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    Nana Fofana reacted to Claudia Sanchez in The costliest mistake in history   
    Evidently God likes sparrows a lot.
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    Nana Fofana reacted to JW Insider in Jehovahs witnesses and higher education   
    Thanks. Of course, you should be careful to follow such a statement with "But . . . " at least for the sake of certain opposers.
    Anyway, agree completely with everything you said above. I don't believe that, in the United States, most college degrees are worth the outrageous expense. They definitely were worth it through most of the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's if you were also an "educated consumer." There was a turning point in the 90's for some and in the 00's for most others, even before the financial crash became visible in '08. Starting in '08 it would be much easier to make a Peter Schiff style video. (That style of video can be made any time, of course, even when you want to fake a point, but you'd have to do a lot more editing to make it look like there was a consensus. Jay Leno could have proven that no college student knew that 2+2=4 merely by only including those who answered incorrectly, or with too long a pause, or were drunk, acting silly, nervous, etc.)
    Now there are still more jobs available to college graduates than non-graduates of course, and this is even more critical in an economic downturn. But that doesn't mean the degree was worth the expense. And it's stupid that you would need a degree to make coffee at Starbucks.
    The need to pay down a student loan does indeed make workers more controllable. That's a critical requirement of capitalists who wish to maximize profit even squeezing from those who believe they are well on the way to joining the "American Dream" someday. Student loans and car loans have been a big part of an abusive process to those who need them, but these problems are nowhere as big as the factors that fed 2008. Combined with the fact that the [banking&finance] criminals who abused taxpayers in 2008 are still fighting [bribing politicians] to be able to abuse with even less regulation now might though combine with student loans as a catalyst with these other problems to see a second wave [plunge] of recession/depression.
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Raquel Segovia in A HA   
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in YOU TEACH A PARROT to say ~~~~~ "I LOVE JESUS"!! ~~~ But....   
    YOU  CAN  TEACH  A  PARROT  to  say,   *I  LOVE  JESUS* !!
    But  the  parrot  knows  nothing,  about  what  he  has  said,  or  what  it  means....                                                                    
    Don't  be  just  like  a  parrot....   The  world  is  full  of  parrots !
    BUT  THIS  YOU  CAN  TRY....      ( our  little  Ministry - helper..)

