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Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by WitnessofJah, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. cardero

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    It has come to my understanding that Jehovah’s Witnesses receive the appropriate spiritual food at the appropriate time from Jehovah. I also realize that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are very organized and that is important that the congregation receives this information in a thorough and efficient manner. What are some new insights that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have acquired recently and how does this new understanding effect previous publications? For example do you release one publication about these decisions or does this new material get updated in subsequent printings in their appropriate books.

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  2. cardero

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    WitnessOfJah there is a thread circulating among the Biblical Debate thread concerning the 144.000. Since there is scriptural evidence to support this I understand that this is part of the Jehovah’s Witnesses belief system. My question is, since the JWs have been observing the remainder of the 144,000 left to “ascend” into heaven when did this census actually begin? Was it when the JW’s organization originated or are people like Moses and Ezekiel or the apostles considered part of the 144,000? Is this an accurate number the JWs are considering or is this a generalization? Also how does one know that they are part of the 144,000? Can females be considered part of the 144,000?

    Also

    I live about 15 miles from Pine Bush, NY which has not only been deemed one of the UFO "hot spots" of the US but is also home and headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses Watchtower Farms.
    I do not K(NOW) where you reside but have you been able to visit this particular facility of Jehovah's Witnesses?
     
  3. HelpMe

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    although i believe in the bible, i would respect someone if they found 'god' on their own in their own way and carried themselves respectably as you do.often times i don't use the bible because of christians, which i suppose is wrong but when i relate with 'god' in those times, i feel no less fulfilled.

    a female may be part of the 144k, my friends grandma claims to be one of them.
     
  4. SoulTYPE

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    Same here, more for THEIR translation of it.
     
  5. robtex

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    First thanks for answering all these questions. It is not easy to get answers about the religion. I wanted to ask you, if you could indulge me, what in your expierence is easier to convert to a JWitness:

    1) an non religious person
    2) a christian of a different denomination
    3) an agonistic or athiest?

    cross referenced by
    1) someone secure in their present faith
    2) someone apathetic to their present faith
    3) someone insecure of their present faith but searching
    4) someone insecure in their present faith but not searching

    Do you have a general gameplan for recruitment and if so does it factor in varying strategies for these groups?

    I ask you this because I have been in sales for a while, which doesn't seem so different from promoting ones religion, and most of my gigs in sales varied from time to time based on the situation of the prospect. I am wondering if that is true for your work too?
     
  6. WitnessofJah

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    Guy's, I won't be able to answer your questions until at least tomorrow , because I'm short on time and have many things to do, however, please be patient and I will try my best to be back on here ASAP. ;)
     
  7. Scott1

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    One problem..... at the time there was only the Old Testament.... my opinion is that we can only surely know what Christ wanted for us by following the example of the Apostles who he called to carry on his message. The writing of epistles was only one of the ways that they did this... in fact many verses explicitly mention that the writer would speak more about the Gospel when they met in person.
    The Apostles tought people... and they tought people.... and that became what we now know as the Catholic Church.


    Every word. Not just the words that were written down. Remember John 14:12?

    Peace to you HelpMe.
    Scott
     
  8. chuck010342

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    no it doesn't. that verse shows that Satan was and always will never have any truth in him.
     
  9. WitnessofJah

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    Not at all.


    To understand the answer to this question, you first have of to first understand most of the scenario in what happened originally. Here is what happened:


    "Until about six thousand years ago Jehovah’s sovereignty had never been questioned. Then one day one of God’s spirit creatures dared to do so because of selfish ambition. This he did by inducing the first human pair, Adam and Eve, by means of appeals to selfishness, to become disloyal to Jehovah’s sovereignty. At the same time he besmirched God’s fair name by claiming that God had lied to Adam and Eve. Because of thus challenging Jehovah’s sovereignty and besmirching His fair name this one came to be known as Satan or adversary, Devil or slanderer, Serpent or deceiver, and Dragon or devourer.—Rev. 12:9


    Faced for the first time with a challenge to his sovereignty as the rightful Universal Sovereign, what would Jehovah God do? Would he at once assert that sovereignty by destroying the three rebels? This he could easily have done, so settling then and there not only the question of his sovereignty but also that of his telling the truth regarding the penalty for the violation of his law. But because of certain compelling factors Jehovah did not do so. What were these?


