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The suggested answers provided to all questions below are based on and in harmony with the views of the original Watchtower Bible and Tract Society when under the guidance of Pastor Charles Taze Russell.  Comments will often include a link to Pastor Russell’s own explanation.  However, in any case, we leave your conclusions to your own personal study, prayer, conscience and the influence of the Holy Spirit.

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  • Lee Anthony (Brandon)

    I wonder about traveler when stating God did not know his beginning. I was wondering about why i never gor scriptures on that, seems a new thought. Anyone have scriptures on this or have you heard this somewhere?
    Lee

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      I was just on the testimony meeting. It is going well, still running. I am on the road so i had to stop for food.
      But they are really sharing some information about their lives that brings us closer.
      I should be home this evening for the next one.

    • greg (Bible Student)

      Hi Brandon,

      I recall reading that somewhere in one of traveler’s postings. I hope I don’t sound harsh but it seemed quite a silly notion to me because in all my readings and researches and questions I’ve never encountered anything remotely similar or suggestive. Perhaps I simply lack sufficient imagination, but I personally cannot fathom any circumstances where such a conclusion would be necessary, much less make any sense.

      At the very least, the notion that God is somehow lacking in awareness, or that he has incomplete knowledge seems to be very inconsistent with a great many scripture passages, especially if said ignorance/naivety pertains to some aspect of God’s awareness of Himself. What do you think?

      -greg

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Psalms 90:2 (ESV) “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

      Not sure what Traveler meant. My thought is that God created time when He created the Universe. Before the creation of the Universe there is no time. We have no way of comprehending a Divine Being that exists outside of the constraints of time. However, this explains how God knows the beginning to the end. Satan can never take God by surprise. If Satan had a success God did not want, God could simply step into the timeline at the appropriate spot and tweak events to the outcome He would allow or direct.

  • Ellis Green

    Ellis

    Thanks for letter and links Jacqueline; very interesting!

    I see there’s someone on here called Daz who lives in UK – so do I. Where abouts in UK does Daz live? I’m in Truro, Cornwall.

  • Ellis Green

    Ellis here!
    Jacqueline, I recently read a post from you saying about this year’s annual meeting and that the GB says door ministry may soon stop as witness given. When is that likely to happen, and what is the Bible Student Witness combination that you mentioned?

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Ellis, the ban of witnesses in Russia and other faiths is suppossily for extremism. The TFJW are not extreme.
      What is the extremist.
      1. It is not the fact that they refuse blood as many people do and other medicines. It iS EVEN IN THE FACE OF DEATH, WHEN IT IS CERTAIN THAT THE TRANSFUSION WILL WORK, you refuse. That is extreme. Prudent persons refusing chemo will try to save their life sometimes if there is hope.
      2. Shunning a person so as not to engage in immoral conduct etc might be reasonable. Bad association can persuade one.
      NOT TALKING TO YOUR PARENT OR CHILD BECAUSE THEY LEFT YOUR RELIGION, even putting a teenager outdoors. THAT’S EXTREME!
      3. Every religion believe they are correct to some extent. But it is extreme to say God only deals with GB and you must be in an organization to survive a trumped up understanding of the end of the world ie armageddon. That is extreme.
      Muslims cut your head off! And they are lumped in with them. I don’t agree with Russia doing anything with it’s dirty little house.
      I heard it from a pre Annual meeting talk and from some speculative talk out of Bethel.
      Go here to listen, I commented before others heard it but Mike and wife put it on You tube Monday. I heard it the Thursday before.
      I will try to locate the clip as it seems Mike and Kim felt it was creepy like most and seemed to have removed it. I will try to find it to let you hear what was said.

      Go here, it is creepy but a real talk given at a pre Annual meeting which by the way goes on for a week.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKI5UK42jPg

  • Mimi

    Quick question. Which bible do the Bible students use?

    • Lee Anthony (Brandon)

      Mimi,
      Hello, bible students tend to use many different bibles, I think it is whichever one you are most comfortable with. I know some who even use the NWT from time to time. I personally use the ASV from 1901 the most but have a shelf full for study and references. If you listen to one of the recordings you will find the one giving the discourse will likely use more than 1 bible.
      Lee

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Hi Mimi and welcome, it is so nice to have you on. Hopefully the articles are written in such a way that you understand. Keep the questions coming, this is what this site is about talking discussing and questioning. Take Care Jacqueline

  • larry

    has anyone questioned the discrepancy between the Date [Sept 28th] and the day of the week [Friday]

    The 28th is THURSDAY and Friday is the 29th!

    which is it?

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Larry the testimony meeting is October 7, 2017. Put the link where you see this so Br. Peter can see it. Also perhaps clearing your cookies might help. Thanks

  • Raj

    Hi Br Peter, few people claims Jesus confronted them and called with their names. I know in gospel age it won’t happen, but are we have any scriptures to show them human body can not see Spirit body(Jesus)?

  • Raj

    Thanks Br Peter for your answers.

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