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originally posted by: ProfessorChaos
The very fact that they're commonly thought of as 'Christian' (which they certainly are not), is something that I've always found upsetting, so good luck in your seeking. I hope you find the truth.
Jehovah’s Witnesses—Who Are We?
We come from hundreds of ethnic and language backgrounds, yet we are united by common goals. Above all, we want to honor Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things. We do our best to imitate Jesus Christ and are proud to be called Christians. Each of us regularly spends time helping people learn about the Bible and God’s Kingdom. Because we witness, or talk, about Jehovah God and his Kingdom, we are known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
We receive an enormous number of complaint Emails critical of our description of the Jehovah's Witnesses as a Christian denomination. Many Christians have a much more restrictive definition of the term "Christian" than we do. Before sending us a complaint Email, please read our essay on the diversity of definitions of the term "Christianity"
edit on 20-4-2015 by Annee because: (no reason given)
originally posted by: wasaka
a reply to: Klassified
What are your thoughts Ugaritic Text which use the name EL for God.
It seem clear, the Hebrew use of the term change it's meaning from the
father of many gods (i.e., the 50 son's of EL) to one true God of Israel.
The discovery of the Ugaritic archives in 1929 has been of great significance to biblical scholarship, as these archives for the first time provided a detailed description of Canaanite religious beliefs, during the period directly preceding the Israelite settlement. These texts show significant parallels to Hebrew biblical literature, particularly in the areas of divine imagery and poetic form.
originally posted by: misskat1
a reply to: boymonkey74
I was defending my religious faith one time, and a good friend said "Arent you glad you were born into the right religion? I feel really sorry for those who were born into the wrong religion".
That simple statement started the whole examination process.
originally posted by: LiberLegit
All I see here are a bunch of self-important "truth seekers" sneering with their self-accredited mass intellect. Yeah we get it, anyone who believes in Jesus or the Bible is a close-minded redneck who is "living a lie." Wow, so smart - what an amazing "truth journey" you took yourself on there. You know what amazes me? The first instinct when people come to this realization is to put down others. It isn't the religions fault, it is yours for being a zombie your entire life and failing to think independently. A large amount of scientific advancements, cultural, artistic, literary, etc. etc. were made under the guise of religion, it is a driving force in our society and has been since almost since its inception - regardless if it's true or not. Thank goodness religion exists, because if it didn't we'd have a world of faux-intellectual whiners like yourselves looking down on everyone else.
I don't care what anyone believes, but the condescending tone of everyone on here makes me cringe - it's a common thread on all these conspiracy websites. If "the truth" is being an asshole to those who believe differently, then you can go seek it yourselves. Using words like "cult" to describe the church makes me sick - these are communities of people united under a common belief who help each other grow and find happiness in a God they worship - if that makes some of you angry then i'd start by questioning your own sanity.
If you hang around people who have no faith you will lose your faith. Many here have agendas, or personal grievances, many times with good reason.
But there is solid evidence that the Bible is God's inspired word. Studying history, the archaeological record, and even prophecy that has come true can give you faith again that it really is more than man's word.