    By turning away the first pair Satan impugned Jehovah’s creatorship and justice in demanding obedience as a condition for life and yet seemingly not creating man able to remain loyal to Jehovah’s sovereignty. Also, by Satan’s success in turning away the first human pair he put in question the loyalty or integrity of all God’s creatures toward God’s sovereignty. And as later became evident in the case of Job, whom Jehovah had pointed out as being without a peer as to loyalty to Jehovah’s sovereignty, Satan took the position that he could turn all men away from God.—Job, chaps. 1 and 2.


    To give Satan ample opportunity to prove his boast, and to give other creatures the opportunity to demonstrate their loyalty to God’s sovereignty, Jehovah delayed or postponed asserting his sovereignty. This would allow Satan to build up a powerful criminal government or organization by means of violence, deceit and murder, the destruction of which by Jehovah in his own due time would be an even greater proof of his sovereignty. God was so certain as to the outcome of it all that he foretold it in the garden of Eden, at the very time of the rebellion.


    Once this question of man’s integrity or loyalty to God’s sovereignty has been fully settled God will assert his sovereignty. This he will do by destroying Satan and all others who have proved disloyal to Jehovah’s sovereignty, at the battle of Armageddon, thereafter bringing in a new world in which righteousness is to dwell.


    TRANSLATION OF THE ABOVE, LONG STORY SHORT: Satan challenged God’s rulership and said that people, if given the choice, would not worship him. Did God destroy Satan on sight for blaspheming his name? No. Instead, he has given Satan ample time (up until this very moment so far) to prove his claim and to show to Satan – and the rest of the universe – that people will follow him (God) and obey his commandments out of their own free will. Once he has proved Satan wrong and proved himself right regarding this, therefore, establishing his universal sovereignty – then the end will come and Satan and his demons, along with this system of things, will get destroyed.






    No. It’s up to the people themselves to prove God right. If God was to intervene, he would not be proving himself right, would he?




    Not in the slightest. In fact, the only reason why we exist is because of God’s love, not the other way round. God could easily have destroyed this earth an infinite amount of times over if he wanted to, but because he loves us, he has given us the chance to worship him and love him.




    Yes. Jehovah God genuinely cares for the welfare of everybody on this planet, whether they worship him or not. If God allowed Satan and his demons to do anything they desired on this planet, Satan would probably have killed the human race by now. God will only allow Satan to influence the world to give him the fair opportunity to prove himself right – no more. Would we exist without God? Simply put, no.





    Destiny does’nt exist. It’s entirely our own decision if we want to serve him or not.




    You have a good very good idea. However, what you need to understand is that Almighty God is not in subjection to anybody in the universe, be it angelic or human, and it is only because of his love that we exist in the first place. God also does not have to prove anything to anybody, but because Satan questioned his universal sovereignty, he has allowed it to go on to prove himself right.

    Actually, it was a very good question. :) If you want me to elaborate on this a little further, just ask. ;)
     
  10. WitnessofJah

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    They will shoot it down anyway - they're atheists!

    I did'nt say that. I did say however, that external biblical traditions are not even close to being as important as the word of God itself. As an organization, Jehovah's Witnesses try and interpret the Bible as best as we can, therefore, seeing the truth. However, we don't believe that a "tradition" should overule the Bible even though the Bible does not support it - especially in favour of the Trinity!

    So what you're saying is that the "traditions" of earthly, sinful men, is just as important or even more important than the word of God? Colossians 2:8 clearly says: "Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry YOU off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ."

    The use of the "Tradition" at 2 Thessalonians 2:15 and 1 Corinthians 11:2 shows that there is a valid tradition by the apostles, which tradition was committed to writing under inspiration. This, of course, differs from uninspired tradition, tradition that invalidates God’s Word, i.e. the Trinity.

    Whether you agree with this or not does not validate the case of the Trinity. Lets take a look at a few things:

    The belief in a "Triad" existed in Babylon = Archaeological fact
    The triad merged with the Platonic theory about God = Archaeological fact
    The Trinity theory origin did not start in Christianity = Archaelogical fact

    With that said, by look at the evidence and by looking particularly at what the Bible says, there is only one conclusion to draw.

