Opinions from Outsiders

Ivanenko S. About people who never part with the Bible

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«... I want to be understood correctly: no one obliges Jehovah's Witnesses to carry the Bible with them. It is not their religious duty. And perhaps some of them do not take the Bible with them in some cases. At the same time, the need to check one's actions against biblical principles and preach by appealing to the Bible is so significant for most of Jehovah's Witnesses that I personally have not yet been able to meet any of them without the Bible.

A New Yorker told me that one day she left the house with a heavy bag and decided not to take the Bible with her. On the way, she struck up a conversation with a random interlocutor about understanding a Bible text and mentioned that she was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but now she did not have a Bible with her. "You are not telling the truth," the man said, "Jehovah's Witnesses never part with the Bible." "I became very ashamed," the woman recalled, "and now I always carry the Bible with me."

I remember this story so much that I decided to call the book dedicated to Jehovah's Witnesses 'On People Who Never Part With the Bible.'"