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Doing The Lord's Work by RobynRose Doing The Lord's Work by RobynRose
A Jehovah's Witness helps tourists with directions.
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incognitonegro Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great picture, and a perfect illustration as to the hypocrisy of so called "Christians" who's focus is on superficial appearances of righteousness while the world crumbles around them.
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theblacklotus92 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know this says chinatown station but i have no clue on the exact location of this spot XD Anyway as a Jehovah's Witness this image makes me happy cuz for me it means that people like you see us and notice us. A lot of misunderstanding is placed on us and sadly some people think they can just google us up and be Jehovah's Witnesses experts on what we believe in and what we talk about to others. The reason we post up tables at stations like these or go door to door as we are most famous for is because we believe that the preaching work is a commission from Jehovah (God) that his son Jesus started when he was on earth. Matthew 24:14. We don't do this to sell you anything, nor are we being paid to do this preaching work that we have nearly reached almost all over the world. We do this for the love of God and for the love of our fellow man. I wish i can stay and tell you (anyone who sees this, not just Robyn) everything about our beliefs but instead you can go to our website: jw.org which has simple info accessible to anyone in any language. (So if you can't understand english too good you can translate the page to your own language). Along with vids and music that we sing at the Kingdom Hall. For all who are not fimiliar with these people please take the time to visit the website whenever you can. All info is free to download or listen to from the site and will be updated every month. there is also tv.jw.org for your enjoyment as well. Im afraid this comment has become a bit long winded and i apologize for that, but I just wanted to say something.
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Sakiko21 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is going to cause a great amount of arguments. 
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MidNightRain88 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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ObsidianKaesken Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't understand this piece but I'm also not religious so artistically, I have no idea what this picture is supposed to represent..  Nor why everyone is so pissed off by it.  =/
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Sakiko21 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly. People have a bad habit of putting things into category and finding offense in many pointless things. 
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Echo-AC Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this station! Never knew you lived close by!
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RJMIllustration Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
just out of curiosity, did you help the homeless man?
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NinthTome Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
I've helped many homeless people, and in multiple countries as well. Unfortunately I cannot help every homeless person out there, but I do what I can.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Him specifically, no. I have an allowable budget for personal charity and it's not much. I also prioritize queer homeless youth and homeless pregnant women. I'd already spent my budget just previously on a young prenant woman. I walk all over downtown, and I try to spread my charity out. But obviously I'm not an institution, so I can only afford a few dollars here and there. There will always be more need, and I can't help everyone out of my own pocket.
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RJMIllustration Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Uh huh.
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LadyKamling Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This scene is a sad one. I, myself, am a christian, Pentecostal to be more specific. I was raised in the church, my grandfather the pastor, my father the associate pastor, and we came across this often, even in our small town where I live. We never looked away or just passed them by or ignored their presence. I often witnessed the kindness, love, and generosity that my parents and grandparents showed these people in need. Most of the time my father would drive to the nearest hamburger joint and order a large meal then drive back around to give it to the person. Other times if we had money on hand or extra food or water we'd give it to them. I can not speak for any other denominations but as for my upbringing I would have given this man a meal and whatever aid I could if I was able. Not saying that the Witness' haven't done so, just stating my opinion. 
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azoreseuropa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Are you seriously ? Are you Christian ? Shame on you for not knowing God's name.
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LadyKamling Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean by "not knowing God's name"?
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azoreseuropa Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Forgive me for my English.. I mean if you are Christian then do you know real know God's name ?

Do you celebrate Birthday, Christmas, and Easter ? Because those are pagans according to the bible. 
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LadyKamling Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
we do but I fail to see your point. 
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azoreseuropa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
No, I fall to see your point because being a Christian without knowledge the bible about God and his son is not a Christian. For those celebrate clearly point to the bible that they are the pagan and a false prophets. It did explain why very clearly God is against those practice of pagan celebrations.
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LadyKamling Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You do understand that you are talking to someone raised in the church, has family members who are ministers, reads the bible and does pray on a regular basis. I have never seen anywhere in the bible that says that these holidays are pagan. We know that they were pagan at one time, such as the winter solstice, and the church leaders desired to turn people from these pagan traditions and so turned them into a christian holiday. Much like how here in America we celebrate Halloween, the most evil and heinous of holidays, but not so for my congregation. Instead we have renamed it 'Harvest Day' and we celebrate the evening with good clean fun, food and games. We do this to not only celebrate the end of the harvest (we live in a farming area) but to also combat the evil that takes place outside of the church walls. Were there any other things you were interested in discussing?
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azoreseuropa Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2016
Yes, I do understand. I am trying to help you see the truth.

Did you know that John the Baptist died under King hero's daughter birthday party ? Other king also celebrated birthday party killing innocent people and put their heads on the stake for birds to eat ?

Evidently, in the bible record, nothing mention about Jesus's birthday party and even Xmas on 25th at all. Halloween is an evil pagan celebration even most false church celebrated it. Halloween is Hallow Evening.. If you know what it means. It is against in bible. 

