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History of the Jehovah’s Witnesses




Fifty years ago the Jehovah’s Witnesses numbered fewer than 100,000. Now there are several million of them around the world. They don’t have churches; they have “Kingdom Halls” instead. Their congregations are uniformly small, usually numbering less than two hundred. Most Witnesses used to be Catholics or Protestants. Let’s look a little at their history, because that will help us understand their unique doctrines.

The sect now known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses was started by Charles Taze Russell, who was born in 1852 and worked in Pittsburgh as a haberdasher. He was raised a Congregationalist, but at the age of seventeen he tried to convert an atheist to Christianity and ended up being converted instead—not to outright atheism, but to agnosticism. Some years later he went to an Adventist meeting, was told that Jesus would be back at any time, and got interested in the Bible.

The leading light of Adventism had been William Miller, a flamboyant preacher who predicted that the world would end in 1843. When it didn’t, he “discovered” an arithmetical error in his eschatological calculations and said it would end in 1844. When his prediction again failed, many people became frustrated and withdrew from the Adventist movement, but a remnant, led by Ellen G. White, went on to form the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

It was this diminished Adventism which influenced Russell, who took the title “Pastor” even though he never got through high school. In 1879, he began the Watch Tower—what would later be known as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the teaching organ of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 1908 he moved its headquarters to Brooklyn, where it has remained ever since.

Before he got his religious career well underway, Russell promoted what he called “miracle wheat,” which he sold at sixty dollars per bushel. He claimed it would grow five times as well as regular wheat. In fact, it grew slightly less well than regular wheat, as was established in court when Russell was sued. Later he marketed a fake cancer cure and what he termed a “millennial bean” (which a wag has said probably got that name because it took a thousand years to sprout).

 

Unusual Doctrines

 

Russell taught his followers the non-existence of hell and the annihilation of unsaved people (a doctrine he picked up from the Adventists), the non-existence of the Trinity (he said only the Father, Jehovah, is God), the identification of Jesus with Michael the Archangel, the reduction of the Holy Spirit from a person to a force, the mortality (not immortality) of the soul, and the return of Jesus in 1914.

When 1914 had come and gone, with no Jesus in sight, Russell modified his teachings and claimed Jesus had, in fact, returned to Earth, but that his return was invisible. His visible return would come later, but still very soon. It would result in the final conflict between God and the Devil—the forces of good and the forces of evil—in which God would be victorious. This conflict is known to Witnesses as the battle of Armageddon, and just about everything the Witnesses teach centers around this doctrine.

Russell died in 1916 and was succeeded by “Judge” Joseph R. Rutherford. Rutherford, born in 1869, had been brought up as a Baptist and became the legal adviser to the Watch Tower. He never was a real judge, but took the title because, as an attorney, he substituted at least once for an absent judge.

At one time he claimed Russell was next to Paul as an expounder of the gospel, but later, in an effort to have his writings supplant Russell’s, he let Russell’s books go out of print. It was Rutherford who coined the slogan, “Millions now living will never die.” By it he meant that some people alive in 1914 would still be alive when Armageddon came and the world was restored to a paradise state.

In 1931 he changed the name of the sect to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which he based on Isaiah 43:10 (“‘You are my witnesses,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘even my servant whom I have chosen . . . ,’” New World Translation). As an organizer, he equipped missionaries with portable phonographs, which they took door to door along with records of Rutherford. They didn’t have to say much when they came calling; all they had to do was put on Rutherford’s record. He displayed a marked hatred for Catholicism on his radio program and in the pamphlets he wrote. Later his successors tempered the sect’s anti-Catholicism, but Awake! and The Watchtower still carry anti-Catholic articles every few issues, though the tone tends to be more subtle than the overtly lurid style of Rutherford’s day.

Rutherford said that in 1925 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the prophets would return to Earth, and for them he prepared a mansion named Beth Sarim in San Diego, California. He moved into this mansion (where he died in 1942) and bought an automobile with which to drive the resurrected patriarchs around. The Watch Tower Society quietly sold Beth Sarim years later to cover up an embarrassing moment in their history, namely another failed prophecy.

 

Trained to Give Testimonies

 

Rutherford was succeeded by Nathan Homer Knorr, who was born in 1905 and died in 1977. Knorr joined the movement as a teenager, working his way up through the ranks. He got rid of the phonographs and insisted that the missionaries attend courses and be trained in door-to-door evangelism techniques. The Witnesses now have a reputation as skillful deliverers of “personal testimonies.”

Since the Bible, as preserved through the centuries, did not support the peculiar doctrines of the Witnesses, Knorr chose an anonymous committee to produce the New World Translation, which is used by no sect other than the Witnesses. By means of former Witnesses, the names of the five members of the translation committee eventually came to light. Four of the five members completely lack credentials to qualify them as Bible translators, and the fifth member studied non-biblical Greek for only about two years.

The New World Translation was produced because it buttresses Witnesses’ beliefs through obscure or inaccurate renderings. For example, to prove that Jesus was only a creature, not God, theNew World Translation’s rendering of John 1:1 concludes this way: “and the Word was a god” [italics added]. Every other translation, Catholic and Protestant—not to mention the Greek original—has “and the Word was God.”

 

What Happened to Armageddon?

 

Knorr was succeeded as head of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, by Frederick Franz. He had been the Witnesses’ leading theologian, and his services were often called upon. For some years the sect’s magazines had been predicting that Armageddon would occur in 1975. When it didn’t, Franz had to find an explanation.

Witnesses believe that Adam was created in 4026 B.C. and that human beings have been allotted 6000 years of existence until Armageddon and the beginning of the millennium. This figure is based on a “creative week” in which each of six days is equal to 1,000 years, with the Sabbath or seventh day being the beginning of the millennium. Simple arithmetic gives 1975 as the year Armageddon would arrive. Franz explained that Armageddon would actually come 6000 years after Eve’s creation. But when 1975 came and went, the Witnesses had to “adjust” their chronology to cover up a failed prediction. They accomplished this by maintaining that no one knew exactly how long after Adam’s creation Eve came on the scene. Franz said that it was months—even years. Hence he was able to “stretch” the 1975 date to some indeterminate time in the future. In any case, Franz said that Witnesses would just have to wait, knowing the end is right around the corner.

When the final battle does occur—remember, it will be during the lifetime of “millions” of people alive in 1914, which means it can’t be too far off—Jehovah will defeat Satan and the elect will go to heaven to rule with Christ. But, following a literal interpretation of the number mentioned in Revelation, chapters 7 and 14, only 144,000 are among the elect. They will go to heaven as spirit persons (without resurrected bodies). The remaining faithful (Jehovah’s Witnesses), who are known as Jonadabs, will live forever on a renewed, paradise Earth in resurrected bodies. The unsaved will cease to exist at all, having been annihilated by Jehovah.

Franz was succeeded as president of the Watchtower in 1993 by Milton Henschel, who has continued the aggressive evangelization tactics of his predecessors. In 1995 the Watchtower quietly changed one of its major prophetic doctrines. Until this point, they had maintained that the generation alive in 1914 would not pass from the scene until Armageddon occurred. Now that this generation has almost entirely died out—and Armageddon has not occurred and does not seem like it will happen immediately—they had to change their doctrine. Now, the Watchtower says that Armageddon will simply occur “soon,” and it is no longer tied to a particular, literal generation of people.

