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  1. Absolutely true. I had just thought I'd start in with the first of many factual problems with the quote, but decided I could leave that up to others. We can compare Memorial notes later.
  2. I never claimed that I wouldn't be judged for it, but I'm not worried. That was my point in the first place, that we so often judge others harshly when so much of what they do is merely ignorance but often with the right motivation. A zeal sometimes, but without knowledge. For example, a couple of years back someone showed on these same forums (jw-archive, actually), a picture of the aftermath of a burnt Christmas tree and burnt presents, a lot of fire damage, and who knows, maybe even a melted nativity scene among the burnt wreckage. At least one poster was positively gleeful that they got wh
  3. Absolutely. Also, these days a lot more flights get cancelled, delayed and/or turn into stop-over nightmares. And, the various airlines no longer honor each other's tickets, so you are stuck with the schedule of a single airline. Plus, they book the smallest planes possible from every hub, meaning that there are fewer flexible passengers to choose from.
  4. I don't know. But every single Easter Sermon that I have read, from modern times going back to the 1700's --and I've read about 20-- appears to revolve around this exact idea. And so did the separate lessons for children. Of course, in the 1600's through the early 1800's a majority of Protestants in this country also thought that celebrating Christmas was wrong.
  5. "Omelette" you have that one. It spoils it for me too. Although during the Memorial season, I still celebrate Easter in the sense that with the family, I have always tried to get them to meditate on the events over the following weekend to imagine what probably happened on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and then Sunday. And Sunday is a day to reflect on the awe and wonder and celebratory mood that Jesus' first followers must have had. When Memorial lands earlier in the week this is a perfect opportunity to extend the event into a "teachable moment" that lasts for several more days.
  6. In a sense, YES. Originally the Watchtower tied it more strictly to the Jewish calendar, and under Russell and Rutherford, it only landed near Easter Sunday on those particular times when the Jewish calendar coincided with the "catholic" method of defining Easter on the calendar. After Rutherford, the calendar choice the Watchtower has assigned ALWAYS coincides with the "catholic" method of defining Easter, so that we are always celebrating Memorial within a week of Easter, and therefore in the same season. This makes it much easier to explain "the reason for the season" to interested per
  7. That's what happens when you don't "volunteer" to give up a seat on an overbooked flight. They randomly pick someone to get literally pulled off the plane. Yet, the airlines overbook on purpose, knowing that they almost never get 100% to show up, at which point they can usually accommodate a few stand-by travelers to fill up the plane. I have been on many planes where an attendant asked for volunteers to get off the plane for the next flight home (often the next day), and it usually comes with an offer for a local hotel, a couple of meal vouchers, and a free round-trip flight to be used l
  8. Good point. When the activity of the first few years after Jesus' death included people of many nations (beginning at Pentecost) this must have answered the question for them. Technically, they could have reasoned that Jesus' command in Matthew 28 would be fulfilled if at least one person from every nation became a disciple. Yet, they saw that quick spread among all the [known] nations of the Roman Empire and realized that the "world" was being turned up-side-down by their teaching. Technically, even Matthew 24 didn't require that those nations be thoroughly preached in, only that the good new
  9. I think it was the main talk at the 2006 Special Assembly Day called "Be Intensely Occupied With God's Inspired Word." Rumor has it that the brother who gave it was "demoted" from his "district convention" speaking assignments for going off-script. The 2007 "district convention" had a talk called "Do Not Follow After False Stories" where this same talk was alluded to.
  10. True. It's a bit of a stretch. Besides, the same people who might have made the decision about inviting students may not have known what was going to be discussed last Wednesday. The article just needed a new angle and this one wasn't much in the way of getting to the real reasons behind what they reported.
