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    • Not to worry .... One of the reasons Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, resigned as Pope, was that he was involved in the Great Pedophile Priest Cover Up .... ( a German in the Hitler Youth as an artilleryman, that looked EXACTLY like the Star wars Emperor ...  what could go wrong ... ), it is rumored that he tried to redeem himself by forgiving all those despicable, lustful children that seduced his priests.
    • Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased on Instagram a sneak peek of Friday’s highly anticipated Model 3 Delivery Event, which looks to be the company’s biggest party yet. The serial tech entrepreneur posted a video showing a massive triple-stage adorned by a gorgeous red Model 3 serving as the centerpiece.

      The outdoor venue located on the lot Tesla’s Fremont factory will play host to what’s expected to be a celebration of company achievement and expressed gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of Model 3 reservation holders that have supported the company’s mission since the days of the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . The plan was largely defined by three core bullet points: Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive (Roadster) Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price (Model S, X) Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car (Model 3) Model 3 represents the company’s crowning achievement and arguably the most important vehicle in automotive history, next to the Ford Model T. Beyond what’s expected to be Tesla’s most epic party yet, likely dwarfing that of the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. when Model S-owning guests and fans from around the world were first introduced to a dual motor Model S, Friday’s Model 3 event looks to be an emotional tribute to the hard working employees that have worked tirelessly to shape history. One might recall that Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. in a rented soccer stadium last November to celebrate a blowout company third quarter. “I just want to say congratulations and amazing job on a good quarter that hardly anyone in the world thought you can do. It’s an honor to work with you. You guys are amazing. Incredible.” said Musk over a large jumbotron. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Elon Musk thanking employees in Avaya Stadium at the “ Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. “ At the event, Musk prefaced that Tesla would throw an epic party when Model 3 is launched. Well, the time has come. Based on the short video posted by Musk, we’re expecting an event nothing short of amazing come Friday night.

      Perhaps we’ll see all 30 Model 3s being lined up on stage? Oh, and let us not forget about the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  which are expected to be featured during the event. A Tesla employee once told us, “There’s a unanimous feeling of being blessed to be part of this company.” To that, and on behalf of the Tesla community, we want to tell them that the sentiment is shared. Thank you. See you Friday night. The post Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. appeared first on Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
    • I know this is you pet subject @JW Insider . Maybe you should send this to the writing department at HQ . I look forward to reading more when time allows,  and perhaps contributing my tuppence worth 
    • I don't see what clergy penitence privileges has anything to do with what's under discussion. If a person has reasonable suspicions that a child may be in danger, or if there is evidence that the child has already been a victim, then that person can go to the police, regardless of any confession by the perpertraitor. But really, the other problem is, lack of transparency that WE  have a problem at all, regardless how small in comparison, in our own words "one molested child is one too many". 
    • I'll propose one more of the terms to evaluate that we have given a special definition to. It's the term "LIGHTNING." LIGHTNING In the development of the "Invisible parousia" doctrine, the Watchtower has offered several different explanations of the meaning of "lightning" in Jesus phrase: (Matthew 24:27) 27 For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the presence [parousia] of the Son of man will be. (Luke 17:24) 24 For just as lightning flashes from one part of heaven to another part of heaven, so the Son of man will be in his day. Lightning is one of the most strikingly SUDDEN & VISIBLE phenomenon known to man, and the context of the verse is about how SUDDEN and UNEXPECTED the "parousia" could surprise people. But early in the years of developing the doctrine of an INVISIBLE PAROUSIA, Bible Students like N H Barbour, B W Keith, and later, C T Russell, knew that none of them had recognized the parousia when it began. No one suddenly understood when it had started. No one spotted it like a flash of lightning when it began. That's because there was an expectation of a sudden, bright and shining event that would start in 1874, but they were confused when it didn't happen. And it may have been a year or more later before it finally dawned on them that maybe they weren't wrong after all, maybe the PAROUSIA really did start in 1874, but it was invisible. The problem is that they would have to change the meaning of this verse. Here's how C.T.Russell promoted a change in meaning: 1897: Studies in the Scriptures, The Battle of Armageddon, was one of several places that changed it from "lightning" to "the Sun" which fit the theme of "millennial dawn" a little better. The bracketed words are in the original: "The Sun of Righteousness Shall Arise" "Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: or behold he is in the secret chamber; believe it not. For as the bright-shiner [the Sun] cometh out of the East and shineth even unto the West, so shall also the presence [Greek parousia] of the Son of Man be." Matt. 24:26,27.  Here's how this was explained in the Watch Tower, in May 1914, p.5656 reprints, "Messiah's Kingdom To Be Invisible" "As the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, and shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of Man be in His Day." This astounding statement is better understood when we translate the Greek noun astrape as "shining" instead of "lightning"; for evidently it refers to the sun, which rises in the east and sets in the west, shining out of the one part of the heaven even unto the other. But how will this represent the Son of Man in His Day? How will He be like the sun? We answer that the Day of Christ is a thousand-year Day, the Millennium; and our Lord's statement was one of the "dark sayings" of which Jesus said, "I have many things to tell you, but ye cannot bear them now," and promised that in due time the Holy Spirit would grant them an enlightenment, that all of His words might be clearly understood. This portion, now due to be understood, is therefore becoming clear to those of spiritual discernment. Then, that they might gradually learn that these things belonged to a distant time . . . So by changing the meaning of the word, they didn't really have to explain why it took them so long for their spiritual insight to allow them to see, only after the fact,  that the parousia really had begun in 1874. In answer to a letter from 1949, the Watchtower explained that this was changed (actual change was in 1934, but this in 1950 added an additional idea) as follows: *** w50 8/1 p. 239 Letters ***