 

How They Make Converts

 

Most religions welcome converts, and the Witnesses’ very reason for existence is to make them. To accomplish this they follow several steps.

First they try to get a copy of one of their magazines into the hands of a prospective convert. They lead off with a question designed to tap into universal concerns such as, “How would you like to live in a world without sickness, war, poverty, or any other problem?” If the prospect is willing to speak with them, they arrange what’s known as a “back call”—that is, they return in a week or so for more discussions. This can be kept up indefinitely.

At some point the missionaries invite the prospect to a Bible study. This is not the usual sort of Bible study, where passages are examined in light of context, original word meaning, relevance to other verses in Scripture, etc. Instead, this “Bible study” is really an exposition of Witness doctrine by means of Watchtower literature. Simple questions are presented in the literature which are derived directly from the text. The answers, therefore, are readily discernible, making the prospective convert feel spiritually astute, since he or she can answer all the questions “correctly.” The Bible study is directed along lines mandated by the officials in Brooklyn, and the prospect is there to learn, not to teach. If he progresses well, he’s invited to a larger Bible study, which may be held at a Kingdom Hall.

About this time he’s invited to attend a Sunday service. At the Kingdom Hall, which resembles not so much a church but a small lecture hall, the prospect hears a Witness discuss a few verses of Scripture and how those verses can be explained to non-Witnesses or how to “refute” standard Christian doctrines such as the Trinity, hell, the immortality of the soul, etc. The service includes taped music to accompany the singing of hymns, and there is always time allotted for obtaining Watchtower literature and publications.

 

Sharing Techniques

 

The prospective convert gets still more of this if he proceeds to the next step, which consists of going to meetings on Wednesday or Thursday nights. At those meetings Witnesses trade stories, explaining how they’ve done that week in going door to door, giving advice to one another, figuring out better ways to get the message across, and logging their hours. (Every month each Kingdom Hall mails to the headquarters in Brooklyn a detailed log of activities, including hours spent “witnessing” door-to-door, the number of converts made, and the number of pieces of literature distributed.)

If the prospect goes through all these steps, he’s ready for admission to the sect. That involves baptism by immersion and agreeing to work actively as a missionary. Many missionaries take only part-time jobs so they can devote more time to their evangelization. Witnesses will typically spend 60-100 hours each month in their evangelizing work. Some will even go so far as to work full time for the WTS, receiving little more than room and board for their efforts.

 

Life as a Witness

 

Although not every Witness can put in so many hours, every Witness is expected to do what he can by way of missionary work. There is no separate, ordained ministry as is found in Protestant churches. Their sect operates no hospitals, sanitariums, orphanages, schools, colleges, or social welfare agencies. From their perspective it will all disappear in a few years anyway, so they don’t expend their energies in these areas.

Jehovah’s Witnesses live under a strict regimen. They may be “disfellowshipped” for a variety of reasons, such as attending a Catholic or Protestant church or receiving a blood transfusion. Disfellowshipping is the sect’s equivalent of excommunication, though somewhat more harsh. A disfellow-
shipped Witness may attend Kingdom Hall, but he is not allowed to speak to anyone, and no one may speak to him. The others are to act as though he no longer exists. This applies even to his family, who may only communicate with him as much as absolutely necessary.

They recognize the legitimacy of no governmental authority, since they believe all earthly authority is of Satan. They will not serve in the military, salute the flag, say the Pledge of Allegiance, vote, run for office, or serve as officials of labor unions.

No matter how peculiar their doctrines, they deserve to be complimented on their determination and single-minded zeal. However, as Paul might have said concerning them, “I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Rom. 10:2, NIV).





112 comments

  1. Chrysogonus Yilzak Reply

    Thanks for the knowledge. Really appreciate.

    1. Martin Rooney Reply

      The Catholic Church formed the Bible in 397ad. In the last 500 years many different man made religions have changed parts of he Bible to suit their own criteria. The Jehovah’s witnesses have done likewise .
      They are very misguided in their beliefs.

  2. satyan augustin Reply

    JESUS IS GOD .GOD IS JESUS..AMEN AMEN…….

    1. jundy Reply

      Did Jesus pray himself?if he is God why he died.?.is Satan have power to bring God to test?brainless!!!read the bible and understand..Don’t just listen and believe to those idiot arounds u and not try to find the truth by ur self..

  3. Dolly McCumpsey-Stamper Reply

    Thank You for puting this information up. I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and it has crippled me spiritually my entire life. I was Disfellowshipped because I forgave my husband, and tried to make our marriage work after he committed adultery… We later divorced because he continued to be unfaithful and became abusive… I became a Carholic in my thirties and am now married to a wonderful Catholic man. But I still struggle with the brainwashing I received as a member of the JW cult..

    1. ij Reply

      May Jehovah forgive u my dear sister for speaking dis way. Only time will unfold what God holds for everyone.

      1. Gottlieb Gottlob Reply

        Oh halt die fiese Fresse

      2. Rhonda Lucille Reply

        Dolly, you certainly could have divorced your unfaithful spouse and been spiritualIy supported. I’m sure you left for some other reason. Disfellowshipping is very painful for all of us, it does, however, keep the congregation free from corruption. It is only when someone is unrepentant that they are not allowed to return. I have to say that it’s something that I completely appreciate. I feel confident that in the congregation I’m among people I can trust. I was raised Catholic, catechism and all and I was never taught what the BIBLE says. I studied for years with Jehovah’s witnesses, never pressured, stopped and started again and was baptized 1 year ago after proving to myself that there is no other source of truth from the bible. Find out for yourselves at JW.org. (2Corinthians13:5 Keep testing whether you are in the faith, keep proving what you yourselves are.)

    2. Vance Reply

      Dolly, I agree agree with you. I too was raised JW and left when I was 17. Most of my family are still JW but it never is a problem with me being Catholic. I respect them and their beliefs but pray for their misguided souls.

      And IJ, she needs no forgiveness for speaking the truth. Open your eyes and quit listening to misguided fanatic propaganda. …lol. Peace Be With You.

      1. Maurice Reply

        Thank-you Vance.