                                           ? .•*¨`*•..¸???¸.•*¨`*•. ?          
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Space Merchant in Why won't they announce the reason for disfellowshipping or disassociation?   
    Obviously not one of them. But in your other post as to how you stated your situation with the Jehovah's Witness church you went to falls in the verbal category whereas one can be excommunicated for spreading a doctrine that is not of the faith.
    An example would be is this: A man can go into a church and be a member of it, a convert for about a decade, but his views change based upon what he ahs read on the Old Testament, thus wanting to know why God did what he did and paint God as villian, and should this man speak of this matter to the pastor and or church staff, even if giving the right information he refuses, thus he is excommunicated.
    In your case with the JWs, you mentioned before about how you are somewhat removed from the church, and it is a known fact that for the JWs (Restorationist) is that if one speaks against the faith and the teachings, again, verbally, be it aggressive and or passive, there is grounds for excommunication. Examples would be, people will automatically assume John 1:1 (introduction to God) proves Jesus is God, or in this case, Jehovah. Being totally convinced, they will start to spread such inside the church and when they profess their so called newfound faith based on misconception of the verse, they will be excommunicated. The same thing applies for assuming if one person decides to interpret the bible for themselves and think it is correct over what the church teaches, again, grounds of excommunication, and such applies to what you had mentioned in a post you made a while back to which I offered you advise when you clearly showed you didn't know what to do or what to say, and I did everything in my power and understanding to provide advise - it is the same thread to where Witness attempted to use a typo against me, to which is utterly failed due to my comments being against the King James.
    That being said, you'd be surprise of how those who believe in the Trinity Doctrine, as well as Gnosticism, Oneness, and Modalism will attempt to use a single verse over and over against to attempt to attack Non-Triniarian, specifically JWs, as well as those influenced by such doctrine to try to shift the teachings of JWs from the inside.
    Mainstream Christians do not practice and or believe excommunication is necessary, thus saying it causes fear among members, there influence spreads to those who practice it, thus making the notion of members being fearful because they play into the hands of mainstreamers and New Age Christians. 
    In the end, following the bible strictly and trying to cherry pick and or change a rule and or law of those who are hard pressed in scripture will indeed get you excommunicated. Just remember that those who have pure strictness of scripture will effectively excommunicate you should you think what they are doing is not biblical, even worse for one if they speak against the faith, thus becoming an apostate.
    But it is ridiculous for some JW opponents though, for I had seen one speaking about placing his hands on someone's forehead to heal people, another who assumes Nicodemus was at the Passover/memorial and will go out of their way to say JWs are false, others will say that anyone who isn't a JW will be destroyed, when the information from the JWs themselves and what the bible says disproves this false claim or something like that, teachings like this does not sit well with the JWs and such falsehood can easily be spread to the inside and the ban hammer of excommunication will follow suit.
    From my experience though, we had a man who was claiming that Jesus was for homosexuality, the man was not just excommunicated, for he was obviously influenced by today's society, he was rushed out by church staffers by command of the church leader, again, things of that nature, even verbally, aggressive and or passive, can put one in a position of excommunication - expelling.
    Spreading interfaith teachings and or doctrine is grounds of excommunication. In fact, Anti-Christians have already spread their influence by teaching How to Get Excommunicated from a Church, and they have some verbal ques of which majority of religious will have a specific reaction, it is no different with JWs, for any interfaith talk in an attempt to shift what the JWs teach is asking for excommunication, there are also clearly ways to accept Jesus and use such to be excommunicated on the stop, like accepting Jesus and denying of the foundation Jesus left behind, for JWs take the foundation of Jesus seriously, hence The Great Commission and the church that Hades cannot bring down, Matthew 16:18.
    JWs are not allowed to speak to you because excommunication and or expelling prompts the Shunning Command, which is seen in the verse I provided above. Members are not suppose to speak with the one who has been excommunicated, however, it does not stop the one kicked out from attending the JW church. JWs however, are still allowed to offer counsel, should the excommunicated be a child, the child cannot interact with anyone else, and sits with his or her family, if the excommunicated is disabled and or stick, they are still cared for by the family.
    Excommunication and shunning is indeed biblical, however, religious ties may be broken, but blood ties still remain, the family in question will counsel the one who is repentant, however, one who is unrepentant, attacking the faith and or otherwise, leads one to apostasy, and a point of no return, thus putting you further to the point of thinking and or assuming things and being victim of influence that is negative.
    That being said, what you displayed in your situation was spreading interfaith inside the church, thus you being dealt with. Clearly you still love God and his Son, however, you show a total disdain for what JWs teach, hence all your other comments and not realizing what, why and how scriptural teachings apply to JWs and if you were among them long enough, you would know about the religious and blood ties comment.
    If you look at someone as an enemy, they will not be a friend to you, even if you use to be among them.
