It is sad to say but many people who ask that very question, “Do you have an open mind” are very closed minded people themselves. As a Jehovah’s Witness I was taught to turn down other religious literature and avoid “apostates”. However when we talked to people at the door we expected them to have an open mind to our religion.
Recently my youngest had a birthday. We of course had no party, and that’s not something I have ever experienced anyway, nor has she. But this is the first time I ever really had a longing to celebrate it.
Even several years ago, long before I had read “the books that cause the struggle” and become enlightened to the facts we discuss here, it bothered me.
WHY don’t we do birthdays? WHY don’t we do Mother’s Day and Father’s day?
If Jehovah’s Witnesses are right then that would mean billions of people on this planet are going to die and only 6 million Jehovah’s Witnesses will be left alive. In reference to those who follow Jehovah’s Witnesses the book Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! published by Jehovah’s Witnesses in chapter twelve paragraph 14 states, “They come to Jesus’ anointed brothers and “bow down” to them, spiritually speaking, because ‘they have heard that God is with them.’ ”
For those of you that attend meetings at the Kingdom Hall, how much do you get out of it? The repetition and the incessant pounding on the FDS “drum” can be discouraging sometimes, yet I have found that when I focus on the Bible and sometimes even pray for resolve and endurance I end up finding sustenance and endurance.
It reminds me of a seminar I attended through work once- The leader was a corporate-team-building kind of speaker and he said something very interesting:
“We supply the content. YOU supply the context.”
Written by veritas re, taken from: http://www.paradisecafediscussions.net/showthread.php?tid=6722&page=2 I have a theory about how persons are able to “see” real Truth. 13 And on the sabbath day we went forth outside the gate beside a river, where we were thinking there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women that had […]
Top Ten Things Wrong with Jehovah’s Witnesses 1. Christ Jesus is not their mediator but the governing body/organization is. (Compare 1 Timothy 2:5) 2. They accept the organization as Gods sole “channel” of truth not relying on Holy Spirit themselves. (Compare John 14:16,17) 3. They believe the Watchtower contains Gods truth, directed by Holy Spirit. […]
It’s certainly a matter of opinion and conscience, but what do Jehovah’s Witnesses teach and do that is RIGHT? What positive things have you learned and been taught by the Watchtower Magazine or at the Kingdom Hall?
I like all Jehovah’s Witnesses were discouraged from seeking a higher education. It was so discouraged that I didn’t even give college a second thought. I really took a liking to drafting in high school but knew I wouldn’t make it a carrier because I would need to go to college. I wasn’t concerned at […]
I made a page a few months ago when I started this site called “What I’ve Learned”. It appears below: ——————————————————————————————————————————— Well to begin, I don’t know as much as I once thought I did. Being considered “strong in the truth” for so many years had made me somewhat overconfident. Trinity? Hellfire? Soul? “Let’s turn […]
I want to know the truth! Don’t you? I want to test it! What does the truth have to fear? Jehovah’s Witness’s are indoctrinated to believe that they can only review spiritual things through the “slave” or “governing body” as written in the Watchtower and Awake. To go elsewhere is to seek help from apostates. […]
“The majority judged that [Jesus] was bad because he did not conform to their ideas of how the Sabbath should be kept. But the real reason was that Jesus ignored these ecclesiastics [the Scribes and Pharisees]; and this was a cause of deep anger. They excommunicated both Jesus and the man who was the recipient of his goodness.” (Watchtower 1926, February 15, page 60 paragraphs 11-12)
The logic of this article is sound, and it is well-written despite it being a very old quote. So have you ever thought of this notion before? And what does the fact that he was cast out say to us today as modern-day followers of Christ? That Jesus was “excommunicated” or “disfellowshipped” by the religious leaders of his day is not that shocking- we know that is one of the things the Pharisees did to maintain power and control over their fellow brothers and sisters. For anyone that opposed them, it was their ultimate weapon. But why was he disfellowshipped by these ones?
The Call to Get Out Of Babylon The Great, When? Has the call to get out of Babylon The Great really went out yet? What if JW’s are wrong about 1914 and Jesus choosing them in 1918? What if the call to get out of Babylon The Great is a future event. Revelation 18:4 says, […]
Everyday my heart breaks a little more. I am in agony ever sense I discovered Jehovah’s Witnesses are not truly lead by Jehovah’s Holy Spirit. I have come to understand that one must truly be willing to sacrifice his friends and family according to what Jesus said: Matthew 16 :25, “For whoever wants to save […]
In a January 8, 1947 Awake article entitled “Are You Excommunicated?” The Watchtower writes, “If you are one of the 138,000,000 people in the world that were born and raised as “Protestants”, then you are already excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy. This means that you are looked upon with the blackest contempt by the […]
You probably know that the Watchtower has warned us strongly about “Internet Dating”. I am certainly not encouraging you to go out and do it, because it’s a personal decision for a Christian to pray about and decide what their conscience tells them. But I do feel the current climate merits a discussion of this, for reasons you will see as we progress further in the discussion.
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that salvation will only be for those who are Jehovah’s Witnesses:
“Only Jehovah’s Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd,” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.” Watchtower 1989
Pornography in whatever form (internet, print, DVD, etc.) it is to be found is dangerous and wrong. Christians know this instinctively. But how wrong is it? How is it defined? And how often should we talk about it?
I ask these questions because it seems like 98 out of 100 study articles mention it lately. The article could be about the “Ransom” and it comes up. An article about family life? Yep. Encouraging our young people? That one too. Maybe I’m the only one that has thought that it was kind of weird, IDK. How often do we need to mention it is my question?
2 Timothy 3:16&17, “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” If you were “fully competent ” and “completely equipped” to go camping would you need anything else?
A brother brought this point out in a talk recently. While we are listening to a talk or reading from the magazine or Bible, first comes Thoughts.We think about what we are hearing, and we analyze it. Then that stirs feelings within us. The feelings could be strong or they could be fairly passive. And then finally those feelings impel us to action. (or inaction)
I have been reading and getting some great feedback about the Bible Students lately. They follow Russell’s simpler, no-need-for-an-organization beliefs, and seem to have very good sensibilities about Scripture. But…
There’s always a “but”- is that enough?
I had the idea that we could chat in real-time and be able to “talk” and encourage one another and maybe share ideas. What do you think? I setup a chat room here. Maybe we can agree on a time or just peek in once in awhile… Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]
My 11 year old whispered to me during the WT study today (Aug 15, 2010 page 10) asking, “Didn’t Jesus get the nail through his hands?”
The judging of our fellow brothers and sisters needs to stop! In our family worship night we just read Jesus sermon on the mount and it definitely took on new meaning for me when I read “stop judging”. People in the hall are making comments about vampires and how watching the Twilight movies is bad. How banal, how unimportant!