    3. Maria Reply

      I will keep you in prayer Dolly

    4. matt Reply

      I used to be a jw also. Here’s my experience. Deathorobedience.blogspot.com

      1. Rica Reply

        I read some of the article you post. But can you explain why JW hate or don’t want to celebrate Christmas, birthdays or Easter?
        Thanks

        1. Clement Anthony Reply

          Hi… I once happened to be raised in JW.. But i Dint give them a chance and remained a catholic.. Anyways I want to clarify your (Q) Why do JW doesn’t celebrate Christmas, Birthdays And Easter.
          1, Firstly I want to tell why they don’t celebrate Christmas. They believe that Jesus and Michael The Arch Angel are one.There is no proof that Jesus was born on December 25; his birth date is not recorded in the Bible and they even say that Jesus was born somewhere in the month of October But, unfortunately even that is not recorded in the Bible. But we Catholics believe that Christmas is not approved by God because it is rooted in pagan customs and rites.—2 Corinthians 6:17.
          2, Birthdays- They say that in Bible only two Birthdays were recorded & Celebrated, Pharaoh’s & King Herod’s Unfortunately there was an un-auspicious misfortune Happened on both the birthdays. On Pharaoh’s Birthday the Head of the Baker was beheaded Nd on King Herod’s Birthday John the Baptist was beheaded so that’s how they don’t celebrate Birthdays but for the records it was a coincidence.
          3, They don’t celebrate Easter its simple when they don’t believe in Christmas so they don’t Believe in the Resurrection (Easter). They only Believe and celebrate the Passover on Maundy Thursday….

          1. Michael

            Clement you forgot to mention:

            I John 5:7 where the trinity …it is clearly mentioned

            I Peter 57:22 where christians are commanded to celebrate christmas ..

            Revelation 97:6 we are commanded to celebrate easter

            John 88:9 we are commanded to celebrate birthdays…

            Any Greek or Hebrew Scholar will verify these things…

            It’s all biblical … Not some Insane Church Traditions Made Up By Demons…

            and these fanatics just don’t see it…

      2. edith Reply

        You didn’t have the spiritual qualities that the Apostle Paul spoke about in Galatians Chapter 5. If you had, you would see what God can do to help you as mentioned in 1Cor. 10: 13 & Ps. 34: 8.

    5. kevin Reply

      God bless you.Amen..keep the Faith.JESUS CHRIST IS NOT JUST GOD,BUT EVERYTHING..Pray for your struggles from your past…JESUS can do it:)

      1. dan Reply

        Martin Rooney who was The Inquisition who kill innocently peoples all around The World? not Catholics? are they real and Genuine Christians by doing that ? do you ever been into a Jehovah’s Witness Meeting to see how they behavior? come to you real senses then you can talk about it if you are real man let me know please

    6. Michael Lewis Reply

      Thank you, Dolly. I was also raised as a JW, although my father abandoned that cult when I was 17, after my elder sister “escape” through marriage and my younger brother “escaped” via jail. It turned out that he, apart from being a wife-beater and child-beater and sexual abuser) USED the JWs so he did not have to acknowledge Christmas or birthdays, or in any way acknowledge anyone else other than himself. Like you, I have had, and I still struggle with issues both from the JWs and from the SOB who raised me.

    7. Josi Reply

      Dolly, in our Catholic faith, God teaches us to forgive the worst. Dolly you did the right thing in forgiving the man that hurt you.

      I pray that the forgiveness remains within you always. I am so happy for you to have found a good Catholic man that obviously loves you and you him.

      Praise God that you were disfellowed by them and set free because you obeyed your Fathers word and forgave the man that hurt you.

      To forgive does not always mean to place yourself in the same situation that continues to cause you pain. Part of forgiveness means that don’t have any ill feelings towards this person nor wish them harm but you continue to pray for their conversion. You gave this man a chance and he will answer to God as to why he abused it. Pray for him. Be kind and trust in God’s mercy and love.

      Always pray and trust that your soul will heal from the trauma that this group has caused. And I will continue to pray for you too… God bless you Dolly 😀

    8. dan Reply

      u sure you say the Truth ? Witnesses doesn’t not Disfellowshipped somebody just like that better tell us the naked truth instant of lie to us

      1. irg1978 Reply

        Dan, can you prove that JW’s are not disfellowshipped “just like that”? I know of several who were disfellowshipped and did not even attend a judicial committee.

        1. Donnie Reply

          Propaganda lies about jehovahs people , the Romans called the first century Christians a sect (cult) and prosecuted them for following and obeying Jesus teaching . Romans under Constantine started the Roman Catholic Church where pagan apostasy teachings perverted the teaching of Christ , Jesus said all will know his disciples by the love they have among themselves , they are condemned for teaching bible truths and the laity of Catholics have spearheaded this propaganda from day one…. And Michaels reply back in 2014 mentioning scripture that does not even exist

  4. Gertrude Morrissey Reply

    I do not like the tenor of this piece. We may not agree with the teachings of Jehovah's Witness, indeed, what Catholic can? But this article is written in a pejorative and sarcastically critical way. It is definitely not kind and therefore unworthy of a Catholic site. Badly done.

    1. Vance Reply

      Dolly, I agree agree with you. I too was raised JW and left when I was 17. Most of my family are still JW but it never is a problem with me being Catholic. I respect them and their beliefs but pray for their misguided souls.

    2. Vance Reply

      Dolly, I agree agree with you. I too was raised JW and left when I was 17. Most of my family are still JW but it never is a problem with me being Catholic. I respect them and their beliefs but pray for their misguided souls. IJ….she doesn't need to apologize for the truth. Open your eyes my friend.
      Gertrude….I think you read another article…lol. This piece nails it. I've experienced it.

    3. Gayle Castro Reply

      Gertrude Morrissey, I agree. I had to double check the url to see if I was really on catholicsay.com. The tone isn’t nice.

    4. Cynthia Reply

      Sarcasm or not the article is truthful and nothing it says is false. I was born into the Jehovah’s Witness religion, baptized at age 17 and left in 2006. So I know exactly what goes on in there. You should read their magazines, especially the old ones on how they express the disdain against other religions, especially the Catholic religion whom they used to call a “whore” mentioned in the book of Revelation. The magazines they distribute out in the field now do not come close to the version they use now at their Sunday meetings. It is all a farce to get people attracted to them. Be more informed before you try to analyze this article as critical. Speak with former Witnesses and they’ll tell you the article is true and more.

      1. Rica Reply

        Can you explain why JW don’t want to celebrate christmas, birthdays and holy week?
        Thanks,
        Rica

        1. matt Reply

          Hi Rica, the reason they don’t celebrate birthdays is because they say some bad things happened in the bible at birthday parties, such as people being beheaded… Also they say it’s giving undue honour to celebrate a birthday, but strangely not wedding anniversaries? The rightly state that Christmas isn’t really of Christian origin and believe it’s therefore wrong to celebrate it. However in today’s world it’s not really such a big deal, I do Christmas and I’m an atheist!

    5. mikemcg58 Reply

      Gertrude, I am neither Catholic nor JW, but what did you find pejorative and sarcastic? I felt it was a very straightforward and accurate article. I also has done a great deal of research on the JWs and Mormons. Virtually every JW I have ever talked to was either a former Catholic or former Southern Baptist. One was Church of Christ and one was Jewish. I did notice in the JW material that it was very anti-Catholic.

      I did not find anything unkind in the post above. What seemed unkind to you?

  5. ij Reply

    Tnx

  6. Mary Reply

    Biblically it is ok to get married, not getting married doesn’t make you any closer or farther from God.

    Genesis 2:24 “Haven’t you read, he replied, that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? ”

    Proverbs 19:14 – Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

    1 Corinthians 7:8-9 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (burn sexually; in other words if you can’t control yourself sexually)

    1 timothy 1:4 Nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

    Actually Bible says that the minister should be husband of one wife. (1 Timothy 3:2 ).

