Why are there no windows in the Kingdom Hall?


#1

I notice that all of the Kingdom Halls (Jehovah Witness meeting places) that I have ever seen do not have windows. I have seen Kingdom Hall’s in various cities and states and observed that their construction and size may be different but all had no windows…
I asked a JW co-worker about it one time but she was unable to answer the question other than to speculate that it may be to save money.
Does anyone know why? :confused:


#2

I’ve seen Kingdom Halls both with and without windows. I asked about it one time and I believe the answer I got was - to save money.

I’ve heard people (whether humorously or not, I couldn’t tell) speculate that they must be doing something in there that they don’t want people to observe. In reality, a meeting at the Kingdom Hall is about the most straight-laced thing you would ever want to see.


#3

jws pride themselves on putting up a kingdom hall in 2 days. Yes, 2 days. That time frame doesn’t leave an extra minute for “extras”. Like windows.


#4

Hi Gang:

I get that question all of the time. I really do not know the answer to it. Both Kingdom Halls I attended on a regular basis had very few windows. I think maybe they do not want the people inside to be looking out of them. The meetings can get long and boring so perhaps they do that to decrease distractions for the people inside.

Jeff Schwehm
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#5

Maybe they like to stay in darkness???


#6

[quote=Blanka]I notice that all of the Kingdom Halls (Jehovah Witness meeting places) that I have ever seen do not have windows. I have seen Kingdom Hall’s in various cities and states and observed that their construction and size may be different but all had no windows…
I asked a JW co-worker about it one time but she was unable to answer the question other than to speculate that it may be to save money.
Does anyone know why? :confused:
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You know what? I’ve asked that very question before (even on a JW message board). I never got an answer. :frowning:

The best response I ever got was that you can’t throw a rock through a brick wall! :rolleyes:


#7

I have a male cousin who is a Jehovah Witness. I asked him what they do in there behind closed doors and why I could not come to see. His answer was straight forward enough. They are counting the number of handouts distributed, totaling up the number of potential new witnesses they found, and counting money, all of which must be sent to some place in New York, I think he said, to which the Halls are accountable. Boring and tedious indeed. So I would guess they have no windows because they do not want anyone to see the absence of worship inside. They want to retain the facade of being an actual religion. I don’t know. My cousin now shuns me as I was not convertible.


#8

[quote=Ric]You know what? I’ve asked that very question before (even on a JW message board). I never got an answer. :frowning:

The best response I ever got was that you can’t throw a rock through a brick wall! :rolleyes:
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This is the same response I’ve gotten when I’ve asked friends who are JW. Sadly, it would just be too expensive to replace broken windows all the time :frowning:


#9

I think we need to send a mole in! :thumbsup:

[quote=Andrea]This is the same response I’ve gotten when I’ve asked friends who are JW. Sadly, it would just be too expensive to replace broken windows all the time :frowning:
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#10

[quote=catsrus]jws pride themselves on putting up a kingdom hall in 2 days. Yes, 2 days. That time frame doesn’t leave an extra minute for “extras”. Like windows.
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The Amish put up a barn in a day.
~ Kathy ~


#11

Well, from what I understand (and this echoes what someone else posted), the real reason why they avoid having windows is vandalism. Would u have astained-glass window church if you knew your weren’t liked by your neighbors, and there have been incidents of window-breaking and other forms of vandalism?.. Hence, “you can’t throw a stone through a brick wall.”


#12

Almost nobody ever looks in a church window and sees what happens in a service.

I’m surprised to hear that the J-dubs don’t have a ready answer to this question, but I think the vandalism theory makes perfect sense. In the old days they made a lot of enemies with their obnoxious witnessing methods, not to mention their unorthodox teachings–so the JWs have a persecution mentality based on hard evidence. Remember, it isn’t paranoia if they really are out to get you.

Somebody turned the outfit around and now the witnesses are taught to be nice when going door-to-door, so the old antagonism has faded radically. I’d suppose that their persecution has been reduced by 90% compared to seventy years ago

Part of that might be the climate of this age. Nobody believes much of anything any more, and they don’t care much about the few things they do believe. So nobody cares what the J-dubs believe. “Eh, whatever…”


#13

originally posred by** Katie1723**
The Amish put up a barn in a day.

Hi Katie,
Being from South Central PA myself, I do know this to be true. Unlike the jws though, the Amish don’t have to run plumbing and electricity through the barns.


#14

[quote=Ric]I think we need to send a mole in! :thumbsup:
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:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:


#15

Can you check and see if the Masonic lodges in your areas also have NO WINDOWS. The one in our area has no windows. I think it has the FM mark.


#16

Because they don’t like light? Maybe…


#17

[quote=The Eurasian]Can you check and see if the Masonic lodges in your areas also have NO WINDOWS. The one in our area has no windows. I think it has the FM mark.
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The Masonic Rest Home in our area has windows.


#18

Despite the numerous power failures in our area and high temperatures, the JWs down the street do not have windows in their hall. I don’t buy the stained glass argument, there are stained glass windows in churches all over the place here. And, the big circular glass window of the Unitarian church (which did get broken [after the church had been here for 20+ years] was replaced and has become an advertising pt. for them.

It may be me, but I would be very uneasy in a church that didn’t let the light through.


#19

[quote=brotherhrolf]Despite the numerous power failures in our area and high temperatures, the JWs down the street do not have windows in their hall. I don’t buy the stained glass argument, there are stained glass windows in churches all over the place here. And, the big circular glass window of the Unitarian church (which did get broken [after the church had been here for 20+ years] was replaced and has become an advertising pt. for them.

It may be me, but I would be very uneasy in a church that didn’t let the light through.
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Funny, they love to discuss Genesis as well. " And God said let there be light." Who knows? Who can understand the mind of a Jehovah Witness?


#20

[quote=Katie1723]The Amish put up a barn in a day.
~ Kathy ~
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WHOA!!!

It took Jesus THREE days to rebuild His Church but the JW’s can put one up in TWO days and the Amish can build a barn in ONE day!

I’m not going to speculate anymore on this issue.:whacky:


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