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Jehovah's Witness

"Watchtower's Achille's Heel" in Spanish

If reasoning with a JW on the Governing Body’s interpretations such as of the Kingdom of God, Parousia, the Cross, Blood, and so on is unlikely to break the Governing Body’s mental stranglehold, what then is its Achilles’ Heel? My Study: “The Watchtower’s Achilles Heel” answers that question. It is available at http://www.jwstudi es.com/The_Watchto wer_s_Achilles__He el.pdf It is also available in Spanish: Si el tratar de razonar con un Testigo de Jehová acerca de las interpretaciones del Cuerpo Gobernante referente al Reino de Dios, Parousia, La Cruz, Sangre, y muchas más, resulta en una estrategia fútil para liberarlos del control mental completo ejercido por sus líderes, ¿cuál es entonces el talón de Aquiles del Cuerpo Gobernante? http://www.jwstudi es.com/El_Talon_de _Aquiles_de_la_Wat chtower.pdf Doug Mason  (Sunday | post #1)

Jehovah's Witness

"1914" .....The 1914 C.E. false positive math error

No ancient people used a calendar with a 360-day year. Doug  (Thursday Apr 17 | post #2)

Jehovah's Witness

The Aussie Flood

Once upon a time, one pair of kangaroos decided to hop and swim all the way from Australia (Gondwanaland at the time) to a spot in the Middle East. They thought that a human was building an ark which would save their kind from being swept away in a massive flood. The same thought also entered the minds of a pair of koalas and they headed off to that same place, as did a pair of platypuses, echidnas, wombats, tassie devils, quokkas, snakes, termites, even red-backed spiders and trapdoor spiders. It was amazing to behold as one pair of every Gondwanaland insect, bird, arachnid, mammal, and beast trekked and swam towards that one spot on earth. The sails and rudder on the ark were not used by the humans to reach Gondwanaland as they thought the earth was a flat circle. During the flood that the animals had expected came, Noah and his family were kept busy feeding and cleaning, tending to the needs of animals, insects, spiders and termites. The humans kept themselves alive by eating clean animals, which suited those who had trekked from Gondwanaland. Finally the water returned to the vault above the sky and under the earth, and the ark came to a shuddering halt on a mountain. After the celebrations in which more clean beasts were sacrificed, the kangaroos, koalas, platypuses, echidnas, wombats, tassie devils, quokkas, snakes, termites, red-backed spiders and trapdoor spiders said goodbye to the boa constrictors, macaws and sloths from South America. Then the Aussies climbed down the mountain and trekked and swam all the way back.  (Thursday Apr 17 | post #1)

Jehovah's Witness

'Life Challenges'....After Armegeddon.

Our Milky Way galaxy and its near neighbour galaxy will collide in 4 billion years time. How will JWs prepare for this? Doug  (Mar 19, 2014 | post #45)

Jehovah's Witness

'Life Challenges'....After Armegeddon.

Will there be children? Will there be death or will everyone be vegetarian? Will every animal, insect and plant on land, air and sea become vegetarian? Will they have offspring or will they live forever? Doug  (Mar 19, 2014 | post #44)

Seventh-day Adventist

The FIRST time a Sabbath was made Known

It was CREATED by men long afterwards. The OT was basically written during the 8th to 5th centuries BCE (dominantly the 6th, with later additions such as Daniel during the 2nd). This means that the Sabbath command it was MADE by men for the Jews by the scribes who wrote the creation myth that appears at Gen 1. They were not observers of the events they wrote about. The second story, written earlier by an opposing group of scribes, commences at Gen 2:4b. Its sequence of events is totally incompatible with the poetic (chiastic) structure of (Elohist) Gen 1. So the Sabbath was MADE by men when they created their story in order to give substance to the Sabbath observance that the priests wished to enforce. The YHWH Creation myth at Gen 2 was invented to give support for their religious attitude towards marriage, to develop it as an institution. Doug  (Mar 12, 2014 | post #2)

Jehovah's Witness

That didn't take too long(Lurkers read this)

How do you really know if Jesus said these words? BTW. There is a difference between "where" and "were".  (Mar 12, 2014 | post #44)

Jehovah's Witness

"1914" wasn't 1914 C.E.