  7. Tony Oquendo Reply

    Actually, being a former Jehovah’s Witness for the better of 23 years, I found the information to be very accurate, making no assumptions and I do not see at all where sarcasm was used. My brother is an Elder (equivalent to a Priest I suppose) and most of my family are still active JW’s so I speak from a position of knowledge.

  8. petra lockwood Reply

    I am Catholic. When my son was struggling with his grades in middle school and didn't know what to do for him, I started praying for help. One afternoon, while I was praying and my son was in his bedroom, the doorbell rang. It was two Jehovah Witness ladies. My first reaction was "Oh No"! Then I thought-I have been praying, maybe God sent them, so I welcomed them in. I told them why I had let them in and they were very nice! They spoke with my son, just saying that he was blessed to live in a loving home. We then shared some scriptures and they left. My son
    thought I had called these ladies to come and speak to him. I told him no I hadn't, but I had been praying for help so I let them in. My son did better after that and ended up with a good school year. The ladies came to see me every few months just to check up on us and I was happy to tell them we were doing really fine and I really appreciated their concern and their prayers. They have never tried to convert me, but have always been very sweet. So my whole perspective on Jehovah Witnesses has changed and they are always welcome. I think they have a very difficult job and I am happy that I don't have to resent their appearance at my door.

    1. Gladys Reply

      I am one of Jehovah’s witnesses. The doctrines you speak of are God’s and are in his holy word the Bible. Proclaiming God’s word in no way make us a cult. Observe that God’s Holy Spirit is with his Organization.

      1. matt Reply

        All religions are cults including jws. I was one. Plus the bible is full of nonsense mixed in with real people and history. Not to be used as a guide.

    2. three Reply

      Hi Miss Lockwood, maybe it is the lady you admired, not the sect. the way she talked to your son.

    3. carly Reply

      Little by little you will be end up converting to them. Be strong with your faith as a catholic. They get people who has weak faith in their religion . I’m telling you, you will be with them soon. Good luck. Rosary is the powerful weapon of all, Rosary is all about the life of Jesus from annunciation till the time he did on the cross for us. When we say Hail Mary, it open the gates of heaven for us sinners. I would never, ever change my faith. They don’t want to celebrate Christmas which all the people around the world that Christmas is the important day for us christian. It is not only the birth of Christ but it is the time of sharing, giving, loving… JW is a cult. I always throw them out when they step in my property. They annoyed me..

  9. Mary Reply

    Thank you soooo much for the informations I learned.Now I feel so enlightened thru the Holy Spirit. Thank you.
    This is very important to me.
    My husband is a JW and I am devout catholic and my children.
    We agreed to respect each others faith, and practices.
    Yes Based on my experience as a wife of a JW it’s true the information is accurate.
    But, we live harmoniuosly,but not completely what We Want to.We have 3 children.
    There’s something missing in the puzzle that we can’t connect.
    But we thank God every second for our family and we love each other.
    Thank you God.

    1. Petie Reply

      Hi Mary, One of the things that is so awesome about our Catholic faith is that we are “allowed” to respect all religions, because it is part of being loving and non-judgemental. (Love your neighbor). Maybe that is why we have so many martyrs. We are commanded to Love God and our neighbor. If we do those two things, we don’t have to worry about anything else! Loving people are truly free-even in death for our faith. The thing that always bothered me about some religions I encountered growing up is the push to convert you to be part of their Church, like there was this competition going on for the most members and the most money collected. Catholics just want to bring people to Jesus. Best wishes Mary! You and your husband are doing well to be living in respect for each other’s faith. Your children hopefully will get the same respect from you and your husband as they grow up and make their own faith decisions. God Bless you and your family!

  10. oremus Reply

    Thanks for the information

  11. Glen Reply

    My cousin is a JW. She had abandoned her Catholic faith many years ago. We got into heated arguments over religion. She would tell me all priest are pedophiles and nasty and the pope works with the devil. needless to say I don't have a high opinion of JW's

  12. FE E. TECSON Reply

    VERY INFOMATIVE. IT MAKE MY FAITH SAIL ON,BROADEN & DEEPEN.THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS US ALL.

  13. carolina Reply

    A lot of great information!! Thank you! I hate the fact that they tend to argue with me when they come to my door step.

  14. carly Reply

    My sister converted to JW years ago and so all her children and husband converted too. We are all born catholic but now we are separated because of our religious belief. JW had a lot of prohibited in their religion, they can’t celebrate birthdays, christmas, holy week which is important days in our life as a catholic. I feel sorry for my sister, my nieces and nephew, and my brother in law and still hoping they’ll come back again in catholic, true religion. They knew they cannot get me how good and long their explanation about their religion.

  15. Ben Reply

    Truth can be cruel sometimes. Its a written fact, its all up to us on how to accept it. Thanks for the info.

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  17. charlie Reply

    Jehovah’s witness and catholic are there all not God’s organization? I don’t just read; I peak points! Going back to our reading; their said, ( most of the members of Jehovah’s witness are from catholic) go into churches today and see businesses which can never happen inside Jehovah’s witness. Were all catholic, then put yourself into a poor family and your father died owing a due of one $1? Then you get a road side pastor to bless the grave. Please please please, let’s go to any church of our choices and scandals aside. Our church leaders have more than questions to answer to God.

  18. sandra Reply

    I have a wonderful JW lady come to my house every few months just to leave me the pamphlet and to see how I am doing…when she started to come in the beginning I immediately told her that I was Catholic and would not convert, but did let her know that she was welcomed to come see me anytime she wanted…and she respected that. What ever her belief is I respect her as a person because she is a child of GOD.

  19. Juliet Reply

    God bless you for this wonderful massage

  20. Maria Luisa Hernandez Reply

    I alway wondered about JW, I’m Catholic, but thank you for enlightened me of how this religion came about, very interesting, it just saddened me they don’t accept our Lord Jesus Christ, may He bless us all. Amen.

  21. RJM Reply

    Great article. Very informative. Thanks!

  22. Misty Reply

    I was 8yrs old when my mother had a nervous break down and was very influenced with anything in the world of religion and is still one to this day and i am 40 now. I never converted to being a JW and have remained Catholic and have raised my children Catholic, I do respect my mother’s beliefs. It has always been hard and emotional for me and my sister and brother’s during the holidays and explaining to our children why their grandmother doesn’t have Christmas and other holidays. Even though she may not celebrate the holidays we do have meals on or after them and our children do receive a present but she will always say it’s just because but we all know that it is her way of celebrating in her own way without saying it, our dad never converted but he doesn’t go to mass or practice the Catholic faith since she became a JW but always makes it a point to tell us kids happy birthday and ect. There was a time when I was growing up mostly in my teen years that she was so wrapped up in the religion that she was out of control and this pushed me away and leave home and not have anything to do with her for a couple of years, I think by this happening it made her realize that there could be a happy medium between family and her faith. I will never understand, nor will I ever become a witness and i pray that someday my mother will pull completely away from the JW she has over the years not be so intense and has lightened up even to the point of when someone has passed in our family and the funeral be at the church or with my children being in catholic school go to their school activities at the “catholic school and church” for her grand children and that has been a true blessing for us. There is so much more about Jehovah Witness then we will ever understand and I’m not saying in a good way but all we can do is pray for them and respect that this is for the most part their decision but it’s like any cult once they get a hold of you and in control of your mind it is truly a lot harder for them to pull away or leave what they have been told is the true religion.

