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    This has to be good Halloween and Valentine’s Day have been canceled for elementary-school students in a Michigan district over concerns about being “inclusive” and “equitable.” East Lansing Public Schools informed parents of the decision to cancel the two holidays this week, the Lansing State Journal reports. The celebrations were dropped because of concerns over hurt feelings by kids in families who don’t want them to participate, the district’s elementary-school principals said in a joint letter to parents. “Each year, along with the fun of Halloween parties and parades, we also have students whose families do not celebrate or feel comfortable with their children participating in Halloween festivities,” the principals wrote. “We have young children who become overwhelmed and sometimes frightened of the costumes and others who come to school with no costume at all.” Officials also added that it was difficult for students to remain concentrated on classwork amid Halloween celebrations. As for Valentine’s Day, the principals said some families and students “do not feel comfortable with the idea of boys and girls exchanging valentines or participating in a celebration that focuses on ‘love.’ “While some students bring valentines to exchange, others do not,” the principals wrote. “In our upper elementary classrooms, the exchange of valentines sometimes leads to classroom drama and teasing.” Assistant Superintendent Glenn Mitcham said Halloween and Valentine’s Day could still be incorporated into the curriculum – they just won’t be celebrated going forward. As an example, he said classes could measure a pumpkin to learn about its circumference. “We’re striving hard at East Lansing Public Schools to be a district that is equitable and inclusive for all families,” the principals wrote. The news comes just days after a Seattle elementary school announced it had canceled its annual Halloween parade this year – because it “marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday.” Some Jehovah’s Witnesses, evangelical Christians and Muslims are among those who do not celebrate Halloween. The decision to cancel the Pumpkin Parade at Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary School was made by the Racial Equity Team. Well I think that is one piece of good news.
  1. Um, relying on material possesions instead of relying on Almighty God through Jesus Christ. And Jesus said, recorded at Matthew 19:21 Berean Study BibleJesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” The complete opposite to having hidden material wealth. Oh, where is the faith of this wicked generation ?
  2. This is not Watchtower teaching as we've already mentioned.
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    God’s appointed Judge is Christ Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus will “judge the living and the dead.” (2 Timothy 4:1) Who are “the living” that will be judged? How will the dead come to life again on “the inhabited earth”? Jesus Judges “the Living” We are now nearing the foretold end of the present system of things, when God will destroy all elements of corrupt human society and remove the wicked. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged.—Revelation 7:9-14; 19:11-16. During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.—Revelation 5:10; 14:1-4; 20:4-6. So please give us a straight answer. Who is right, You or the Watchtower / JW Org ? I don't see a link to the Watchtower article for this. Shame as it would be nice to read it in context. I think right now there is a big difference between the 'wicked' and the 'unrighteous'.
  3. They never were 'distress pangs'. that was just a false teaching of the Watchtower. Funny how now You call it Birth Pangs, the scripture has always called it that. Matthew 24:8 New International VersionAll these are the beginning of birth pains. New Living TranslationBut all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. English Standard VersionAll these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Berean Study BibleAll these are the beginning of birth pains. Berean Literal BibleAnd all these are the beginning of birth pains. New American Standard BibleBut all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains. NASB 1995“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. NASB 1977“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Christian Standard BibleAll these events are the beginning of labor pains. Holman Christian Standard BibleAll these events are the beginning of birth pains.
  4. Zechariah 8: 22 & 23 And many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek Jehovah of armies in Jerusalem and to beg for the favor of Jehovah.’23 “This is what Jehovah of armies says, ‘In those days ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will take firm hold of the robe of a Jew, saying: “We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.” " Was this a one time happening, or is it prophecy ? If it is prophecy then the JEW must be Spiritual and not just one person. And if God is with the JEW = Spiritual Jews = Anointed, then are those Anointed inspired or just guided by God ? ------------------------------------------------------------------ Acts 2 : 17 & 18 17 ‘“And in the last days,” God says, “I will pour out some of my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams, 18 and even on my male slaves and on my female slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. We know this was fulfilled at that time as mentioned in Acts, but is it still a prophecy for our time ? It says 'in the Last Days', and we are lving in the Last Days. It says God will 'pour out some of His spirit'. Is that to inspire or to guide those mentioned ? Surely they would need to be inspired to be able to prophesy ? The scripture must mean TRUE prophecy so it would need TRUE inspiration. But when ?