    Other then that, read up on excommunication of how and why Christians apply it, as well as the shun command that follows from it. For it is was in the bible, there is no reason to ignore it, as I said to someone before, if the people who hate JWs the most acknowledged that shunning is biblical, but will brush over their comments by speaking of something unrelated to the subject that is excommunication.
    5th time, as a guy myself who actually helps children, some abused and even scarred for life, you clearly ignore every word I said. And no, never have I said victims are lying, for a good friend of mind took it to her grave I suggest you not making checks you cannot cash.
    You are accuse people of being mislead, yet you ignore truth and facts, all of us know child abuse is a problem, there is no question about that, at the same time, we are smart enough to know, the world is smart enough to know how to deal with the problem. Regarding JWs, we can use ARC as an example because in your early comments, you made a remark about ARC,but when the final report facts are placed before you, you remain unconvinced and in denial. You claim the people of the world do not care about statistics in child abuse, when Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention says otherwise, for people care for these things, just as they care about the statistics of crime, violence, murder and the like in the area they live in for it is important to them, just as child abuse is.
    You remain unconvinced that child abuse has infiltrated not only  the schools, the but churches as well, this influences the JW churches, and it is said that religious institutions are plagued by and not very well equipped to deal with child abuse and or prevent an abuser from taking action, thus educating themselves and the people on the matter by means of sermons and publications - for saving at least a child from abuse is a plus because the reality is not all children can be saved and it is very difficult to prevent such cases.
    I also mentioned race before, for a majority of child abuse takes place not only in the household, regardless of the person's faith, but the the abuse is normally done by a Caucasian males, be it in the US or the UK, and speaking about the UK, the very people who are investigating the JWs of child abuse are being checked out themselves for sending out children aboard who end up suffering.
    That being said, it is agreeable child abuse is everywhere, as for the JWs, it is mostly the US, the UK and AU, some parts of EU, however it is very very low in places like the Congo, Asia, even Russia, and several others and the JWs are but a small percentage of the big picture - something you seem to not see for that response was address more than 5 times yet you bring this up again.
    Next time you assume someone is mislead, make sure their facts and information is false because the way I see it, you tend not to read into what is said half the time, which is evident, even some of the information I posted from Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention itself - who do not mislead the masses with their information.
    No, but an Apostate who said that 3 of her children were abused in a JW preschool seems to be a lie, for JWs do not build preschools. UK media claims that JWs have an underground sex ring for child grooming, to which some apostates push this information out, which was indeed a lie. JW opponents writing "Watchtower knows" all over the place and claiming the JWs did it, is a lie and they know it too. JW opponents will attack JWs because they are affected by child abuse, but ignore child abuse taking place elsewhere and or in other churches, which was evident in the ex-bible student's video of which the JW opponents, one of them you posted their gofundme, managed to report and take down on YouTube, for should that 1 hour video still exist, it will shattered half of your claims of a man who is not a fan of bible students, not a fan of JWs, but a man who knows right from wrong and understands how better ways can solve a problem, for he was the very man who stopped the group from accessing a nearby park.
    And last I check, nowhere was it ever mention by me that someone is making up a story, but at the same time, when there is information out there, what can be said of you is you tend to at times being in denial of facts.
    I would not throw Australia into the mix either since your previous claims on the ARC final reports and words of the victims themselves.
    I know what I believe and as someone myself who does help and educate children on child abuse, I am not a pawn to those who are on a warpath to destroy and beget aggressive behavior. I take the word of a Warwick citizen though, who said what JW opponents are doing is borderline extremist in their actions, which they have provide themselves to be.
    And yes, there several bible verses on such a manner too.
    Other then that, as I said, I am smart enough to know better solutions, some of which I provided her in the past, and will not subject myself to the position you are in right now, but eventually you will come to your senses though.
    Oh I do have empathy for those I have taught have become leaders themselves in dealing with violence and abuse problems and helping those affected by it and it was not by choice as you claim nor was it ever from the beginning, hence my responses to your claims.
    If you are truly concerned about the victims, know that you should be doing them justice in the right way, not in the manner you are going about. And of course, pedophiles cannot be stopped at all, only God can put an end to that. The JWs, and everyone else has to put up with pedophilia until the end times conclude, only then pedophilia would be wiped off the face of the earth - that is what I am counting on to see and you who are God fearing, you be like this also, but sadly, you consume every word of JW opponents and what those who are against Christianity is saying - the very reason why your country is suffering a decline in Christianity, so is Asia, so is the US.
    In the end, you cannot judge an group for the actions of a bad person, especially if that person is a pedophile, for child abuse prevention even states pedophiles will work their way up and earn trust to get to their target. I advise you to read up on the numerous information on child abuse prevention before you bring up claims as you did previously and as of what you had said now, in addition, you should also check out the very people who are investigating the JWs in UK, for they're connections are not to shy either as they hide behind Teresa May.
     