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  24. Gil Tulipas Reply

    Faith is important in every perspective in life. Religion is not a trial and error when choosing which of the many religious congregations we knew holds true and had spiritual salvation as each one is claiming. Basing the bible, we have Old Testament, New Testament and the Apocalypses which accordingly, the prologue of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. For the reader to be aware of in reading and giving reflections in every verses we read, we must identify the existence of these books written in the bible.

    The Old Testament are the history of the Ministry of God the Father as the First Persons of the Tri-uni God, and the New Testaments are books compiled as history of the Second Person in His ministry as Our Lord Jesus Christ. Both of these two churches had already gone their ministries-finished, Each one of these persons of God ministries found their faith and Churches for the faithful. And in our time today is the time of the Holy Spirit, in His ministry as the third person of the Tri-uni God, which also has its own faith and church is founded for the faithful, which most of His deeds in His Ministry as the Holy Spirit can be read at the Apocalypses.

    Proselyting is rampant in many places, claiming each group of congregation that they are the genuine religion that each claim and profess. I do not believed that all be saved irregardless of the church congregation each member belongs. God had given each one enough knowledge, know-how and wisdom to know and guide towards each spiritual salvation. But which among these religious beliefs will lead us towards true salvation? No doubt for Christian Catholic as they are headed by Christ would give all faithful a clearer view that salvation as claimed by our Lord Jesus Christ would all be the heir of all the spiritual treasures in heaven prepared by God. We should used our wisdom that the religion we belong as member would gives us spiritual salvation, as God is always ready to accept us when time we discerned the salvation of God.There is no repentance after this life. Godbless!!!

  25. k Reply

    If I wanted knowledge of JW’s why not ask them? Then go to a source that has negative and wrong info? That is stupid!

  26. Viviana Reply

    I have a problem with any religion that says he loves GOD whom he can’t see but judges his brother whom he can see. It does not equate. I was raised JW the brainwashing destroyed my life by living in fear even now everyday believing I was going to die.by the hands of GOD. Yet we know that GOD is love. A religion that teaches you to disown your family because we all fall short of perfection is an occult. God is a God of love God does not judge us but loves us unconditionally. It has taken me years and even today to re adjust thinking to believing and knowing that GOD is all there is there is one life that life is God and that life is my life now. And So it Is . amen.

  27. José Reply

    Well,I read their articule but is very treaky because is a half truth.If the Jehova ‘s Witnesses have mistakes you do not give prooves with the bible only use blablabla…Beside,everybody whom goes to the kindom hall is free to take his or her own life.

  28. ogheneovo S. Reply

    Jehovah’s Witnes is a cult, may the Almighty God deliver them from thier ignorance

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  30. michael Reply

    To some of you who says Jehovah’s witnesses are a cult or very misguided go to the kingdom hall first and to different churches so you can compare the teachings side by side. Use the bible that this article says that the witnesses use exclusively and use other churches bible to compare them. I was raised as a witness for but I had to find my own truth and this is what I did.after listening to different teachings,I have found that no religion is perfect.most of what the witnesses says makes sense but not all are convincing.

  31. Geezy Reply

    Do not derive your own meaning of the Bible for that was why Jesus was critical of the pharisees. They used their human knowledge to decipher the Bible to suit their lifestyle.

  32. Jonathan Worley Reply

    im a ex jw and i didnt even know half that stuff

  33. Andrew Graham Reply

    Is Jesus God?

    2 Cor 1:3; Eph 1:3; Heb 1:9; 1 Pet 1:3; Rev 3:12, 14!

  34. Andrew Graham Reply

    I was raised both Catholic and Protestant for over 20 years, now a JW, I can see matters from both sides, that gives me a unique perspective, that others may not have; the Catholic side on here and what some say, are half truths, I raised the question, as an opener, as someone said that Jesus was God:

    Is Jesus God?

    2 Cor 1:3; Eph 1:3; Heb 1:9; 1 Pet 1:3; Rev 3:12, 14!

    I will not be surprised if the moderator(s) do not let the above through in order for there to be impartial and fair discussion!
    Someone above mentioned that they did not know certain things about JWs, such came from a JW background, but there are matters that Catholics are not told by their hierarchy, works both ways!!!

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  36. dongszkie Reply

    I was born and raised up a catholic by a devout catholic parents. I aspired to be a catholic priest,being encouraged by my parents,my mentor priest,my cousin priest and my catholic nun sisters. .During high school, while preparing for seminary life, I was confronted by a classmate who happened to be a member of a denomination known as the CHURCH OF CHRIST..To defend my catholic faith I took his challenge for me read the Bible. After reading the NEW TESTAMENT of the catholic Bible at the church library where I served as an altar boy I felt aghast of what I read there, and started reading the OLD TESTAMENT while beginning to distanced myself from the catholic religion of my parents. I spent 3 years shopping and comparing notes with different christian groups available, having read the whole Bible twice already–the DOUAY VERSION and the KING JAMES BIBLE VERSION. Then associated with the Seventh-Day Adventist for a over a year, but not babtized member, then went along with the Herbert Armstrong group for almost a year as an unbabtized associate also. After 7 years of running free into different groups of christians I met the JWs accepted and read a lot of their literatures and magazines. After two years scrutiny and comparison I’VE FOUND THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETATION of the Bible MORE REASONABLE than any group of christians. I am not brainwashed, I am not deluded, I see it in my own copy of the Bible that theirs IS THE MOST REASONABLE, with a ring of truth when we allow only the Bible to speak, not human speculation. AFTER 10 years of comparing I decided to joind the group. I AM NOW A JW.,I am not afraid, I am not ashame to claim as one of them.

    1. carly Reply

      You are a cradle catholic, no matter how many priest or nun in your family if your faith is strong you will not convert and will hold strong of your religion. So Jw simple explanation to you is far better than the teaching from your mentor priest, cousin priest and all the nuns in your family… You are not a strong catholic in faith.

  37. Diyosa Reply

    I am married to a JW still an understudy. I am a Catholic, a devout one because of my devotion to the Blessed Mother. His family and relatives are JW and of course they will try to lure me to sit in one of their Bible studies but every time they do that I silently pray to the Blessed Mother to spare and protect me. I won the battle because they (even my husband) stopped eventually. Sorry but I don’t believe in their doctrines. I was born and raise a Catholic and I will die a Catholic. No one in my family has ever been converted to any other Religion. We have a strong Faith and belief in our Catholic Religion. No matter what they say against our Faith, I don’t care because what matters to me is the Blessed Sacrament.

    1. carly Reply

      God bless you sister in Christ. Yap thats true only people who is weak in their catholic faith will be taken by Jehovah and other religion. Our Blessed Mother protect you and your family always. Don’t forget to pray your rosary, it help a lot. God bless..

