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    You are all confused. Did God have a nation in the past? Yes, the house of Israel was God's nation. God's Kingdom on earth, with a fleshly king representing it. There was nothing idolatrous about that idea. But as you know, the nation of Israel was later rejected by God and as Jesus said to the Jews: "This is why I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits". This became the Christian congregation made up of not only anointed Jews (Israelites) but also anointed Gentiles. Hence, this new nation came to be known as "spiritual Israel", who with those not anointed (the other sheep) became one flock. 1 Pet. 2:9. JW.org is a website. The Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses is the worldwide congregation of anointed and the other sheep. If you want to call it an organization there is nothing wrong with that, since it is organized to accomplish God's will on earth, which is the preaching of the Kingdom and making disciples: "Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” ( Matthew 28:18-20) This worldwide congregation is not lead or headed by a fleshly King like in Israelite times, nor any other human, but a heavenly king Jesus Christ. He is the head of the congregation. Matthew 23:10 There is nothing idolatrous about that arrangement, and giving support to it is not being idolatrous but it is supporting Jesus' arrangement. And again I repeat, jw.org is a website, it is not the Christian Congregation, but merely a modern aid to disseminating the Kingdom good news.
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    It depends on each individual person ... that's why in the Christian Congregation ... we are encouraged to develop a TRAINED conscience, depending on insight and rationality. The tattoos mentioned in the Bible refer to markings that would identify one as a member of a band of barbarians, soldiers, religious groups, clan, tribe, or cultural background. ... anything that would show fealty, association or legionship with elements of human or spiritual association CONTRARY to the principles and concepts of that approved by Jehovah God. It is embodied in the FIRST of the Ten Commandmenta ... which in principle covers the entire subject of tattoos. You have to use some common sense ... which in perusing and perusing a religious agenda ... is NOT all that common. Under the Christian "rules", we no longer have to sacrifice animals on an alter ... we can eat Bar-B-Que and pork chops, and a LARGE list of other things forbidden by COMMON SENSE to benefit mankind in its collective infancy years when thinking about societal safeguards was almost completely unknown, collectively. There is a difference between knowing a "rule" or regulation .. and knowing or NOT knowing the mind of God, and WHY he decided to restrict this, that or the other thing. Now, since Jesus has expounded on the underlying PRINCIPLES of the Law ... we should slowly, more and more each day, understand WHY Jehovah wants, or wanted ... or even CARED about what we do, or used to do. That's why we HAVE a conscience. I think tattoos are ugly, and inappropriate, and don't have any, although I am sometimes fascinated by "possibilities", and I am curious and ask about other people's INK when I see them. They usually appreciate the interest. They think it looks good, and it certainly attracts attention. Sometimes people are so terribly starved for human attention that they will do all kinds of stuff to try and get some .... necessary to many people as food, water and air is. The uglier a person is, the probability is that they NEED permanent makeup. Or some really serious plastic surgery.
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    "Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyelining and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids." (Wikipedia). Those who wish to indulge in such, if they are Jehovah's Witnesses, would first be asking: " Is it against Jehovah's expressed permission?" The answer to that is no, as the contextual posting from @James Thomas Rook Jr. makes clear. They would then consider, does it harmonise with Bible principles such as those underpinning 1Tim.2:9-10; Ph.1:10; 2Cor.6:3 and 1John 2:16 ? There might also be some practical considerations such as: the cost; the skill of the technician; the aesthetics; the impression given to others; the ease of reversal; the effects of aging This picture seems to offer no cause for controversy: This picture, however, does give cause for concern..... along with these.
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    @BillyTheKid46 Which proves my point for these past view years. Bystanders will succumb to vigilante justice and will go about violence of people, even the abusers themselves. Such actions is looked down upon for those who are truly fighting against child abuse without bloodying the water. Aside from that, these same people who do not out to go about combating child abuse are promoting child abuse indirectly, saying an institution is a hive, a paradise, or open to pedophilia, they are only giving word to ear to abusers to go to those institutions, and it plays into corrupt justice whereas those who people cry to in regards to child abuse are some how in it themselves; the whole double standard thing.
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    TTH was in LlOYD's HOUSE. The "homeowner" sets the rules about what speech is permitted. That is also true at the Kingdom Hall, and at my house. It is also true with The Librarian, and admin, here.
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    hehehehe :)))))))))
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    You may have photos, but you don't know who put the flag there...do you? Makes me think the same group that took the pictures perhaps....?
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    I don't know anything other than what was in the news several years ago ... that on a particular national holiday, Chile requires Churches to display the National Flag for that day on their building or flag poles ... and the Elders put one inside the building, showing through the windows, and put one on a flag pole (what's a Kingdom Hall doing with a flag pole ...anyway..?), to avoid paying a fine, somewhere around $240. I have several photos on my hard drive somewhere, from several angles. That's all I know.