    Regarding Excommunication though, I leave you with this quote:
     
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    Nana Fofana reacted to TrueTomHarley in Have JWs solved 90% of the child abuse problems plaguing the rest of the world?   
    Exactly. Once again, Allen earns his keep.
    Does he interfere, obscurate, divert? Well, before concluding that, take into account the 'scholarly' contributions of JTR or Witness and you will see he yet ranks pretty high.
    It infuriates me - the constant insinuation that the eight righteous men aren't really righteous and, to the extent they are not, it is the long arm of the law that will straighten them out and not their own fear of God.
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    Nana Fofana reacted to TrueTomHarley in Have JWs solved 90% of the child abuse problems plaguing the rest of the world?   
    For now I see no reason not to run with the 6.3 figure. If it is heralded as the be-all and end-all of truth, that is dishonest. But if it is held out as a rough figure that might alter pending added (and impossible, due to dearth of data) refinement of either side's stats, then it is an acceptable comparison of notifications to notifications.  That way our brothers have something to kick back with when their enemies press for the perception that JWs are the very last place you should go if you want to keep your kids safe. 
    The ultimate details will never be known, compared and quantified. But we can run with a simple indicator so long as we do not pretend it is more than a rough indicator. Such kind of imperfect stats are built into models all the time, and policies or forecasts are drawn from them.
    Well, that is the real crime, isn't it?
    In many settings, negligence is a punishable offense. Either the Australian CPS should have tracked religion for each perpetrator and victim or religions themselves should have kept stats on their own parishioners to hand them over upon demand. As it was, only Jehovah's Witnesses did and it was done for the reason of presenting to God a clean people and to not let perpetrators slide from one congregation into another, as they can anywhere else. 
    It is a deed with good motive being spun as a bad without resistance from those who should resist it. All such issues before various courts constitute a classic example of "No good deed goes unpunished." That is the overall picture which supercedes any investigations into child abuse, greivious though the latter might be. The 6.3 becomes in this context a workable indicator so that our brothers do not have to look to JTR as their messiah.
    It is quite clear that the GB can do no more. G Jackson pleaded for mandatory reporting laws across the board in all territories. Why has that not been done? That way elders can run roughshod over any family head who, for whatever reason, does not want to report abuse they are aware of to outside authorities. As was stated about the two from case 54, "they were adult survivors and it was their right not to report." Strip them of that right. Make it mandatory that everyone report everything. 
    If the greater authorities are as serious about preventing child sexual abuse as they purport to be, seemingly no policy change could be simpler. Then there would be no swiping at people for not "going beyond the law." Make it the law if it is so crucial. If they refuse or neglect to enact that most basic proactive measure, yet they would still issue blistering criticism of Jehovah's Witnesses, what does that tell you? Something more than Capernaum is here.
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    Nana Fofana reacted to TrueTomHarley in Have JWs solved 90% of the child abuse problems plaguing the rest of the world?   
    Okay. I did and I was wrong.
    It was me who first put the quotes around "study" thus acknowleging it was not really a study, but simply an indicator, a fact, that could be built upon. Maybe it was wrong of me to do that, but we are a culture that loves to say it acts upon studies, and I saw no reason not to give it that status for purposes of discussion.
    I also said when I introduced the "study" into this thread that it "seemingly shows" a child is ten times safer in the JW environment. I dropped that qualifier in later reiterations because I was dealing with someone who seemingly accepted the 10 times better as fact and yet it made no difference to him. I took this as an indication that he had lost his senses and I repeated the "10 times better" "fact" thinking that it would eventually penetrate, but it never did. I think a million times better would not have cut it. If there was even a speck of dirt, it justified to him a flamethrower.
     
    This is the fact that was missed. Updating a year as you have done, the 355,925 notifications stem from just 225,487 children, and so it is the latter number that should be used in the calculation. (these figures are from just under the heading: "How many notifications are made to child protection services in Australia each year?" and they appear before the charts you selected from.
    The pie chart further down shows that, for whatever reason, the percentage of abuse cases that is sexual is no longer 13%, but 12% 
    Thus 12% of 225,487 eqauls 27,058 notifications of child sexual abuse - out of a total Australian population of 24, 000,000.
    The figures to be used for comparative purposes are: 
    Greater Australia:  27,058   /   24,000,000   -  which represents 11.27%
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    Jehovah's Witnesses in Australia:  12   /   67,418   -   which represents 1.78%
    Thus, the Witness organization does not prevent child sexual abuse at a rate 10 times greater than all Australia. It prevents it at a rate of 6.3 times greater than all Australia.
    You have lost me in some of your calculations, but it appears that you have qualified those notifications from all-Australia, but not the ones from the Witnesses. Some of their notifications turn out to be unsubstantiated, but you seem to assume that every one of ours are. I see no reason for that assumption. You can only compare like to like, not their 'processed' notifications to our 'unprocessed' ones.
    For that matter, there is no guarantee that each of our notifications stems from a different child. They don't in all-Australia. Maybe not with us as well.  If even two of them stemmed from the same child, that would skew the numbers hugely in our favor. 
    Is it valid to relate that, per reported figures, children would appear to be 6.3 times safer in a Witness environment? Or should they be left to suppose that it is even-steven, or even worse, for fear they may otherwise get complacent about fixing what remains?
    I will give you an experience and admittedly, I am going borderline hysterics myself, like many who have contributed to this topic. Just recently a childhood friend of my son died. He left the truth as a teenager. He subsequently developed heavy addiction problems. But for the last three months he had been clean and was once again attending meetings. His mother went to pick him up on the night of the Memorial - last night. He had apparantly relapsed and overdosed. He was dead.
    Now, I know very well that not everyone who leaves the truth developes addiction problems. And I also know that not everyone who recovers does so by becoming a Jehovah's Witness. But I  know too that opioid addiction has a 90% recidism rate. So it would have been a very fine thing, even a lifeline, had he continued coming to meetings where he could have gathered strength. And had he done that, I would not be thrilled at someone meeting him at the door and saying: "You know, we have child sexual abuse here just as much as where you come from. it might even be worse."
    No. I want them to say 'Because we make a real effort to resist child sexual abuse and have good governance to that effect, we kick it 6.3 times better than the world. And we kick opioid abuse 20 times better. And whatever wretched problem you have encountered, we kick that multiple times better as well. I guarantee that he would not have said: "Yeah, but you're not perfect, are you?"
     