      1. dan Reply

        ya ma catholic peoples they are very good and specially with inquisition when they murdered many’s peoples innocently and now to bless theme while they go to war wooow good faith is catholic

  38. Vânia Lourenço Reply

    Excommunication is biblical. Paul was very clear in 1 Corinthians 5:11-13. This is done, however, to steer the person back into the right path. Jehovah disciplines us just as a parent does with his children, out of love, not because he wants to set up unnecessary arbitrary restrictions. About John 1:1, you lied! The New World Translation isn’t the only bible that rendered that verse as “a god”. Anyone who regularly reads the Bible knows for a fact that Jesus is not God. Read John chapter 17!! Maybe more articles should be posted on here about the history of the Church and its war against God’s word. How many Bibles were burnt along with their readers throughout history? Alive, nonetheless… We’re not about hating religion at all as was stated in that article, we hate religious hypocrisy and deceit, and we follow Jesus’ example when we vow to expose it. That’s what we do. Stop worshipping graven images and turn to the One true God who gave his Son’s life for each and everyone of you. May Jehovah open your hearts to the truth.

    1. Matt barrie Reply

      Slavery, incest and genocide are also Biblical. Let’s do those things too. Also the new world translation is full of misrepresentation and deliberate misrenderings purely to either support jw doctrine or discredit doctrines that other religions hold. Believe me, I was a jehovah’s witness and I studied the Greek in detail. As for deceit and hypocrisy, Jehovah’s Witnesses are masters of both. If anyone wishes I’ll post some of them. There’s no point in comparing the history of religions as in my opinion they are all flawed.

      1. letusreason Reply

        “About John 1:1, you lied! The New […]”

        ” Also the new world translation is full of misrepresentation and deliberate misrenderings purely to either support jw doctrine or discredit doctrines that other religions hold. Believe me, I was a jehovah’s witness and I studied the Greek in detail.”

        Reply,

        Studied in detail, I don’t think so, I’s be interested to fine out if you were disfellowshipped for apostasy!

        I wish I had a £1 for every time I have had to answer the above

        Rather odd, making a brief statement (above) but forward no proof, therefore, summarily dismissed!

        Here is one for free:

        Re: john 1:1; Trinitarians are Modalists by default, as the assimilate the God clauses in John 1:!, assimilating God in clause C with God in clause B.

        Let’s see how you handle this!

  39. Vânia Lourenço Reply

    Slavery was implemented by the social and economic system of those times, it was a common practice of the Roman Empire, it wasn’t God’s idea, Matt. Remember the Bible is a historical book as well. Just because something is written in it doesn’t mean that God condoned it. Slave was more of a term for worker snd the type of slavery mentioned in the Bible wasn’t the oppressive kind of slavery most think. Leviticus 25:39, 40 says: “In case your brother grows poor alongside you and he has to sell himself to you, you must not use him as a worker in slavish service. He should prove to be with you like a hired laborer, like a settler.”

    Those people received wages, they had the option to be released or to continue to serve after the sixth year of service, read Exodus 21:2. They weren’t doing that against their will. And the law demanded that every slave should be released every fifty years regardless of how long the individual had served, it’s in Leviticus 25:40,41. And when released their master or boss was required to be generous toward them. Deuteronomy 15:13,14 says: “In case you should send him out from you as one set free, you’re not to send him out empty handed.” Masters and slaves were admonished to love one another as spiritual brothers. Colossians 4:1 says: “You masters, treat your slaves in a righteous and fair way, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”

    I hope you come to your senses and come back to Jehovah, I really do. Do you really want to go down with satan? It’s all up to you.

    1. Matt barrie Reply

      I notice vania that you focused purely on slavery whilst ignoring genocide. God or jehovah is a genocidal murderer. Are you really saying that genocide including the murder of children is morally acceptable? The idea that God is allowed because he’s the creator doesn’t cut it. No one has the right to murder children or wipe out races. Also the bible is full of immoral actions that people today would abhor, yet god tolerated it. Why? Because it’s all stories and there is no god of any denomination.

  40. So So Reply

    People who are weak in their Faith convert easily. People who are troubled also keep changing faith looking for answers. The Roman Catholic Church is complete,in a class of it’s own and in no competition with no one. Even with over 1.2Billion followers there is still need for continued Evangelism and missionary work.
    Thanks for the information.

    1. doyoureason Reply

      “People who are weak in their Faith convert easily. People who are troubled also keep changing faith looking for answers. The Roman Catholic Church is complete, in a class of it’s own and in no competition with no one. Even with over 1.2Billion followers there is still need for continued Evangelism and missionary work.”

      Reply,

      This is wishful thinking!

      Jehovah’s Witnesses are the second largest religious denomination in in Italy, nearing quarter of a million, the CC is worried, because of the great success JWs have in Italy and in other nations also, JWs produce more bible literature in 6 months, that the Catholic Church and all the other churches in the world put together in 3 years.

      The RCC is not complete, it is racked with division and one scandal after another, many of her doctrines are covered up, as they are pagan based, XMas and other customs and traditions are good examples, New Year, Mother’s/Father’s Day, All Saints, Halloween…but to name a few, all pagan based; XMas and New Year are after the pagan Roman Saturnalia, where the Romans used to decorate their houses with evergreen decorations and give gifts and sound out “Io Saturnalia”, the traditional “Merry Christmas” and New Year, after the pagan Roman god “Janus” (January)…!

      “in a class of it’s own and in no competition with no one. Even with over 1.2Billion followers…”

      This is a false security, as numbers mean nothing to Almighty God, Jehovah and his son Jesus, truth has always been in the minority, and surrounded by bigger more powerful elements, the majority, which represent the lie, as you say, that the RCC is the biggest, take a look at Jesus’s words again in Mathew where the “many” are on the “broad road” which leads to destruction, and yes, the majority who claim Jesus for themselves are on it!

      look at the parable of the “weeds and the wheat” and think which is in the majority, until the “harvest” (the conclusion of this system) when the angels are sent in to separate the few wheat from the majority wheat, which are then destroyed in the fire!

      Incidentally, the first Pope in the traditional sense was not Peter, but Damasus, as all Emperors from the time of Augusts to Gratian were called “Pontifex Maximus”, now your Popes have it, from Damasus onwards!

      Regional bishops were called “pope” (papa), also the bishop of Rome, Damasus received the “seat of Peter” (so-called) through much bloodshed, as his opponent Siricius’s followers and his lay dead, numbering over 130 corpses, Damasus hired thugs to force his way to the top…Reminds me of Alexander Borgia!

  41. Vânia Lourenço Reply

    Matt, who are you to judge God or to tell Him that He has no right to do what he did? Did you ever read the Bible? ALL the people and civilizations that have been wiped out were WICKED! But the thing is, Jehovah never executed judgment without sending out prophets to warn those people about what they were doing and to move them to repentance. Often times hundreds of years in advance in hopes that some might change! I hope Jehovah forgives you for that because what you said is slander, and not just slander against a person! You’re lying about God! Only Jehovah has the right to take a life because he’s the giver of life to begin with. Plus, he has an ability that none of us possess. The ability to read hearts! Jehovah says: “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares Jehovah. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” Ezekiel 18:23. I don’t think you’ve ever been a Jehovah’s Witness, sorry. When you read the Bible you become aware of the extent of God’s mercy and patience. It’s one of His most attractive traits..

