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Its totally cool you are interested in sharing your bible based beliefs with those that want to listen, but in one aspect you are not being Christian or Christ like in that you are overlooking one of his most important tools.
Points 1-14 show that JW's are constantly refining themselves and searching the scriptures testing the current bible versions against accurate translations to find the most accurate truth possible, and they will continue to have new insights and grow closer to the truth.
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Originally posted by Blue_Jay33
reply to post by dthwraith
Talk about taking something out of context.
JW's try to model themselves after the first century Christians, the problem is, many 21st century Christians have deviated so far from that model that those that have gone back to that seem strange.
Yet this type of bible based theology is the purest form of Christianity today, based primarily on the New Testament.
[edit on 14-5-2009 by Blue_Jay33]
I am telling you "dthwraith" there are 2 sides to every story, bipartisan reports like the ones mentioned above go way further than either JW's or ex-JW's comments. Admittedly both sides have an agenda, bipartisan reports do not, and are just trying to inform and expand a persons knowledge base.
That along with how you have operated this post, I am led to question your sincerity as to being objective about determining how to classify the JW's.
We DONT follow men, but follow only our now reigning king, and son of Almighty Jah.... Christ Jesus. The fact that we are organized and follow a Bible based, first century pattern to structure the organization does not make us in any way a cult or "followers of men or an organization".
Source of Authority. JWs claim the Bible as their final authority, but Russell's writings, especially Studies in the Scriptures, are considered "the light of the Scriptures." JWs have their own translation of the Scriptures (New World Translation, published in 1961), which reflects the binding interpretations of the group's leaders. The JWs' New World Translation greatly perverts the Scriptures to avoid placing themselves under the judgment of God (cf. Jn. 1:1; 8:58; I Tim. 2:6; Ac. 10:36; Col. 1:16-17; 2:9-10; etc.). Hence, the leader's interpretation of the Bible, not the Bible itself, is the final authority of JWs. The Watchtower magazine is one of the JWs main sources of doctrine, and is considered authoritative by its members.
Originally posted by Myrtales Instinct
Whether I open a thread or open my door, they want to show me a bible verse and give me an interpretation - which is sometimes right but sometimes wrong. Now if you know for a fact, that an interpretation is wrong - you begin to see it for what it is - that they aren't actually witnessing to anything, only interpreting in vain. Thus, in my opinion, they desperately need a name change for their organization.
When Jesus said to witness he did not mean to go door to door or thread to thread offering up interpretations. Witnessing is about personal experience and because of the Bible, the bar has been set pretty darn high when it comes to experiencing things of a divine nature.
God's not going to reject them or anyone else for getting it wrong - he loves us all equally.
Since I feel they are basically missing the boat with true Christianity where you experience the miracles, signs, wonders & fullness,
It is the Spirit that testifies that everything I just said is true.
These are the things revealed and they are not revealed door to door or thread to thread - they are revealed in secret.