     
     
     
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Julie Bayley in Yes!!! The Russian brothers and sisters enjoyed the Memorial of Christ Death.   
    Thank you for posting this. I've been thinking about the brothers & sisters in Russia & worrying how they managed to observe this year's memorial. 
    Hope all our prayers to Jehovah on behalf of all those undergoing intense persecution around the world, helped.
    I don't think I'm alone wondering wether this year's Memorial will turn out to have been the last...but whatever we love our worldwide brotherhood & just encourage one another to endure to the end & not give up! 
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Bible Speaks in Yes!!! The Russian brothers and sisters enjoyed the Memorial of Christ Death.   
    Yes!!! The Russian brothers and sisters enjoyed the Memorial of Christ Death. It was done in private homes. The brothers and sisters  sang kingdom songs very low  to avoid detection. 
    For security purposes, details about it including the video will not be posted here. If you need the video, you can kindly message me. 
    Jehovah always provide  a way  for all his servant to observe this important occasion (Psalm 43:1-7) - Thank You Jehovah! 
    #jwrussia
     

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    Nana Fofana reacted to Matthew9969 in Why does the governing body lie?   
    The governing body states that they are not to shun family members. We don't know the detail in this relationship, but keep in mind Jesus even forgave those who put Him to death.
    My daughter decided she doesn't want anything to do with Christ, does that mean I am going to shun her, never help her, no because my love for her isn't conditional, Jesus love is not conditional. Of course I won't bend to her worldly views and will continue to talk to her about truth. But won't be unloving jerk like this father is.
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    Nana Fofana reacted to TrueTomHarley in Have JWs solved 90% of the child abuse problems plaguing the rest of the world?   
    It is a simple proportion based upon straightforward facts, the simplest calculation of all, made possible because there were two groups proactive enough to keep records - the Witness organization and the Australian government itself.
    All other data is extracted from specialized subsets that are not necessarily, or even likely, representative of the whole.
     
    It is more likely to be repeated out of a desire to make a defence for the faith, which I have never imagined was a bad thing.
     
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Koontee Khan in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    bless our memorial father jehovah world wide trinidad
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    OK,  but  that  takes  time  and  we've  deep  night  just  now
    Please  wait  until  Saturday,  then  I  put  it  all  to  the  Gallery !  No problem
    Not  delete  just  now  please....  Thank  you
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    This  old  Sister,  more  than  100 years, is  greeting  us  all,  I  read  in  the  text
    HEARTLY  REGARDS  BACK  TO  YOU,  OUR  DEAR  SISTER
    GRAZIE,  FOR  HELPING  BY  THIS  MEMORIAL - CAMPAIGNE