    1. matt Reply

      I’ll tell you who I am, an advanced form of life that is above the God described in the bible. Not only do I not find Jehovah’s actions “attractive” I find them repulsive. Morally unacceptable. No one has the right to murder anyone else. Are you really saying that murdering babies is cool? Were they “wicked” too? I have read the bible and studied the nwt and many other translations. I was born into a witness family and was baptised and served for years until I left in my thirties. Look me up on Google. Matthew barrie jehovah’s witness. As for me needing forgiveness. Don’t make me laugh. No one should be worshipped, especially a non existent deity.
      Be aware of what you’re part of Vania.
      Death or obedience. Google it and read the facts.

    2. Andrew Graham Reply

      Reading Matt’s comments, is like reading the fanatical readings of a demented apostate, who is a law unto himself, and gone over to a murdering monstrous Catholic religion, which has one of the worst histories of genocide, pogroms and mass murder…one scandal after another…active participation in 2 world wars and subsequent wars, the Jehovah he condemns (who created life, he is its owner) is the one that will have the Catholic Church utterly annihilated, along with the rest of Babylon the Great, she is its biggest part, by her political paramours!

      1. Matt Reply

        Haha thanks for your pejorative attacks Andrew. I’m a former jw, yes but not a catholic as you presumptuously stated. I’m an atheist as it’s the most logical and rational mindset. As for your attack on catholicism that is surely a reflection of jehovah’s witnesses rapid obsession with the Catholic church’s misdeeds over the centuries. You’re welcome to your deluded, cultish religion. Enjoy waiting and believing in a fantasy.

        1. doyoureasonAndrew Graham Reply

          To the readers,

          The JW apostate Matt, is spoon feeding you with hate, half truths and outrights lies about Jehovah and his Witnesses!

          I was a Catholic for over 20 years and a practicing one at that, not a lip serving Catholic, so that gives me a perspective that Matt doesn’t have, I was born and raised Catholic!

          It was not until I older and started to study ancient Greek and English grammar, patristics and various ancient philosophies with an emphasis on Greek metaphysics and the various Greek philosophers, that I realised, that several of the doctrines that I was taught were actually dressed up paganism made to look and have the veneer of being of true Christian origin e.g. the Trinity, immortal soul, Hell, Purgatory, but to name a few…I confronted my local priests with these, after doing extensive research and when shown such, they could not deny the philosophical and pagan influences…so I left the Catholic Church there and then, not a single priest came to my door to even try to persuade me to come back or try and provide counter evidence to the contrary!

          I have gone onto several forums over the years, where there has been Catholics and found most ignorant of the bible, let alone Greek and English grammar etc., Matt is no exception, and pound to a penny, he has been spinning his readers a yarn and was kicked out of the JWs for something he isn’t revealing, so these types go to great lengths to cover over their true colours, I seen it over the years with a few, they are dangerous, paranoid and fanatical, all one has to do is read his writings, his replies, also he presents basic JW beliefs in a half truth and outright lying manner…the tell tales signs are all there. I’ve seen them too many times with the Matt types!

          I have written several mini-thesis papers on the subject, which shows, for example, the “Hellenistic origins of the Trinity” with an emphasis on 6 major Greek philosophers and the origin of the term “ousia” (Aristotle) used in the Nicaean Council of 325 CE and how the minority Trinitarian party, left the bible and went seeking a term to define their new and novel doctrine and found it with Aristotle’s metaphysical “ousia”; incidentally my dear readers, is it a coincidence that 3rd century CE Chinese Buddhism has the exact same 2substance” sharing concept as the Trinitarians, called the “Talagatha”, all three, co-eternal, co-equal, of the same substance, none afore or after the other…does that seem familiar to any Trinitarian, no not really, as the vast majority of ordinary lay Catholics are kept in the dark about such matters, the truth is hidden from them, and CC dogma and traditions…are what they are spoon fed from the cradle, I should know, I was one!

          The latest apostasy by the Catholic Church is the forbidding of her faithful to even use or speak Gods name in church services, something the Hebrew God YHWH never sanctioned and never will, this forbidding is of Satan, the great Arch enemy of God and his name YHWH, just as apostate priests in ancient Israel began to hate and despised YHWH name, so too the Catholic hierarchy are despising YHWH name, by forbidding its use in church services, what next I ask myself!

          1. Matt barrie

            Firstly Andrew thank you for your latest kind words.
            You’re correct there are lots of my “types” out there, people who have woken up from a high control group and left. There are unfortunately many of your type out there too, people who have become disillusioned with their own religion and think they’ve found “the truth” via Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Mormons or similar. They couldn’t be more wrong. The mistake is to believe that religion has the answers. It doesn’t. The stories in the Bible about the origin of life and the timing of it all are demonstrably false from many angles. Even the Pope has recently admitted that the so called Big Bang and evolution are how we came to be where we are today. That’s because it’s been established as such.
            .As for me leaving the jws the reasons and all transcripts are there for all to see on my blog deathorobedience.blogspot.com I have been very careful to state only what is the truth or actual facts. Lying about someone or something can easily be rebuffed.
            I also try and avoid hate speech (which is a crime in U.K. law) and pejorative attacks on people, something you have failed to do in every single post so far. That is the sign of a weak argument.
            Regarding your claims to have studied Greek and English grammar , you might want to read through your post again. The use of English and grammar is poor. I’ll post a couple of things I wrote about the doctrine of 1914 and the Bible that Jehovah’s Witnesses use, below.
            Matt.

          2. Matt barrie

            If there is one single year that is pivotal to the teachings of a religious group then it surely has to be the year 1914 A.D. and the group now known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

            The modern young Jehovah’s Witnesses that I knew did not really pay much attention to the year 1914. Even some of the older ones have recently stated “that it’s just a date when the Gentile times ended” It has no real meaning to them although without them realising it, it is the sole reason they are in fact Jehovah’s Witnesses and not say ,the religion of their grandparents.

            To the uninitiated the basic import of the doctrine of 1914 is that Jesus began ruling in his invisible heavenly kingdom in October 4th or 5th of that year. This is worked out by using what the Watchtower Society calls “Bible Chronology”.

            Here is a link to the Watchtower explanation on their official website.

            If you have read the article you will notice that the Bible students apparently “decades in advance” said that there would be “significant developments” in 1914.

            The only problem is that of all the things C.T. Russell said about the year 1914 not one of them came to pass. Here is a link to the failed predictions. The one thing that DID happen of course was the great war which seemed to validate the idea (at least among the Bible students) , as JW’s were called then, that they were on to something.

