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Originally posted by makeitso
I have to disagree with most of the above. For one thing, I can't help but notice how you gloss over 1975 Deadpan. Doesn't seem like they learned their lesson very well after 1928 like you indicate, does it? You should have seen the faces at the 1975 assembly when it was announced a mistake had been made (again). It was a sad thing to watch.
Although I don't consider it a cult, it does have some cult like aspects. For example: Wives will be encouraged to leave their unbelieving husbands. If you smoke, drink to excess, give blood, celebrate xmas, or break any of their other religious principals they will be strongly discouraged from associating with you.
If you find another way, let me know. I have multiple family members I can speak with a little, and see sometimes, but hang out with on a regular basis? Never gonna happen. This is going on more that 20 years.
Originally posted by Deadpan
Only thing that was overlooked was that you could not know when the sixth creation day ended, because Eve's birthday isn't given.
On the contrary wives are encouraged to stay faithful to their marriage vows!
Drinking is a terrible problem for some. Fellowship tries to help alcholics whenever possible,
every witness understands that spending time with people who have totally different goals in life will eventually, slowly distance you from the Bible way of life. We just think that pleasing God is more important than your own family.
To the suicide rate thing, I'm not aware of the facts in this matter, but I can understand the reasons. People who 'drop out' from the presence of other Christians, start to reason on their own and sometimes gradually turn against their fellow Christians. When someone is then disfellowshipped for a obvious reason, many see the mistake they did, but are too shamed to return. Usually their lives become meaningless and some take their lives because they understand that the world has nothing to offer them in return.
Originally posted by longgone
Well let's see,
Lately they appear to be a cult of pedophiles !!!!! Therefore they must be Republicans by nature.
[edit on 23-11-2007 by longgone]
Originally posted by MissysWorld
I have only one thing to say after searching the net about information about JW..Do your own homework ppl..All one nneds to do is research "ex Jehovah witness" sites and videos...
Originally posted by Klemperer
I was always taught, in Catholic school, that the Mormons AND Jehovah's Witnesses were cults. They really aren't. Only Fundamentalists seem to view them as a cult; they really don't fit the mold of a common cult.
Originally posted by trig_grl
ive been told that the JW's are actually cosidered a cult and not a recognized religion. does anyone have any information or good link's on this subject?
im interested in finding out about this as my brother has been involved in this "group" for about 9 yrs now and does not seem to be himself anymore. he has distance himself from our family and has become almost like a robot who non of us any longer know.
ive been trying to figure out a way to get through to him as i see him getting worse as the days pass. any info or ideas on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Originally posted by never_tell
i think they'd be considered a "sect" of christianity....