    A  GOOD  NIGHT  MY  BROTHER'S  AND  SISTERS....   SEE  US  TMW  AFTER  THE  MEMORIAL  
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    YES....  I  AM  ENJOYING  BY  POSTING....  many  CAMPAIGNE  REMINDERS  
    (  now  coming  the  last  Campaigne  pic's  for  today...  but  still  more  about  JESUS )
    FOR  YOU  ALL  I  WISH  A  NICE  MEMORIAL - CEREMONY....
    ( I've  to  7.30pm )   GERMAN - TIME....
    We're  2  Congregation's  with  changing  times,  every  year
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    LET'S  HOPE, THEY ALL WILL FIND MANY PEOPLE WITH A GOOD HEART
    ( now  the  next,  nice  and  happy  photo's..)   I  HOPE, YOU  ALL  ENJOY ?
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    AND  ALMOST  THE  NEXT  12  PHOTO'S.....   ENJOY !    ( some  min.)
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Queen Esther in The last INVITATIONS, for ALL people around the world ❤ (many happy pic's)   
    In  ALL  languages,  all  Countries  and  Islands,  Little  ones  until  our  older  ones
    WE  WANT  REACH  SO  MANY  PEOPLE  AS  POSSIBLE  
    In  few  minutes,  I  post  the  next  different 10, 20  photos....
    please  look  our  dear  Brothers & Sisters,  ENJOY
    MAY JEHOVAH BLESS OUR GREAT
    *MEMORIAL-CAMPAIGNE*
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Space Merchant in Why won't they announce the reason for disfellowshipping or disassociation?   
    Another thing is today's society seems to be very open and accepts pedophilia, child grooming and marriage and all that sort of things to the point it is now legal for a young person in the US to be forced to marry their rapist - laws made by men of which many, many people oppose. It is good to be against such things for they are indeed bad, but the reality is people do not go for the individuals, they go for a whole group, and such will pose as a problem, smart people tend to deal with such the smart way and not condemn an entire group, an example, the police, for the actions of a few, for if one police officer shoots and kills an child, execution style in her sleep, only this police officer should be dealt with, not the entire force for that district. The same thing applies for any person being the cause of violence, murder, rape, child abuse, etc. But apparently, people nowadays are not going about things the right way compared to the few who do, those who know the laws of the land.
    And yes, the laws vary from state to state on how some issues are handled and or dealt with, examples like sentencing and or the death penalty, but even with that in mind, not many people tend to be aware of what these laws are, in addition, not every American even knows even about the Constitution of United States of America, of which is the bread and butter of the land - for if anyone paid attention to the March for your lives event, majority of the individuals do not know what this is and even though their cause is just, it can prove far more damage to what will happen in the future. In short, they'll ignore it and expect things to go good as time progress, which is evidently wrong, but those who are aware tends to think otherwise.
     
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    Nana Fofana reacted to TrueTomHarley in Why won't they announce the reason for disfellowshipping or disassociation?   
    Putting some final touches on the Pedophilia chapter, I managed to replace something bland with something more specific, resulting in this:
    "It is similar today with the sexual abuse of children. Present protective policy has been extraordinarily long in coming. In 1987, Cleveland social workers and pediatricians removed over 100 children from their families suspected of sexual abuse. Public outcry was such, fueled by media alleging ‘overzealous’ and ‘intrusive’ agency overreach, that most were promptly returned, despite genuine evidence of abuse. Lucy Delap, writing for History and Policy, credits ‘feminist campaigners’ with making the protection of children a priorty, and states “clear guidelines for best practice were not established until the 1990s.”"
    From:   
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. It does not change the specifics here. But it does add context. Since "clear guidelines for best practice were not established until the 1990s” it seems one can only go so far in the criticism of any agency operating during that time. As late as 1987, public opinion was firmly against "breaking up families'" for sexual abuse allegations, even where creditable. Furthermore, "where evidence of sexual assault emerged, the reaction of welfare workers was to limit harm, often by removing a child from an abusive situation. Reporting of abuse and securing convictions was a secondary concern."
     
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Raquel Segovia in ¿Qué es el Reino de Dios? ¿Demostramos que lo queremos?   
    Aprendamos pág. 232
     