  11. No. Not even a Governing Body "Helper." Don't know anything about his current assignments. Here is the list of current Governing Body "Helpers:" Helpers to Governing Body Committees Coordinators’ Committee John Ekrann Robert Wallen Personnel Committee Gerald Grizzle Patrick LaFranca Daniel Molchan Ralph Walls
  12. Bro. Rayford. 10 years ago. Nothing to see here. An article in the 2006 Watchtower had just come out that said that Matthew 24:14 had already been fulfilled in Paul's day, and the end had already come, too: *** w06 2/1 p. 24 pars. 11-12 “A Witness to All the Nations” *** 11 Jehovah richly blessed the efforts of those and other zealous workers. Less than 30 years after Jesus foretold that there would be a witness to all the nations, Paul wrote that the “good news” had been “preached in all creation that is under heaven.” (Colossians 1:23) Did the end then come? In a sense, yes
  13. Could just be an interpretation or two on top of a mix-up, but it seemed quite possible to me that the idea was to show that JWs are corrupting the youth. This is a really old-school technique, since it was used on Socrates. The article said that much of the day was spent discussing the JW view of blood transfusions. This argument has more negative effect when people view how the doctrine affects young people.
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    Russia’s Phony Jehovah’s Witnesses How state television framed a bunch of university students to make this Christian group seem extra scary. April 10, 2017 — 18:47 — Update: 18:46 By Daria Litvinova and Katie Davies
  14. *** it-1 p. 253 Baptism *** The passage at 1 Corinthians 15:29 is variously rendered by translators: “What shall they do which are baptized for the dead?” (KJ); “on behalf of their dead?” (AT); “on behalf of the dead?” (NE); “for the purpose of being dead ones?” (NW) I think the Mormons wait until the person is dead, no? Isn't this why they are so interested in genealogies?
  15. (Philippians 2:8-11) . . .. 9 For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground— 11 and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Not all sentient life can speak. Earthworms for example, not that you needed an example. Yet earthworms are under the ground. I think we should limit it to those with tongues and with the ability to openly acknowledge
  16. @Bible Speaks There is still no evidence that Easter has anything to do with Ishtar. Seriously, it's no more of a link than to claim that Easter came from Queen Esther, or even that eggs contain cholesterol. I'm sure it's true that there was a lot of folklore that claimed there was a "god" of the West, North, South, and, of course, also the East (the dawn), but this is not so different than saying that there is an angel in charge of each of the four corners (directions) of the earth. (Revelation 7:1, 2) . . .After this I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding
  17. I have not seen any direct evidence that it was sarin gas. The evidence for such things has been proffered before by "white helmets" whose members have been caught involved in the heinous types of crimes they want to pretend are only being perpetrated by others. They have kidnapped and beheaded children and then used children in their humanitarian PR to see if they can get powers like the US to intercede on their behalf. Some of the first proofs were made by showing undamaged canisters as if that was the way to drop sarin gas from airplanes. And if the amounts necessary to cause the kinds of d
  18. But how do we know that the name didn't come from Queen "Esther" or the fact that eggs have cholESTERol? In any case, I think that eggs should be OVOIDed.
  19. The Wikipedia article on Easter Egg gives a picture of one these styled eggs and says it is from a Greek Orthodox Church
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    : Red coloured Easter egg with Christian cross, from the Saint Kosmas Aitolos Greek Orthodox Monastery I suspect the same. The writer proba
  20. @ARchiv@L That reference, as you know, includes not just Josephus, but TACITUS. Thanks for the link. I'll copy the paragraph about him. *** w10 4/1 p. 15 Did You Know? *** A number of secular writers who lived close to the time of Jesus made specific mention of him. Among them was Cornelius Tacitus, who recorded the history of Rome under the emperors. Regarding a fire that devastated Rome in 64 C.E., Tacitus relates that it was rumored that Emperor Nero was responsible for the disaster. Nero, says Tacitus, tried to place the blame on a group whom the populace called Christians. Tacitus
  21. This particular reference to Jesus is more often considered to be a true part of the original work of Josephus. There is another Josephus reference that is almost always considered to be a forged interpolation. This one appears to not have the "earmarks" of a forged interpolation, but there are still questions about it. Another reference or two is found in the Talmud, and these are polemic and from a couple hundred years later, potentially, which makes them less valuable as contemporary history. There is also SEUTONIUS, a Roman historian alive from about 69 to 122 who wrote: "The Liv
  22. I have no interest in celebrating Easter, and it's obvious that the rabbit and egg fertility symbols are completely out of place. I'm glad that the Watchtower points these things out. But there does come a point when, just because we don't like something, we tend to believe anything bad about it. In fact, one of the source sites for this information is here:
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