      The book “The Time Is at Hand”, published in 1889, explained the Greek word “astrapé” in Matthew 24:27 to mean the sun as the ‘bright shiner’, because there Jesus mentioned the “astrapé” as coming out of the east and shining even to the west. (See said book at pages 155-157.) However, never in sacred Scripture nor in classical Greek literature is “astrapé” used to refer to the sun of our solar system. At Luke 17:24 Jesus makes a parallel statement, but does not designate any particular direction from which the lightning flashes, saying: “As the lightning [astrapé], that lighteneth [verb astrápto] out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.” Notice that expression “under heaven”, which befits lightning which occurs under the sun in the heavens obscured by the clouds. The Sun was an extremely unlikely translation of the word for lightning, and this article admitted further down that it was wrong and had no basis. The part quoted above also shows that Russell had forgotten to consider parallel verses in Luke and several other scriptures. The parallel in Luke will also be impportant for another reason. Note from above, near the beginning of this post, that the expression in Matthew "parousia of the Son of man" is paralleled with "the Son of man in his day." It's just another of many indicators that the parousia is less likely to refer to the entire "generation" of "last days" but that it more likely refers to the final judgment event. Note that for a time, the idea of associating "lightning" with clouds so that it could be associated with "INVISIBILITY" was attempted. In the Watchtower, August 15, 1940, p.241 the explanation was also a bit convoluted, because Jesus was still "present" since 1874, but had "come" in 1918, and both anointed and their companions still look to the future for the "manifestation" of his presence: Jesus' words cannot mean that zigzag lightning comes
      always out of the east and shines unto the west and that
      this represents his coming. What his words really mean is
      that the lightnings come or appear in one part of the heavens
      and are seen by persons at different points and that therefore
      the lightning is not confined to a local place. It is seen
      by those who are watching. The"statement recorded by Luke
      concerning the same thing supports this view: "For as the
      lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven,
      shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the
      Son of man be in his day."-Luke l.tf: 24.
      Lightning originates with Jehovah, says Jeremiah
      10: 13. Just so all light upon the divine purpose originates
      with Jehovah. When he reveals his light to his anointed
      church he does so through the Head of his organization,
      Christ Jesus. No human is able to make lightning. Likewise
      no human is able to point to the fact that Christ Jesus is at
      some local spot on earth. His presence is revealed to those
      of God's anointed remnant and their earthly companions
      of good will, all of whom look for the manifestation of his
      presence. In Matthew 24: 27, "coming'' specifically refers
      to his coming to the temple [in 1918] and his presence there for judgment
      of the "house of God", which house is composed of
      God's anointed and faithful ones and is not a material house
      of brick, wood or stone. Of the more current explanations given, the most common is based on this idea below: *** w74 12/15 p. 750 Who Will See “the Sign of the Son of Man”? ***
      When Christ would return in an invisible presence he would not come as a man on earth. Therefore Christians should not look for him “in the wilderness,” so that they could train with him in some out-of-the-way place for a revolution. Nor would he be in some secret “inner chambers,” where he could conspire against world governments with his followers. No, his presence was to be like lightning, not in its being instantaneous and unexpected, but in its being seen over a wide area, in the open, for everyone to behold. (Luke 17:24; compare Psalm 97:4.) His followers would not keep their knowledge of his invisible presence secret, but would give it widespread proclamation.—Matt. 10:26, 27. *** ka chap. 16 pp. 321-322 pars. 61-62 Completion of the Foretold “Sign” Nears ***
      61 His presence or parousia was to resemble the lightning as to its effects. His parousia was to be like the lightning, not in flashing suddenly, unexpectedly and in the fraction of a second. The emphasis here is not on the lightning’s striking instantaneously unannounced, but on its shining over a broad area, from eastern parts to western parts. (Luke 17:24) The lightning’s illuminative power is like that described in Psalm 97:4: “His lightnings lighted up the productive land; the earth saw and came to be in severe pains.” So, too, the inhabitants of the earth were not to be left in darkness respecting the parousia of the Son of man. From horizon to horizon all the people were to be enlightened concerning his regal parousia. It was to be made as public as is a flash of lightning by its illuminative power, its far-extended shining. To Christ’s disciples today, who are acquainted with his invisible parousia, his words to his apostles nineteen centuries ago apply:
      62 “Therefore do not fear them; for there is nothing covered over that will not become uncovered, and secret that will not become known. What I tell you in the darkness, say in the light; and what you hear whispered, preach from the housetops.”—Matthew 10:26, 27. So the current explanation continues to work with the idea that Jesus did NOT mention lightning because it is sudden and unexpected. Consider how likely this is when considering the further context. In a recent discussion on Matthew 24 note what someone (Gnosis Pithos) said about the very next paragraph in context:   It's not impossible that the meaning of "lightning" here refers to the fact that lightning isn't just in one place, but it shines over extended areas. But it's also impossible to avoid the idea of suddenness and surprise in several places throughout the chapter. And it's also impossible to avoid the fact that Jesus had just spoken about those who claimed that Jesus had returned, but that you just couldn't see him. He wasn't visible at the moment because he was far off somewhere else, or hidden in a room somewhere. Our current Watchtower explanation is that the "illumination" is given to just those with spiritual insight to be able to spread the word over a wide area. But the previous verses were about claims by those without spiritual insight, and this was the answer to their claims. In other words, the answer to the claim that Jesus might have returned but that he was just not visible was that Jesus parousia would be as visible as lightning. The suddenness was also true, the wide area of his parousia was also true, but the primary point appears to be visibility. 
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