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I have never read the bible in order ever, probably never will because it doesn't make any sense...
If I could think of the most painful thing imaginable to put myself through, it would be trying to read the entire Bible without going insane.
Over the past half century, however, languages have changed. The current New World Bible Translation Committee recognized the need to respond to those changes in order to touch the heart of today’s reader. For this reason, a number of style and vocabulary changes have been made in this revision, with the following objectives in mind:
Use of modern, understandable language. For example, the expression “long-suffering” can be misunderstood to mean “someone who suffers for a long time.” However, the intended idea is that of deliberate restraint, which is better expressed by the term “patience.” (Galatians 5:22) The now obsolete meaning of “dumb” was replaced with “speechless.” (Matthew 9:32, 33) The term “harlot” was changed to “prostitute.” (Genesis 38:15) In this revision, “fornication” is usually rendered as “sexual immorality”; “loose conduct” as “brazen conduct”; and “revelries” as “wild parties.” (Galatians 5:19-21) The expression “time indefinite” was replaced with such terms as “forever,” “lasting,” “everlasting,” or “long ago,” to convey the intended meaning in each context.—Genesis 3:22; Exodus 31:16; Psalm 90:2; Ecclesiastes 1:4; Micah 5:2.
originally posted by: aniceday
a reply to: Lazarus Short
Entrusted with Translating the Sacred Pronoucements of God
Let's talk about Alenka. She's a physics teacher. And one day, she was at the home of an acquaintance, and there was a strange man there - a man that she didn't know. But she was really impressed with this man. He was so friendly - so warm and kind and balanced too. And after he left, she mentioned that to the householder.
And the householder said: "It's all true what you say. But there's one problem. He's one of Jehovah's Witnesses." Another negative comment about Jehovah's Witnesses. What did she do? She went home and she went online and she found our website.
For five months she carefully studied all of the material on our website. And at the end of five months she decided to go to the Kingdom Hall. She made a very interesting comment, something I hadn't really thought about, she said: "Thanks to jw.org, nothing in the hall seemed strange to me - the program, the people - all of it was familiar."
After she attended meetings for a month, she asked for a Bible study.
Dregan was a Franciscan monk in Slovenia. He'd been in the order for a number of years, but there was something missing. There was a void in his life. He realized that his religion was not satisfying his spiritual need. So he went online and he joined a chat room with a bunch of evangelicals.
Well, as you can imagine, eventually some negative comments were made about Jehovah's Witnesses. Did that stop Dregan? No, another fair-minded person. He thought: 'It's not fair to criticize Jehovah's Witnesses when none of Jehovah's Witnesses are in that chat room.'
So he went online and found our website. And he was delighted with the quality of the website. Now, he was a monk, and in the Franciscan Order, that particular Franciscan Order, the monks were only allowed to leave the monastery on Mondays. So one day, he found the address of the branch office in Slovenia, and on a Monday morning, he went to the branch and got a tour. The brothers received him very warmly. He was very impressed with what he saw, and he came away with a novel idea. He came away with the thought that he should be reading the Bible every day.
And so he went back to the monastery, went online, and started reading the Bible online every day. His fellow monks observed this, and they thought this was hilarious. What's a Catholic monk doing reading the Bible? But he didn't allow their opposition to deter him. He kept reading the Bible and then kept consulting jw.org, and he realized, on consulting the website, that the Memorial that year was on a Monday. So he was going to be able to attend, and he did.
And that did it - that meeting. He made the decision to leave the Catholic Church and to leave the monastery. So now, there were a lot of challenges to overcome. It wasn't easy, but he persevered. And in June of 2014, he left the church, he left the monastery; and then in the month of October of that same year, he was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Since, he has served as an auxiliary pioneer.
This...one has to do with Cadja. She was dissatisfied with her church and so she decided to investigate various religions. Now in the old days, people would just go from one church to the other, but modern-day people go on the website; and they want to know what various churches teach.
And as she was investigating the teaching of various religions, she noticed there were a lot of negative comments about Jehovah's Witnesses. Did that stop her? No, because she was a fair-minded person. So she went online and found our website, and she found the "Frequently asked Questions" section of the website, and she loved it.
Every question was answered with the Bible, and that's what she wanted in a religion. Well, she noticed our website that there was an invitation to attend our meetings. And so she talked to a schoolmate into going with her to the Kingdom Hall. She was a schoolgirl.
Now she loved what she heard at the Kingdom Hall, and she was so warmly welcomed. But wouldn't you know it, her parents were opposed. And soon after she made that one foray to the Kingdom Hall, they moved to an isolated area where there were none of Jehovah's Witnesses, and Cadja was cut off from any association with the Witnesses for one year.
But not to be deterred she studied all of our publications on the website. And she kept up-to-date with the truth. In September of 2014, she was again able to make contact with the Jehovah's Witnesses and she accepted a Bible study. And in July, 2015 she was baptized.