Their important date is 1919. Doug  (Mar 8, 2014 | post #5)

Jehovah's Witness

Ruling on baby's blood transfusions

When the WTS (Gene Smalley) wrote "JWs and the Question of Blood", he/they consistently misquoted and misrepresented medical sources. http://www.jwstudi es.com/Handling_Me dical_Evidence.pdf Information on the authorship by Gene Smalley: http://www.jwstudi es.com/Letter_from _Ray_Franz.jpg It is of course not a medical issue. It is not about medical dangers, it is only about the ability to interpret Scripture. My comments on that are available at: http://www.jwstudi es.com/Blood_is_a_ religious_issue.pd f In addition, I prepared a STudy that I aimed at the medical and legal professions: http://www.jwstudi es.com/Loyalty_Tes t.pdf Doug  (Mar 3, 2014 | post #21)

Seventh-day Adventist

WORDS OF SATAN v's GOD's WORD

Who said that the Bible is "God's Word"? Doug  (Feb 25, 2014 | post #2)

Jehovah's Witness

Who Jesus REALLY is!

The WTS trinity says that Jesus was a Spirit, then he was a human (did the spirit die or live inside him), then he died (human or spirit, or both?) and then he became a spirit. All the while he is still the same person. About as believable as the Trinity. Probably no different. Doug  (Feb 24, 2014 | post #15)

Jehovah's Witness

Bible Canon

Aneirin, I want to thank you for your responses. You are opening the eyes of any lurker to the impossible position that the WTS is in. ---------- A question for you: Why does the WTS not publish Islamic material, such as the Qu'ran? The WTS says it is not part of Christendom yet it publishes their sacred writings, so why does it not do the same with Islamic material? The WTS says it is not part of Judaism yet it publishes their sacred material. Doug  (Feb 21, 2014 | post #90)

Jehovah's Witness

Bible Canon

Scripture does not need a canon but a canon needs scriptures. The current canon was not set as early as the 4th century. When you look at the chart on page 303 of the "All Scripture" book, you will see that doubt continued regarding Revelation long after Athanasius made his list. His list was not even accepted in his local Egypt. Revelation was not fully accepted until about the 7th century. It is not about the Church at Rome. For example, Athanasius was in Alexandria. Study the story of the texts and you will see that the places that mattered were Byzantium and Alexandria. I presume you do know where they are located and where Rome is. Understand the tensions that existed between the Western and Eastern Churches. Check the Orthodox canon. ----------- The other matter relates to the text that the WTS accepts - these come from a couple of Anglican Bishops. The WTS explicitly says so. So they rely on Christendom's Bishops of the 19th century for the text. Why should their text be accepted by the WTS? Has the WTS no scholarship of its own that it has to completely depend on Christendom to provide it with its scriptures, canon and texts? The WTS is not part of Islam, so it does not treat their books as sacred. The WTS says it is not part of Christendom, so why does it consider their writings as being sacred? Doug  (Feb 21, 2014 | post #65)

Jehovah's Witness

A simple Study of a brochure

The WTS’s brochure “How Can You Have a Happy Life?” is aimed squarely at enticing Jews. People featured in it are either Jewish in appearance or they have Jewish names. Virtually all Scripture references come from the Hebrew scriptures, and information is provided in the brochure when a verse number in the Hebrew Tanakh differs from the verse number in the New World Translation. I have prepared a simple Study on the brochure. Nothing deep or controversial. It's available at: http://www.jwstudi es.com/How_Could_a _Jew_be_Convinced. pdf Corrections and criticisms are most welcome. Doug  (Feb 20, 2014 | post #1)

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