Here’s a question for you: If you’re honest because you believe God is watching you, are you really an ethical person?
Last week in New Hampshire, Janelle Jones went through a Burger King drive-thru and was surprised to discover while driving home that the bag didn’t contain her food; rather, it contained $2,631 in cash.
She spoke with her husband and they quickly returned the money to the restaurant… but check out the explanation of why they did it:
Matthew Jones admitted, “We are not perfect human beings,” and said the couple had considered the possibility of keeping the money, adding they could have certainly used the cash. But he said he and his wife are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and that “Jehovah sees everything.”
I admire what they did, but I’m also wondering how unethically they would have acted if they didn’t believe in God.
I would also like to add that most atheists I know would also have returned the money because it’s simply the right thing to do, not because we fear divine punishment.
A group called JW Alumni, consisting of former JWs who left the faith, points out that this sort of story shouldn’t be a big deal:
While we applaud this honesty — we really do — it is now officially countdown to this story being published in Yearbook 2016 of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Watchtower Society (aka JW.org) has repeatedly stressed the importance personal conduct plays in PR for the mother organization.
They also include a list of seven people who returned loads of money without crediting God for their actions:
Of course, there is a possibility that these all of these honest people were Jehovah’s Witnesses who chose not to mention it. But then again when did you last meet Jehovah’s Witnesses who chose not to mention it?
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