  5. John 5 : 28 & 29 28Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29and come out— those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. So the faithful ones will get a resurrection to LIFE, not judgement. Jesus was sent to the lost House of Israel. Those that believed Jesus were to be of Spiritual Israel. Those of Spiritual Israel do not get a second judgement. It was Spiritual Israel / Christ's bride that Jesus died for. Christ's death does not cover the Earthly Class as yet. Revelation 5 : 9&10 And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kingsr over the earth.” The Chosen ones. The ones Christ died for. Some of those Anointed are still living and will not have 'proven' themselves until their death or until they are taken up from this Earth. So then how has that 'thousand years' finished ? Unless you are saying all the Anointed HAVE NOW proved themselves. I disagree with you entirely on all this....
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    Allegations also say other elders threatened to sue family of victim if they referred abuse complaint to law enforcement. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a local woman who said she was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child by an elder at the Rockland Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rockport. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 30 in the Knox County court against the Rockport congregation and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. The woman said she was molested multiple occasions between 1993 and 1996 when she was 11 to 13 years old. The victim disclosed to her mother about the abuse in 1996 and the mother immediately informed the other elders of the congregation, the lawsuit stated. Instead of investigating the allegations or removing the elder from his position, the elders threatened a lawsuit against the victim’s family if they went public. That pressure led the family not to report the abuse to law enforcement, according to the lawsuit. Shortly after the woman reported the abuse, the congregation disfellowshipped her, with the elder who said she abused her being on the judicial committee that took the action. Bigos said the Washington man who molested the young woman remains an elder and is the registered agent for the congregation. According to the lawsuit, at age 17 the victim wanted to rejoin the Jehovah’s Witnesses along her with then-boyfriend but she was told she would need to recant her abuse allegation. The lawsuit also alleges that Watchtower would issue policies to elders and among these recommendations were to report allegations of child molestation to Watchtower rather than law enforcement. The elders should also not warn the congregation of threats posed by an accused child abuser, and the elders should not cooperate when confronted with a search warrant but instead contact Watchtower. Now whether this is hyped up, or if it's just advertising for the Laywers, or even if it's false news. The point is that this CSA reporting against the JW Org is not going away. Will members of the public be 'turned off' from communicating with JWs because of this ? Especially as this Elder still holds his position in the congregation. Yes CSA IS everywhere, but that does not help the org.
  6. Are you suggesting that the whole congregation are the 'Church' ? I would have thought the 'Temple' is the Anointed, and therefore I would think the 'Church' is the Anointed also. Am I wrong ? 1 Corinthians 3:16 Berean Study BibleDo you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- I think you remarked that I use the BSB and you seemed to dislike this ? I do compare it with the NWT but if none are inspired then does it matter that I find the BSB easier to read ? Do you have a suggestion as to a better translation ?
  7. I was wondering, If a person that had been disfellowshipped or left the JW Org and now wanted to return. How would a person make it known that they wanted to return ? What would be the proceedure since Kingdom Halls are closed ? How would a person prove that they really wanted to return ? I've always thought it very sad that when an ex-JW entered a KH, that no one would talk to them. I would have thought that it would show love to welcome that person into the meeting. However there are no KH meetings right now. So what would an ex-JW do ? (I'll await all the hate comments from certain people ) This topic is not a 'confession' that I want to return.
  8. Rutherford said "MILLIONS now living will never die", and at that time there were not even one million of 'them'. But then he 'invented' the Jehovah's Witnesses, and then something happened where the teaching became 'Only JW's will survive because the Org is the 'New Ark'. @JW Insider has written that the 'feeling in the Org' is not to guess how many wil be saved. --------------------------------------------------------------------- This is from the Watchtower as I've shown before.
