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Welcome

WELCOME TO THIS CITY OF REFUGE AND SANCTUARY FOR STUDIOUS AND INQUIRING MINDS.

You are anonymous here.  You can speak to other Jehovah’s Witnesses, former Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bible Students and other Christians. When posting your comments, you will be able to use a Pen Name.  Your e-mail address and website info are completely optional. No one can identify you.  No one can report you.  You have a home and quiet place to pray and honestly investigate scriptures.  It is not our purpose to indoctrinate you, but merely to provide you with resources for further study of Jehovah’s word.  You are not alone.  You have friends.

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22 comments to Welcome

  • Annon

    I love love Jehovah Witness teaching, in fact by far there are no other religion like it. However there are some rules that I felt holding me back from declare being one. I pray that this site might help with the answer I seek.

    1) The date about when Jesus receive his power. Why teach it and emphasize it, when surely no man could know what really happen in heaven. In fact it felt wrong to say exact year it happen. How is this differ from when the Witness were wrong about 2nd coming?? Do we need badly to know exact year it happened to be saved?

    2) I come from a Bible teaching church with pastor and their sermons. I even still to this day listen to WAVA radio 105.1. I learn a lot from this channel and also were many time inspired. However I can not say the same about what I learn at the Kingdom Hall. With monotone discussion, question and answer that focus on Magazine, it is by far better had I stayed home. I do understand many of you never had the traditional way of bible discussion, please listen to WAVA online or radio. You will see that many of those are practical and useful and by no mean alienating your beleive as Jehovah Witness. You might even get inspire. What I fear the most is the narrow view that Magazine have implicate the teaching. Why can’t we go out and research and find the truth, why aren’t it discussed. Why do we just narrowly go by the magazine and only the magazine. I understand the important of unity but UNITY should be in its believe not synchronizing way of answering a particular question or synchronizing the teaching, yes even worldwide. It felt great but I think the emphasis is wrong. Just like Pharisee who focus too much on worldly view but not the heart!! If Jesus teach us about anything it is that Jehovah care more about the heart than anything else!!

    3) Songs in Kingdom Hall. Human life, is a celebration is it not? Like everything else there a balance, surely one’s does not go out and drink and dance, sing being drunk but the balance is to celebrate with the heart and sing praises from the heart to which I feel there are songs out there that reflect that feeling better than the songs sung at the Kingdom Hall. If you raise unity concern then please read paragraph #2.

    4) Ultimately I guess I am accuse Kingdom Hall of being too strict and narrow in its teaching with out passion. If we have the truth then we do not need to hide from being passionate in delivering the massage nor do we need to shun outside discussion that are not printed in the literature. Balance is the key.

    5) Emphasis on dressing well, how is this not worldly, no wonder people think Jehovah Witness as a cult. It is surely beautiful to dress well and not smear God one true religion but why force people to take notice on how people dress outside of Kingdom Hall when the real focus should be our conducts and our message rather our clothing. Ultimately I think these outside criteria really turn off a lot of sheep out there who really need to find their ways. To join Jehovah Witness one’s must not smoke,dress well, do not take blood etc. While all these are great but would this not discourage people? Once the person know the truth shouldn’t it then be up the him and Jehovah whether he/she should still continue to smoke,etc? Sure, we should definitely discourage but it is still a personal choice, just as Jehovah give us freedom to choose who are we to judge and exclude people from hearing the truth? Jesus pioneer eating with Tax collector, why then are we doing the opposite. The balance is there you see.. it is the heart first always.

    6) Surely using blood to sacrifice or even eating it or anything extreme is wrong but using blood to save life shouldn’t be wrong. Pharisee like to take thing to the extreme with out meditate on it. Sure, if you can afford the alternative why not, its better and healthier but in the event of emergency you are telling me that I will be breaking Jehovah law and risk being shun from my religion base on your interpretation of blood? Its clear to me that in the bible Jehovah hold blood sacred and one’s should abuse it but saving life isn’t one of them. Just like circumcision, or eating pork. Everything has it context. Saving life due to an emergency by blood shouldn’t one of them.

    7)Finally I like to say that except for the very important verse about who Jehovah and Jesus are and what Jehovah plan is for the earth, hell,heaven and death. I really don’t see why christianity as a whole really need to go out of the way to explain everything about the bible.

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Annon, hello and thank you for expressing your opinion. I don’t know what others response will be to you but you said exactly what most that have left and are on this site and others, have concluded. I agree with your assessment. We are not Watchtower, Jehovah witnesses. We are the Bible Students and do lots of outside searching for truth. I personally listen listen to many radio stations and some religious TV stations. I have learned a lot about the different Greek words and the meaning they convey from listening to other ministers. I too agree blood to save your life should be a personal medical decision between a person and their doctor not 7 men in New York. Smoking should be on the person and his personal relationship with God. Not enforced by a body of men. Shunning and break up families, I don’t agree with.
      You in fact Annon are like us in most of your thinking. How does the congregation react when you address these issues?
      Unity of thought exactly normally mean that only one person or a few are dictating and enforcing their thoughts. And this is not right.

      • Phissith

        You have peep my interest. So what are the major different between Bible Student and Jehovah Witness and where can I get more intimate study? I have read a few about the founder and did not think I want to follow him, yet here you are saying something quite contrary. Thanks!

  • William Draper

    Yes I WOULD AGREE BARRY , UNDERSTAND , the word of Christ so applicable , try having faith the size of mustard seed . think about it

  • Barry Ward

    I am a Christian but can anyone explain how it is possible to have no doubts when nearly everyone around you accepts evolution which would mean for all practical purposes God does not exist. All scientific TV programmes promote evolution as a fact. There is no obvious evidence of a caring, loving god. The evidence of the world around us is of the whole of “creation” killing each other to survive. Those who have fearlessly left the watchtower and had their families destroyed as a result (Ray Franz, Jim Penton for example) have not had their prayers answered. Those we thought were Christians inside JW’s blindly obeyed the WT. out of fear. So called Christians outside the JW.s are just as bad, and never discuss right and wrong. They also will do nothing to help people who are victims of injustice. This is not proof there is no God but please admit we have a very tenacious faith. Barry Ward

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