    ¿CONOCES la oración que Jesús les enseñó a sus discípulos?... Si no, podemos leerla juntos en la Biblia, en 
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . Esta oración, que muchas personas llaman el padrenuestro, dice en parte: “Venga tu reino”. ¿Sabes qué es el Reino de Dios?... En la Biblia, un reino es una forma de gobierno. Hoy en día también hay otros tipos de gobierno. En algunos de ellos, el que dirige el país es el presidente. Pero en el gobierno que Dios ha prometido, que recibe el nombre de Reino, el gobernante es el Rey.
    ¿Sabes a quién escogió Jehová Dios para que fuera el Rey de su gobierno?... A su Hijo, Jesucristo. ¿Por qué es Jesús el mejor gobernante, mejor que cualquier otro que los hombres pudieran escoger?... Porque, como él ama de verdad a su Padre, siempre hace lo que está bien.
    Mucho antes de que Jesús naciera en Belén, la Biblia predijo que vendría a la Tierra y que llegaría a ser el gobernante escogido por Dios. Vamos a leer 
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. : “Porque un niño nos ha nacido, un hijo nos ha sido dado, y el gobierno reposará sobre sus hombros; y se llamará [...] Príncipe de Paz. El aumento de su gobierno y [el] de la paz no tendrán fin” (cursivas nuestras; La Biblia de las Américas, notas). ¿Sabes por qué se le llama “Príncipe” al Gobernante del Reino de Dios?... Porque un príncipe es el hijo de un rey, y Jesús es el Hijo del Gran Rey, Jehová. Pero Jehová también ha nombrado a Jesús Rey de su Reino, que gobernará la Tierra durante mil años (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Después de su bautismo, Jesús “comenzó a predicar y a decir: ‘Arrepiéntanse, porque el reino de los cielos se ha acercado’” (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). ¿Por qué crees que Jesús dijo a quienes lo rodeaban que el Reino se había acercado?... Porque el Rey, que después reinaría en el cielo, estaba entre ellos. Por eso, Jesús les declaró: “El reino de Dios está en medio de ustedes” (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). ¿No te gustaría tener al Rey escogido por Jehová tan cerca que hasta pudieras tocarlo?... Entonces, dime: ¿qué obra importante vino a realizar Jesús a la Tierra?... Él mismo contestó esa pregunta diciendo: “También a otras ciudades tengo que declarar las buenas nuevas del reino de Dios, porque para esto fui enviado” (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Pero Jesús sabía que no podría realizar toda la obra de predicación él solo. Por eso, ¿qué crees que hizo?...   ¿Qué obra vino a hacer Jesús a la Tierra?
    Jesús llevó a otras personas a predicar con él para mostrarles cómo efectuar esa obra. Los primeros a quienes enseñó fueron sus doce apóstoles (
    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. ). Pero ¿les enseñó a predicar solo a ellos? No, la Biblia dice que también enseñó a muchos otros discípulos. Con el tiempo, envió a setenta de ellos de dos en dos. ¿Qué le predicaban a la gente?... Jesús les dio las siguientes instrucciones: “Sigan diciéndoles: ‘El reino de Dios se ha acercado a ustedes’” (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). De esa forma, la gente aprendió sobre el gobierno de Dios. Mucho tiempo antes, en Israel, los reyes recién nombrados acostumbraban entrar en la ciudad montados en un pollino, o asno joven, para que el pueblo los viera. Eso mismo hizo Jesús cuando visitó Jerusalén por última vez. Sabemos que Jesús iba a ser el Gobernante del Reino de Dios, pero ¿quería la gente que fuera su Rey?...
    Bueno, la mayoría de la gente empezó a tender sus mantos sobre el camino por donde él iba a pasar. Otros cortaron ramas de palmera y también las pusieron en el camino. De esa forma demostraban que querían a Jesús como Rey. Gritaban: “¡Bendito es El que viene como Rey en el nombre de Jehová!”. Pero no todo el mundo estaba contento. De hecho, algunos líderes religiosos incluso le pidieron a Jesús: ‘Dile a tus discípulos que se callen’ (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ).   ¿Por qué cambió la gente de opinión y ya no quería que Jesús fuera su rey?
    Cinco días después, Jesús fue arrestado y llevado al palacio del gobernador, Poncio Pilato. Los enemigos de Jesús lo acusaban de decir que era rey y de oponerse al gobierno romano. Pilato lo interrogó, pero Jesús le mostró que no estaba intentando tomar el control del gobierno. Le dijo: “Mi reino no es parte de este mundo” (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Pilato entonces salió y le dijo a la gente que no encontraba nada malo en Jesús. Pero ellos ya no querían que Jesús fuera su Rey, ni que lo pusieran en libertad (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Después de volver a hablar con Jesús, Pilato estaba convencido de que no había hecho nada malo, así que sacó a Jesús fuera por última vez y dijo: “¡Miren! ¡Su rey!”. Pero la gente gritó: “¡Quítalo! ¡Quítalo! ¡Al madero con él!”. Pilato preguntó: “¿A su rey fijo en un madero?”, y los sacerdotes principales contestaron: “No tenemos más rey que César”. ¿Te imaginas? Aquellos sacerdotes malvados habían logrado poner al pueblo en contra de Jesús (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). En nuestros días ocurre algo muy parecido. La mayoría de las personas no quieren en realidad que Jesús sea su Rey. Tal vez afirmen que creen en Dios, pero no quieren que ni Dios ni Cristo les digan lo que deben hacer. Prefieren establecer sus propios gobiernos.