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    Jesus Judges “the Living” We are now nearing the foretold end of the present system of things, when God will destroy all elements of corrupt human society and remove the wicked. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged.—Revelation 7:9-14; 19:11-16. During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.—Revelation 5:10; 14:1-4; 20:4-6. ( That is the Judging of those that live through Armageddon. ) Judging “the Dead” The Bible says that during Judgment Day the dead will “rise up.” (Matthew 12:41) Jesus said that “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28, 29) This is not referring to disembodied souls of those who have died. The dead are totally unconscious and do not have a soul that survives death. (Ecclesiastes 9:5; John 11:11-14, 23, 24) Jesus will bring those asleep in death back to life again on earth. Will the judgment of resurrected ones be based on what they did before their death? No. The Bible teaches that “he who has died has been acquitted from his sin.” (Romans 6:7) So, like those who survive the end of this system, those resurrected to life on earth will be judged “according to their deeds” during Judgment Day. (Revelation 20:12, 13) Depending on the final outcome of their actions, this will turn out to be either a resurrection that results in everlasting life or a resurrection that results in destruction. Many of those restored to life will for the first time come to know about Jehovah God and his requirements for life. They will have the opportunity to live in harmony with God’s will and receive everlasting life on earth. ( So the Living and the resurrected Dead will ALL be judged, according to Watchtower teachings ) Rando says that the living are being judged now, and that makes sense. But this W/t information says the Living will be judged after Armageddon. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged. Anna said it is the resurrected dead that will be judged during the 1,000 years. She is right but it will also include those that live through Armageddon. So, like those who survive the end of this system, those resurrected to life on earth will be judged “according to their deeds” during Judgment Day. Arauna, In your comment above Ezekiel 9 talks about the angel with the inkpot that will mark everyone for survival through Armageddon. We are in this period right now! The winds of destruction are being held back for the 144000 to be sealed and also for the great crowd to be marked! We are marked according to our Christian personality. ................ The bible itself says they must have the name of the father AND the son! If you read your bible regularly you will feel guilty over any behavior that is unacceptable to Jehovah and adjust it according to the righteous standards of God - being NICE is NOT the criteria! Accepting Jehovah and his Son means that we also accept those "principles " which most people find tedious and unnecessary! I agree with this. But I note you do not say that one 'has to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses' Which then brings me back to the point of the JW teaching, that one has to be a baptised JW to be saved'. Remember how the teaching about the Superior Authorities (Romans) was taught properly by Russell/Rutherford (one of them), but then is was misused by the Watchtower / JW org. Then eventually it got put right again. Well maybe Rutherford was right about the Millions outside of the 'fold' being saved, but then the Watchtower / JW Org misused the idea. Maybe it will swing back the other way soon.
  9. In the countries where CSA is reported it is mainly because government deparments have investigated ALL religions and clubs etc that involve children being close to adults. Even charities are investigated for CSA. It's very strange that the USA doesn't seem to be investigating on a large scale. Here in UK the Charity Commision and the IICSA have both been involved in deep investigations of CSA in religions. I believe that the Australian Royal Commision started with the investigation of the Catholic church.
  10. I challenge you to find even one post where i have said I know who 'the real F&DS and Anointed' are >>>>>>>>>>> I use the words True Anointed because the GB / Watchtower have written that 'many of the ones taking the Emblems are mentally ill and not actually Anointed ones. I've also said that in my opinion God through Christ will bring forward the True Anointed remnant and establish them in their rightful place. But I've never said and never written that I know who they are. In fact I don't think there is a F&DS right now. Hence I am Patiently waiting for Truth, and waiting for those True Anointed ones that will guide us to truth. That's a bit like saying, you would rather jump on a train going in the wrong direction, rather than waiting for the right train.
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    Jesus Judges “the Living” We are now nearing the foretold end of the present system of things, when God will destroy all elements of corrupt human society and remove the wicked. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged.—Revelation 7:9-14; 19:11-16. During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.—Revelation 5:10; 14:1-4; 20:4-6. Anna, this is talking about the Survivors that live through 'this system's end'. But they must have already been judged worth saving, and, they must have been hiding somewhere safe, because that picture looks like ALL people are being killed. When we think of Sodom and Gomorrah, everyone there was destroyed. This image, and many more like it, seem to be based on the destruction on Soddom and Gomorrah, complete destruction. What you say makes sense, but it isn't what the WT article says.
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    @JW Insider Images like this do not seem to make much sense to me.
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    Quote : Judgment Day will be a period of a thousand years during which humans will have the opportunity to regain what Adam and Eve lost. If JUDGEMENT DAY is 1,000 years long, and the judge is Jesus Christ, then what exactly is happening here ? This image happening would have to mean that ALL those people have ALREADY BEEN JUDGED. I'm getting the feeling that Armageddon and Judgement Day are two seperate things. This picture looks like Armageddon. But I would have thought that Armageddon was only the destruction of the 'wicked' people. Hence the 'wicked' would already have been judged prior to the Judgement Day. This image looks to be killing indiscriminatly. So when would this take place ? Would this be at the end of the 1,000 years, the destruction of all those that would not serve God through Christ ? It seriously does not make sense to me.
