hey. I was also raised a JW. Celtic is right, the bible does say that only a specific number of people will go to heaven, to rule with Christ as kings and priests. If you read the bible, God's original purpose was for man to live on earth forever, not for earth to be a testing ground for people to go to heaven or burn in hell forever. His will has not changed. The scriptures tell us that he will resurrect the vast majority of all mankind who have died to live forever in the conditions he originally intended.
I also find it hard to believe that a witness would swear at somebody while in the ministry, but hey, even good people have a really bad day every now an then.
The Witnesses are good people, tho like any imperfect organization, there are a few bad apples. They genuinely care about people and want to help them. They only bother people at their homes because they feel that people's lives are at stake and they want to help. Of course they know some people are aggravated by it, but they feel that people's lives are worth a little aggravation sometimes.
And unlike these "christians" you hear so much about, they do not campaign against the rights of others. In fact, they have taken more cases to the Supreme Court to defend their own rights and the rights of others than any other organization. True, they require all of their members to live by bible standards, and so you cannot be a baptized member in good standing if you are a practicing homosexual, but the same goes for straight people who are not married and are sexually active, drug abusers, drunks, thiefs, etc. They don't believe that homosexuality is a sin worse than any of the others. Sin is sin, end of story.
That being said, I am struggling with everything because tho I know that what they teach is the truth, I am attracted to men, and having a very hard time living by bible standards (obviously, as I am looking at this site) Being gay and a JW is extremely stressful, especially if you make the mistake of getting married thinking you can change your orientation. It's hard enough trying to remain celibit when you're horny as heck, let alone trying to maintain a relationship with someone you are not attracted to physically.
So, just wanted to set the record straight on a couple points. The JWs don't hate you, they love everyone, they just want you to know that God asks you to conform to his moral standards, regardless of your sexual orientation.