    P.S. I don't mean any offense with my comments. ;)
     
  11. WitnessofJah

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    When we say that Jehovah gives us "the appropriate spiritual food at the appropriate time", it means that we get a particular type of spiritual guidance according to what we are going through at the time. Example: We believe that we are in the last days, so we get "spiritual food" to urge us to stay viligent and be aware and ready for what lies ahead. We also get family guidance to stay united, guidance to become better preachers etc.

    As far as "new insights" go, we don't really get them anymore, however, viewing certain matters from a distance in time and with only a little light on the subject often we have had an incomplete, and even an inaccurate, view of things. In such situations we may well have been influenced by previously held views. But as the light gets brighter and we draw much closer to events, then our understanding of the outworking of God’s purposes becomes clearer. In otherword, we try our best to be as accurate as possible with our Bible teachings, however, it a new concept comes to light, we are more than happy to inculcate it into our teachings if it is the truth.

    Yes! I have not had a chance to really post on other topics because the questions in this thread have been coming thick and fast. I have done a few posts outside of this thread, but once this thread dies down, I will do much more in other threads. ;)
     
  12. WitnessofJah

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    Revelation 14:1: "And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads."

    When did the census of the 144,000 begin? Before Jesus died as a man, the only hope open to those having divine approval was that of life in an earthly paradise. (Luke 23:43) After Pentecost 33 C.E., however, Jehovah gave a heavenly hope to a "little flock." (Luke 12:32)

    So the 144,000 has been distributed since Jesus time, which is of a period of around 2000 years.

    The 144,000 is a precise figure (see the verse) and not a generalization. And yes, of course females can be part of the 144,000. :) How do people know if they are part of the remnant? Well, these people are neither appointed or selected by humans - they are chosen by the heavens above. It's not a question of "Am I or am I not?", these people KNOW that they are chosen ones. As far as how, God has his ways and means of doing so in different ways to tell them.

    I have never been to the New York Brooklyn HQ of Jehovah's Witnesses or the farm - but I intend to. :) I have been to several other branches of Jehovah's Witnesses around the world though. When the time permits, I will definitely go. :)
     
  13. WitnessofJah

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    People have become Jehovah's Witnesses from ALL walks of life, it does'nt really come down to a particular sector. :) I personally know people who have been proffessional diamond thiefs, rastafarians, soldiers, concentration camp survivors, singers, hell's angels, atheists, religious, highly immoral, moral, millionaires, former inmates and also people from every ethnic backgound: Black, white, Chinese, Asian, and just about every other nationality and culture. In otherwords, A VERY diverse membership. :)


    I think that "recruitment" is the wrong word. We don't just want people to join for the sake of joining just to create more numbers. We want people to join because we have touched their hearts and showed them the hopes, truth, and reward of knowing about God and what he promises. We are are also adhering to God's command of preaching to the nations which is told to us in Matthew 24:14.

    As far as a "game plan", we do try our best to be concise and try to deliver the good message efficiently and effectively as possible. We also try and be compatible with the times and events that surround us. However, we are not trying to sell you a product or trying to give you pamphlets/a magazine at all costs. If you don't want to read it, we are not interested in giving it. If they reject our message, they are rejecting the Bible's word, and ultimately, God.

    We are a non-profit organization and we don't have any magazine or tract placements to meet every month. :) Also, we are not trying to promote our religion but more importantly, trying to promote our message. We are commanded by Jesus to preach the word (Matthew 24:14) and that is why we do it, and also because we love people. Can you compare commercial sales to our religion? Not really - our ultimate goals are as different as night and day :)
     
  14. Scott1

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    So will anyone with any common sense.... circular logic proves nothing.
    Your organization can try and interpret the Bible.... just tell me where you're Bible came from.... did it fall from heaven complete? How do you know the right books are included? How do you know that some divine writing was not excluded? You organization (and those like it) seems to forget that Christ was not a mere figure in a book... the Apostles carried on the message of the Gospel and CONTINUED to teach before, during, and after the writing of Scripture.
    What makes you think that your organization started by a man.... not chosen by Christ as an Apostle..... some 2,000 or so years later is better suited to interpret the Bible than those 1st and 2nd century Christians.... many of whom were taught by the APOSTLES themselves?
    Again, as soon as you can explain to me where your Bible came from.... the Bible itself is a product of tradition.

    What's your point?
    Several Biblical stories were pre-dated by other cultures... the garden of eden, the flood, the messiah....
    I guess that means most of the Bible is invalid and the Bible itself as incorrect as the Trinity.

