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A topic, or more of a number of questions ? I've been pondering and trying to research a few things. But the problem I've found in trying to research is that people have their own agenda and will write according to it. They have their own predetermined answer and will therefore write accordingly. I am therefore not starting with a predetermined set of answers, but am asking questions, as many of you have great experience and knowledge. I'm looking at the 1st Century Christian 'organisation', at the 12, at the Apostle Paul, and at the warning and destruction of Jerusalem which I think happened in 70 C. E. One point I was looking to discover was, when did the 1st Century Christians leave Jerusalem, based on the warning from Jesus. About thirty-seven years before the destruction, Jesus had foretold the terrible events that would follow his death. He warned his followers to immediately flee Jerusalem when the signs he predicted occurred. The Christian community carefully watched for the signs and followed the Savior’s warning. Epiphanes also attested to the Christian escape, according to Bible scholar Adam Clarke. The latter wrote: “It is very remarkable that not a single Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem,......" Vespasian was approaching with his army, all who believed in Christ left Jerusalem and fled to Pella, and other places beyond the river Jordan; and so they all marvellously escaped Pella must not have been the only destination of fleeing Christians, but it was the most prominent at the time. The flight to Pella took place in A.D. 66 during the attack by Gallus. So I'm now looking to find out where the 12 Apostles went and exactly when they left Jerusalem ? AND, importantly, Did they stay together as a 'body' or did they go separate ways ? As a side note here I find that the NWT has it that the book of Acts was written in 61, whereas others believe it to be written in 66. The Governing Body of CCJW give the impression that they are following on from the 1st Century Apostles and Older Men. However, here we must look at a few points. The Apostle Paul, who was NOT one of the 12, was the one chosen, it seems, to write Letters to the congregations. If the 12 Apostles (11 original + 1 chosen by men) were the original 'governing body', then why are the Letters to the Congregations NOT written by the 12 ? Why was Paul chosen to write those letters ? Or, just as important, Why are there no letters to the Congregations written by a 'body of Apostles / Older Men' recorded in the Bible ? Paul was basically an outsider. Why are his writings more prominent in the Greek Scriptures ? One other thing I noticed was that all of Paul's letters are pre 70 C. E. which is before the destruction of Jerusalem. It seems, (although research seems to differ) that Paul was murdered by the Romans / Nero, in 68 C. E. The only Bible writings after 70 C. E. were written by the Apostle John. Revelation in 96 and John's other writings in 98. Was he the only one of the original 12 alive after 70 C. E. ? So what proof do we have of a 'governing body' 'group of Apostles /Older men' from the time that the 12 left Jerusalem in around 66 C. E. ? And why were they not used to write letters to the Congregations ? Did they stay together as a 'body' or did they separate ? @JW Insider @TrueTomHarley @Arauna @Anna As JWs that think your Org has truth, maybe you can answer my questions.
As my wife and I are preparing to adopt five children, and knowing historically how many elders' children have abandoned the Truth, for whatever reasons there might be, common to mankind ... the thought occurred to me ... Were all of the Apostles Single? If any were married, how did they balance their responsibilities to their families, with the field ministry? If they were in the Ministry, were they supported by the congregations from the Apostles money box ... and were their families also supported as they rove about ministering about the Good News? If so, that would indicate a paid clergy ! I suppose it all hinges on he first question. WERE ALL OF THE APOSTLES SINGLE ?