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    you keep bringing this up, but you know what? No one has mentioned it but you. Seems like you want a discussion on the topic. Do it. This is straight up comedy. Since you failed at expanding on the "mainstream Christianity" thing, you've had to resort to fourms and private clubs. Keep going sm, tell us about the knitting circle that won't allow cross stitch and how that ties back to your statement that Christians shun.
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    ???? when that happened please Or you confused, opposers breaking into, with law fines if they not put flag on building?
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    Most of them don't. Microblading is all the rage right now, and all the sister's eyebrows seem to look the same lately.
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    If you only realized JWs do not consider you part of their "church".
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    That’s exactly what it means. I told you, I don’t believe in the trinity, both in silence and out loud. You’re not making sense, Allen. What are you, an interrogating lawyer for the "Society"? The only reason I am answering you is for the benefit of any other JW who may be reading this. There is no union of the saints, who are the Body of Christ, in the organization. The Watchtower makes sure that they remain apart. It is discouraged that the Body of “living stones” of God’s Temple, do not study the Bible together. 1 Pet 2:5,9 What a hypocritical doctrine. There is a union of the saints/anointed ones outside of the organization, who have been “killed” by your organization for turning to Christ. Rev 12:14 And am I silent? Isa 58:1; Rev 11:1-3 Is the GB aware of the interests of its anointed “brothers" or just their own interests? Matt 24:48-51 Up until just recently, who was considered the “faithful and discreet slave”? Who is it now? Who is doing the isolating? How is that so? What have I continually said about the Temple of God, with Christ as the chief cornerstone, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets? The members of the anointed Body of Christ are the “church”. First of all, when you say “Society”, I am guessing you mean the Watchtower. Are you believing there were no anointed ones after the death of the apostles and up until 100 years ago? You believe not one Christian anointed one walked the earth for 2,000 years? That no believer in Christ was present during that time? The Society didn’t “inherit” 3,000 anointed ones, they fell into Satan’s end time deception to be “sifted” by his greatest magnum opus since deceiving Eve. Luke 22:31; 2 Thess 2:9-12 ; Jer 5:26; Ps 140:5 Tell me, how will the anointed ones be conquered in the time of the end. They are not safe in “Jehovah’s organization” as taught, because they face a severe test at the hands of a “false prophet”. Ezek 13:10-12; Matt 7:15; 24:24; 1 Thess 5:3 Can you explain this - Rev 13:5-7,11 Who are these 1.6 billion Christians? Those outside the organization? Now you are including outsiders when before you said, the first Christians were inherited by the Society one hundred years ago? Or, is this number the entire amount of JWs over the years? Through Holy Spirit, you have heard of it, haven’t you? Zech 4:6-14; Rev 11:3,4 A rejection of Christ? Or, do you mean a rejection of the GB? Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, forsalvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21-24 The spiritual dwelling place of God is within the anointed heart. 1 Cor 3:16,17; 2 Cor 6:16 On their heart is written God’s laws. Heb 8:10 The early ark of the covenant symbolized the presence of God and housed the laws given to Moses. Under the New Covenant, God’s anointed priesthood are like that ark. Rev 11:19 Each one is to carry truth, the truth from Christ. John 17:17 When the early temple was built, the ark was placed in the “inner court” of the temple specifying God’s presence in that temple. Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” “But he was speaking of the temple of his Body”. John 2:19-21 Every anointed priest is part of the temple as “living stones”, and they ARE the temple, according to 1 Cor 3:16,17. Eph 2:20-22 During the last days, a conquering force comes upon them using deceitful lies. Rev 13:7; 20:9,10 Those who reject the lies are “killed”. Rev 13:15; Matt 16:25; 19:29 Instead of buying spiritual food from a false prophet, these "stones" “buy gold” from Jesus Christ. Rev 3:18 And by breaking free of this spiritual captivity of deception, (Rev 13:10) they are the “victorious ones”, riding with Christ in the battle of truth against lies. Rev 15:2; 19:11,19,20 Uninspired men are unable to provide pure teachings from Christ, because they no longer carry God’s spirit in their heart. Heb 12:15; Rev 8:10,11; 18:4-8
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    @BillyTheKid46 It only gets wilder. This is why Charlatans make good Christians look bad. They taint the church, they taint the Bible, they taint God's order of things, etc.
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    This is what happens with the kind of activism perpetrated by people like John. Someday, the government should allow a family of vigilante justice to be allowed to sue activist, either individually, or by association.
      Hello guest!
    Instead of finding solutions, they scream bloody murder in order for some unbalanced individual to react to their demands.
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    I heard he carved it into the bark of a Norway Spruce. If only such a tree could survive the Flood!
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    Why does Jehovah God forbid tattoos?

    Does Jehovah forbid tattoos?
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    Don't think He does, does He?
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    As opposers that look for ways to condemn the Watchtower, I would think you to be better educated in what the world of opposers has to offer as proof of their delusional ideology. Try to keep up with the conversation as not to be seen as uneducated. Maybe someone like you buddy James can educate you. Ask him to IM you the info just like JWinsider and others.

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