    I don't think that was the point you were trying to make, was it? ;)
    Nor do I.

    Peace be with us both as we search for truth.
    Scott
     
  15. WitnessofJah

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    You are incorrect in your assumption. John 8:44 says: "That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him."

    Therefore, he was once in the truth (i.e.righteous at one point) but took it for granted.

    If what you said was true, several questions would be raised:
    • Did God create evil?
    • Did Satan have a beggining or not?
    • Does that mean Satan will always persecute us to time indefinite?
    "Satan" was once a perfect sinless, powerful angel who could do no wrong - until he turned to evil and was jealous of God himself. Satan means "resistor", which was given to him when he tried to undermine God's sovereignty and successfully made Adam and Eve sin. Since then, Satan who corrupted the world with wickedness - but not for long. Satan's days are numbered and God will destroy him and bring this world back into peaceful conditions - the way he intended.
     
  16. HelpMe

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    i've never even heard of a supposed christian argue so vehemently against the canon.if as you apparently have one were to convince themselves against then canon, then said individual could actually believe anything they want.

    if you don't believe in the canonization of certain scriptures, then i would like to ask how you determine what is sacred, inspired, or even just right.oh, and why the rcc uses the 'bible'.if you're going to tell me it's whatever the rcc says, i'll find it easy to judge the argument invalid as they were at one point very comparible to hitler's organization.(inquisition)and because through research i personally deem their claims of being the original church completely false.

    love
     
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    I am not against the canon one bit.... I am against those that choose to deny 2,000 years of Christian thought and think they are the first people to read the Bible. We've been there-done that with the Trinity a thousand years or so ago......:confused:

    This is gibberish.... I can't figure out what you are asking.

    Again you seem to be lost.... what I believe is not relevant..... I am showing you two what has been the truth for two millenia. The Canon of Scripture is just as valid a concept as the Church defining the Trinity.
    Deny one, and it is only logical to deny the other..... otherwise you're a fool.

    Find it invalid all you like.... that's been my point from the start: You choose your own intelligence over 2,000 years of clear evidence to the contrary. Suit yourself.

    Peace,
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  18. HelpMe

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    you shouldn't approach everything i say as a question.my point was that if you're going to believe in what a man says over what the scriptures say, then you're also going to choose to believe whichever man suits your desires the best.
    that's quite a lie.i responded to your early(pre 3rd century) church quotes with exactly why they were not evidence of a common belief in the trinity.

    calling names doesn't prove a point except that you're childish and perhaps don't belong discussing mature matters, neither did extinguishing/silencing those whom believe otherwise.
    ?since before yeshua was 4yrs old, your church has been believing in the trinity?and if there were actually clear evidence to prove your point, then there wouldn't of been almost 2000 years of dispute over the matter.i seriously doubt that the side that felt they had to kill the other had clear evidence to lay their claims.and as i said before, i do not believe that the rcc was rooted as the original appointed church.

    shawn
     
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    Whether or not you believe or don't believe those quotes are evidence is not the point:
    1. The RCC defined the Dogma of the Trinity
    2. The RCC defined the Canon of Scripture
    I was not calling you a fool, sorry if you took it that way, but rather making an observation that you deny one RCC definition (Trinity) and embrace another (Canon)... and then use the latter as evidence to condemn the former. Foolish? In my opinion, you betcha.

    You can't use Scripture as evidence unless you can explain to me why you recognize the RCC Canon as authoritative..... but at the same time deny the authority of the Church to define anything.

    Unless you expect me to believe by some divine accident the RCC got the Canon right, your whole position topples like a house of cards.

    Scott
     
  20. HelpMe

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    cute analogy. but if you don't believe in the divine inspiration activities of unholy people, then i suppose you can only have yeshua, but then again, he isn't the one that recorded his life.since i believe in the canon, i quite obviously believe it was divinely inspired, and to call such a belief 'accident' is absurd.

    to say i or anyone are not allowed to accept one thing without accepting another is simply straying from the topic.now i never said everything the rcc ever did is false, but you ran with it didn't you?a divine organization wouldn't need a reformation would it?
    to say believing one makes the other one true is also to say that the inquisition amongst many other rcc activities was right.

    we've strayed quite abit away from an evidence vs evidence argument, shall we return?
     
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