Again, God has a name instead of title and subject. I am very confused that you raised in the church without the bible. Is that right ? Correct me if I misunderstood you. 
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Mikolajj Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Its so fucking sad when people take a photo in one moment  and they think they know everything, and they can judge people based on one moment,  but they dont know shit. Political corectnes are destroying everything. 
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I use that station a lot. trust me, the pamphlet-handers are tehre all day, every day. Their behaviour and intentions don't really change. Their goal is to hand out pamphlets to commuters.
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Mikolajj Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Maybe if homeless dude went to school life would be diferent ? go and give him your money.
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joshuahandley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
But there is more to it than just handing out pamphletes. Just curious have you stopped to talk to them. Have you asked them their goal. As "a pamphlet-hander" myself I know exactly our goal, and I know it's not just handing pamphlets and then just letting through it away or have no understanding if what it is about and it's purpose. We are there for a goal
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yezzzsir Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Great to see the work being done globaly
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Otterbane Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is what I call a powerful image. I hope this gets catapulted onto the world stage - it's what we need to see.
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MistressDizzy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It took me a couple views to 'get' this photo. But now that I do, I'm pissed. People like this are why I can't call myself Christian anymore. (Even though these are Jehovah's Witnesses, the problem runs across a lot of religions, as I'm sure you know...) 

I just... I don't know what Christianity stands for in this world. I know what it means to me, but... honestly, it means to be that I don't have to parade my religious beliefs around, as if it will earn me something special. I can just be me, and be Christian, and people will see kindness. 
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DaedalJS Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
as people have said on the journal that goes with this deviation (dunno why she didn't just make put the journal in the artist comments) a single snapshot is hardly indicative of the whole story.
you don't know if they already gave to that guy or if they did later or if they even carry cash anymore rather than just cards and are doing other things to help the homeless population in their area or even if indeed they really weren't doing anything to help the guy.
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MistressDizzy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not really responding to this particular situation in this moment of the snapshot. I'm responding to the sentiment it captures. This picture was taken for a reason, and that reason is why I commented.
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DaedalJS Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
"People like this are why I can't call myself Christian anymore." is a bit pointed at these people.  in the end i find the sentiment here to be one of snap judgement.

also,  the sentiment you found in this picture isn't really one that should keep you from calling yourself a Christian.  
though if they did some soul searching and found that sentiment applied to them they may have a reason they couldn't call themselves Christian anymore.
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MistressDizzy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mm. Good points, all.
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Kitty-Cthulhu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I didn't know that you are from Vancouver! That is awesome :D
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jiynx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student
And probably just because of appearances.  How sad is it that the world is like this now?
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Le-Mat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Always been like this
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joshuahandley Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
What do you mean just because of appearance
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jiynx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student
I feel, and again, this just my opinion,  that they don't help the homeless man because he looks dirty and unkept.  If that man had been wearing a suit, or even a clean outfit, those ladies would probably be more inclinded to help (again, like Robyn said, this is this particular situation).  Which is ironic since the people down on their luck aren't going to look clean or well-off.  Nowadays, everyone is so caught up in how people look, they don't take the time to see what's on the inside.
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joshuahandley Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Very true with the last part. But as one of Jehovahs witness my self. I can tell you they would have offered help. We do not descriminate because of status. I myself have been in very low postions and have been helped immensely but the JW. And in kind I have helped others. Yes I agree some people including JW sometimes forget to look at a person's heart rather than appearance thats human imperfection., but we always try to see people as God sees them
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jiynx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student
I don't doubt that at all!  I've met plenty of Jehovahs witnesses and they've been perfectly pleasant.  I meant to say I'm going by what this picture shows, and what I've seen and experienced from the world.  It's not just JWs who ignore the homeless by appearance, it's everyone.  But this specific picture is about those specific people who happened to be Jehovahs witnesses.   If it was a group of Christian, Jewish, or even atheist people, I would have commented the same thing.  I didn't mean to offend, and say that JWs are all assholes who ignore those in need, sorry if I worded it that way.  I'm saying people as a whole are assholes and need to get over how people look and look to the inside where it counts.
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theblacklotus92 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Now I totally understand what you are saying jiynx and i can completely agree. But when it comes to pictures (not just this but any kind) they can sometimes be deceiving. We can say yes that these JWs are putting a blind eye towards the homeless man due to his appearance. But at the same time the lady JW doesn't have a purse with her and can it be safe to say that the man has enough money to spare on him? They are at a station afterall, what if all they have is just enough to get home when the day is throu? Look at the direction the ladys arm is holding the magazine. Only one there is the homeless man. She could have thought to give this man a mag but what if the man declined before she could even take a step toward him to offer it? Yes the man could be hungry and need money, but if i was homeless i would think I need some spiritual encouragement as well XD but this man isn't looking at them just as much as they are not at him. JWs are not partial and I doubt if this man was to walk up to them to ask for a magazine they would most likely NOT say "no". Im not saying this is indeed what happened in this event. But it can truely go both ways. And as strange as it might sound to some this is kinda the ideas of Jw's: "If by chance i cannot feed you, shelter you, protect you, or do anything physical for you I can indeed tell you about Jehovah and his son cuz those are the only ones who can truely take away anything hendering you and can take it away permanetly".  You don't have to agree with it but thats basically how we work :D
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DRY-Designs Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Read the story of the good Samaritan. It fits what you said in your journal perfectly.
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