I do not participate in the large "JWN" forum. I've tried but there is no way to actually have a Biblical discussion due to the number of non-believers and ridiculers of all things spiritual.
I have participated in forums for studies of the Ancient Near East (ANE) and Biblical Greek and Hebrew, but it's been years since I tried to get questions answered there. I got invited to a chronology forum based on a correspondence with Rolf Furuli. This "theworldnewsmedia" is the only one I have looked at in months. I think it makes a good place to write out my own opinions and concerns and usually get some thoughtful feedback. It's not too crowded, and I'm pretty sure it's small enough so that no one from HQ will take much interest. I'm sure it's not run by elders, btw.
They were saying much the same in the 1970's. But you still are not answering my questions.
I know JW's are living on a type of 'mana', just like the Israelites were in the wilderness, but the mana is being obscured by the GB adding pollutants
No you are wrong. The dogma / rules don't need to be looked for, they are forced on JW's, and constantly mentioned on here.
But i don't see any replies to my original questions yet.
BUT what important beliefs have we gained since 1960 ? What IMPORTANT SCRIPTURAL input have those at the top made since 1960 ?
And I say the Org is stagnant. Hence it make up rubbish, such as the overlapping generations, as it goes bumbling along.
Quote @Arauna " you are looking for the answers that can suit your agenda." Yes, as my Agenda is searching for TRUTH.
It is possible to come up with a list of new things learned that are not merely a matter of losing unnecessary doctrine. Even when doctrines are removed, there is a positive reason for them. For example, when the couple-hundred doctrines that highlighted "class distinctions" by turning every parable and narrative in the Bible into a prophecy about various classes of people, we actually gained the ability to see Bible principles that applied to any and all of us.
But there is still a lot to be said for what Arauna is saying about merely removing the focus on less important things. The theme of Love at the last convention was very simple, but additional ideas for opportunities to show love were gained. Even if they hadn't been, that simple focus motivates each of us to look for new ways to show love for one another.
We SHOULD be in a position now to have plenty to think about, and yet allow our Christianity to help us "keep our eye simple."
*** w11 1/15 p. 25 par. 16 Empowered to Fight Temptation and Cope With Discouragement ***
16 Jehovah’s Word urges us to “make sure of the more important things.” (Phil. 1:10) Likening the Christian life course to a long-distance footrace, under inspiration the apostle Paul recommended: “Let us also put off every weight . . . , and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1) His point was that we must avoid needless pursuits, needless weights, that will tire us out.
So true. I am not impressed with his so-called knowledge. Hard to reason with anyone who ignores or spurnes other people's reasonable arguments and just grabs something egotistically he can elaborate on which is a form of intellectual bullying. It does not get my respect.
It seems he has done a lot of research about the inner circle problems the GB had at one time - to the extent where it can be called a tabloid with all the little titbits about the rumours about some individual's sexuality and preferences ..... real gossip column stuff..... etc.
I do not read tabloids and neither will I bother to get the inside story on which GB member did what to whom. As I demonstrated earlier: Jehovah himself appointed a loser in Saul. Jesus appointed Judas iscariot...... so who are we to get it right every time? Tests come in all forms and can be exasperating. Some will lose faith because they put trust in men. (I know the truth and I know where I learnt it). Many top brothers may fall out and do bad things but my faith in the core truths are solid. Yes, there may still be shame in the pipeline as retro-active law suits are placed. That is inevitable and part of life as there are Judas' and Sauls everywhere who bring shame on Jehovahs name.
He is not interested in reason or justice, just destruction. To win at all cost....... not the ideal kind of person to reason with...... why would he respect a human when he does not respect God?
Do some of your guys spend your life on the web, going from blog to blog / forum to forum ? How many JW / Ex JW 'sites' are there ? I'd rather go for a long walk in the countryside and see what God has created, myself, but each to their own