika

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dosnt sound like they are follower of the word of God, love thy neighbor , means even people you dont know.they may need to get on
their knees and have a talk with the lord about their own conversion.

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