  11. This comment is totally off topic but it sort of made me laugh when I read it. It does not stumble me in any way because I know the dead do not have a 'soul' that floats off anywhere, but :-
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    This is not referring to disembodied souls of those who have died. The dead are totally unconscious and do not have a soul that survives death. Revelation 20:4-6 Play 4 And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls* of those executed* for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand.a And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christb for 1,000 years. I know it's not a contradiction but it made me smile.
  12. To be honest, from my viewpoint, this is all tongue in cheek. It helps me to laugh at some of the accusations that are flung at me by certain ones...... I do however find that I am 'condemned to death' by those I've mentioned. It seems to be a patern.
  13. @JW Insider Thank you for this fantastic comment above. Very constructive and very informative. I like this bit :- The issues that come into play are about how many non-Christians were expected to be saved through Armageddon. Russell had given his opinion that only a very few would be "slaughtered" and that the vast majority of mankind living would accept the government that came to the fore after Armageddon (and Rutherford had not yet adjusted this view). In fact, as late as 1928, Rutherford could claim that he had not changed "a jot or tittle" from Russell's "Studies in the Scriptures." Russell must have thought that Armageddon would not be as destructive as some magazines had shown, and that the ones slaughterd would have been on an individual basis, to allow the majority to survive. I am actually of that opinion myself. I like the scripture where Jesus says Berean Literal BibleAnd Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid it; for whoever is not against us is for us." (Luke 9 : 50) To me this has a deeper meaning. I think this is a very sad change of thought, and I don't believe it to be true. I think this also is sad. And once again i do not believe it to be true to what will actually happen. We know that 'the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one', but it doesn't mean that all people in that 'world' are deliberately wicked. From a Christian loving viewpoint it seems that Russell, and even Rutherford at first, had a very merciful and loving heart. But as the JW Org has 'progessed' it seems to have become a very hardened heart throughout. Would you be kind enough to tell me the 'official standpoint' / teaching / doctrine of the Watchtower/GB/Org, as to who will survive Armageddon and what Armageddon will consit of. Or where would i find the answer ? Thank you once again for your time and patience on this topic.
  14. This is the most loving and sensible comment I have read from you. However, you did note that he repented of his sins, and I would think he was not of the Anointed at the time of his sins. Now, the colateral damage caused by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Wtnesses, that GB proclaiming to be of the Anointed. Is there such forgiveness of sins for Anointed ones ? That is not for me to judge. But the GB seem to continue to 'sin' against the Anointed ones and continue to say that only the GB are the F&DS. Perhaps if they were to step down and repent for their sins, they may be forgiven, that's not for me to judge.
  15. what 'Truth' is that then ? You cannot mean the JW Org. I was just thinking that most of the aggression on this forum seems to come from those people who say they are JWs. As for puppies, they consume meat, they poop everywhere and they need constant care. When I go walking I wear these large 'cans' (blue headphones) attached to an MP3, and I listen to music. People look at me and laugh. An old man wearing 'cans'. Then I look at all the people carrying little red bags. Bags of poo which they have to clean up when their little doggy has pood in a public place. My 'cans' provide pleasure and need no attention. I laugh at all these people trying to pick up all the poo. And this is because it's big business. People here in England sell puppies for hundreds of pounds.
  16. But the TRUE 'Church' is the ANOINTED. I'm sure you already know that Aruana. The Temple of Living Stones with Jesus Christ as the Corner Stone. The church isn't a building and it isn't a religion.
  17. I am happy that my questions have provided food for thought. It is rather a shame that they have brought some comments from people who appear to be spiritualy unwell (Rando) and from people that just wish to divert conversation. I would love you to widen out on this part of your comment Anna. I don't actually know the very latest teaching on this. I was taught that a person must be a baptised JW to be 'in the Ark' of the Organisation, but I don't know if that is still taught so strictly. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ On another note : I was quite surprised to find that Mr Rando is in the JW ONLY club. Someone must think that Rando is really a JW ???
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