    ¿Y nosotros? Cuando aprendemos sobre el Reino de Dios y todas las cosas maravillosas que hará, ¿qué sentimos hacia Dios?... Amor, ¿verdad?... Entonces, ¿cómo podemos demostrarle que lo amamos y que deseamos que su Reino nos gobierne?...
      ¿Por qué se bautizó Jesús, y cómo mostró Dios que lo aprobaba?
    Imitando el ejemplo de Jesús. ¿Cómo demostró Jesús que amaba a Jehová?... “Yo siempre hago las cosas que le agradan”, explicó (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Sí, Jesús vino a la Tierra ‘para hacer la voluntad de Dios’ y para “terminar su obra” (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. ). Veamos qué hizo antes de comenzar su obra de predicación. Jesús fue a donde estaba Juan el Bautista, en el río Jordán. Después de meterse los dos en el río, Juan sumergió a Jesús completamente en el agua y entonces lo sacó. ¿Sabes por qué lo bautizó Juan?...
      ¿Dónde podemos hablar con otras personas sobre el Reino de Dios?
    Jesús se lo pidió. Pero ¿cómo sabemos que Dios quería que Jesús se bautizara?... Porque cuando Jesús salió del agua, escuchó la voz de Dios que decía desde el cielo: “Tú eres mi Hijo, el amado; yo te he aprobado”. Dios hasta envió su espíritu santo en forma de paloma sobre Jesús. Al bautizarse, Jesús demostró que quería servir a Jehová toda su vida, para siempre (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Tú eres pequeño todavía, pero ¿qué harás cuando crezcas?... ¿Seguirás el ejemplo de Jesús y te bautizarás?... Deberías hacerlo, pues la Biblia dice que él dejó un ‘modelo para que sigamos sus pasos con sumo cuidado y atención’ (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Cuando te bautices, estarás demostrando que realmente quieres que el Reino de Dios te gobierne. Pero bautizarse no es suficiente. Tenemos que obedecer todo lo que Jesús enseñó. Jesús dijo que no debemos ser “parte del mundo”. ¿Estaríamos obedeciéndole si participáramos en las cosas del mundo? Jesús y sus apóstoles se mantuvieron alejados de ellas (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Entonces, ¿a qué se dedicaron?... A hablar del Reino de Dios. Esa fue la obra principal en sus vidas. ¿Podemos hacer nosotros lo mismo?... Sí, y lo haremos si somos sinceros cuando le oramos a Dios pidiendo que venga su Reino. Vamos a buscar otros textos donde se explica cómo podemos demostrar que deseamos que venga el Reino de Dios: 
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    Nana Fofana reacted to TrueTomHarley in Why won't they announce the reason for disfellowshipping or disassociation?   
    I take it back. I do know a certain @Nana Fofana who probably appreciates it and veers down that same nebulous path herself. 
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    Nana Fofana reacted to Space Merchant in Why won't they announce the reason for disfellowshipping or disassociation?   
    Depends on which Unitarian is which. There are some who do not believe Jesus pre-existed, and there are some who do - it is no red pill, blue pill situation.
    Prey? Your typing has started to break throughout your sentence.
    With that last comment, there is a huge difference in an Arian and a Semi-Arian, as well as a Subornationist, last I recall, I refuted 2 individuals here regarding Arian based worship, for instance, showing total religious worship and servitude to the Son and not the Father, things of that nature, a minor thing makes the difference and since there is already a thread with what I said, I do not feel the need to repeat myself.
    Lastly, you just posted a mere pdf, not realizing how many Unitarian groups even exist, which one are you talking about? I can tell you right there the majority is Universal Unitarianism and they are not the type to agree with the rest of the tribe (other Unitarians).
     
    anyways, if I may add, I recommend getting a new keyboard if that is the cause of your questionable typing, if not, your current may be needing of a good cleansing - but if you are joking around, I remain unfazed.
    That being said, some of us are basically Non-Trinitarians, which as as simple as it gets.
     

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