            The next port of call in the doctrine is to link the “Appointed times of the nations”( Luke21)
            With the “Gentile times” of Daniel 4. However there is no Biblical Imperative to link these two accounts as it’s clear Jesus was referring to a FUTURE event , not looking back almost 600 years to the previous destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus was giving a prophecy remember. Prophecies are not retroactive in this sense.

            This brings us to the next part of this “chronology” ; the year 607 B.C.E. , the year which The Watchtower Society (WTS) say Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians. All modern experts in all related fields say that it was in fact the year 587 B.C.E. that this event took place.

            The Watchtower Society claim is that if it is the Bible versus “secular” sources then they will choose the Bible. There is a problem however as the Bible contains no fixed B.C.E. dates with which one could determine the exact timing of events. Only the events themselves and people’s births, deaths, ages and in the case of kings how long they ruled for etc is described.

            The problem the watchtower Society have with this idea of the Bible “fixing” the event of Jerusalem’s destruction to the year 607 B.C.E. is that people such as Carl O. Jonsson have spent decades proving beyond any reasonable doubt that the Bible actually testifies that the date of 587 B.C.E. is the most likely date, rather than the “Watchtower date” of 607 B.C.E.

            This period of history known as the “Neo Babylonian” era is probably one of the best attested to times from an historical ,archaeological and astronomical perspective which gives the Watchtower Society a massive headache. All of these fields combine to point towards the most likely date of 587 B.C.E. ( Incidentally these same experts are who the Society rely on to produce the “pivotal Date ” of 539 B.C.E.)
            I have challenged several JW’s to give me just one quote from a modern scholar who is not connected to the Watchtower who will testify that the above event took place in 607 B.C.E.

            I’m still waiting.

            However how do they calculate back to the date 607 B.C.E. from the date of 1914 C.E.?

            The explanation is as follows:-

            “Revelation 12:6, 14 indicates that three and a half times equal “a thousand two hundred and sixty days.” “Seven times” would therefore last twice as long, or 2,520 days. But the Gentile nations did not stop ‘trampling’ on God’s ruler-ship a mere 2,520 days after Jerusalem’s fall. Evidently, then, this prophecy covers a much longer period of time. On the basis of Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6, which speak of “a day for a year,” the “seven times” would cover 2,520 years.
            The 2,520 years began in October 607 B.C.E., when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians and the Davidic king was taken off his throne. The period ended in October 1914. At that time, “the appointed times of the nations” ended, and Jesus Christ was installed as God’s heavenly King.”

            Did you notice the way that various disparate parts of the Bible are used in connection with this “teaching”?
            First Rev. 12:6 is used to establish “3 and a half times” = 1260 DAYS.

            Then this is doubled to represent the 7 times in the book of Daniel.

            Then the supposed “Bible rule” of a day for a year is taken from the book of Numbers and Ezekiel.
            These scriptures are used arbitrarily and without instruction from the Bible itself to construct a very shaky “mathematically” based doctrine which is built upon a event which did not take place in the year 607 B.C.E. but rather twenty years later in the year 587 B.C.E.

            But there is more. What does the Governing Body say about the verse in Rev. 12:6 in their most recent explanation of the book of Revelation?

            ” How long did this respite for the seed of God’s woman last? Revelation 12:6 says 1,260 days. Revelation 12:14 calls the period a time, times, and half a time; in other words, three and a half times. In fact, both expressions stand for three and a half years, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the spring of 1919 to the autumn of 1922. This was a period of refreshing recuperation and reorganization for the restored John class.”

            Do you notice how the Current teaching from the book Jehovah’s Witnesses have just studied recently, applies it?

            This book says it applies to a literal period of time during the early part of the last century. Without this one scripture there is no 2520 days, no 7 times and no 1914. So why have the Governing Body said that this was fulfilled in the above quote?

            Moreover does it seem reasonable to apply this VERY SAME scripture to a period supposedly beginning some 2500 years in the past (607 B.C.E.) and then give another completely unrelated application of it in a modern day setting (1919-1922) in LITERAL DAYS?

            Where is the scriptural imperative that allows for anyone to do this?

            Also worth noting is that the years that they are talking about are special “Watchtower prophetic years” They abandon the normal use of lunar years in Bible prophecy ( i.e. 360 days in each year) in favour of solar years (i.e. 365 days) again in a completely arbitrary fashion.
            Since these numbers are from the Bible it would be only fair to count years the way the Bible does , in increments of 360 days each.
            So with 607 b.c.e. as a starting date and counting 2520 years (Bible lunar) it only brings you to 1878 a.d. , a date of no significance today in JW doctrine. So they have “stretched out” the prophecy to suit their 1914 date by using years of 365 days each.
            Whatever way you choose to examine the date 1914 in witness doctrine it is seriously flawed and remember it’s not just a date in a so-called “prophecy”, the JW’s whole belief system and authority rests upon it. A very shaky foundation indeed. A house built upon the sand?
            Of course the import of all of this is huge in terms of the very foundation on which Jehovah’s Witnesses base their faith. A faith which turns out to be based not on the Bible , but on the organisation itself and it’s dogmatic, enforced teachings.

            Without 1914 and it’s associated doctrines they have no special meaning as an organisation and no special message to deliver that is distinct from any other “Christian ” group.
            The way that 1914 is arrived at is completely arbitrary from a Biblical perspective, but this is overlooked by all who profess to believe, as the “appointment” of the WTBTS and it’s leaders is solely contingent on them being correct about this belief.

            As I stated before in my experience many of the younger generation and perhaps some older ones, do not really place too much emphasis on the doctrines or the year 1914. The how or the why they believe what they do is not a chief concern, rather maintaining their status quo is mostly what it’s all about as a Jehovah’s Witness.
            How many times are they going to be challenged about the accuracy and truth of their doctrines in their door-knocking work these days? Not very much is the likelihood.

            Suppose you did care though and you wanted to question what you were actually being asked to believe both from a scriptural or an historical , not to mention logical perspective?

            You would be met with a gasp of disbelief and a very troubled looking face looking back at you asking if you are questioning the “slave class” on this issue?

            Think about it logically, if the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Inc. and it’s Governing Body accepted that they were completely wrong about the 1914 doctrine then where would that leave them?
            Remember they are a Corporation, a business. Their whole ethos is built upon the assumption that Jesus , shortly after establishing his kingdom in 1914 appointed their leaders as his sole representatives on earth.
            So it follows that if they are wrong about their 1914 doctrine then they most certainly are not his representatives on earth and never will be as this quote from the Watchtower demonstrates:-

            *** w91 12/1 p. 7 Is Any Religion Good Enough? ***

            How to Choose the Right Religion

            What will guide us in choosing the right religion? The Encyclopædia Universalis is correct when it highlights the importance of truth.
            “A religion that teaches lies cannot be true.”

            So where does this leave a faithful Witness then? They can choose to serve the organisation knowing that it teaches falsehood and demands that it’s followers obey or they can take a stand refusing to give any more of their life to a lost cause. It may be difficult as many, like my self have former friends and family in the group, but it can be done with some strength of character , a bit of investigation coupled with a determination to find the truth about what Jehovah’s Witnesses teach.

            Ask yourself ; is finding out the truth about the teachings you have perhaps spent many years believing hard to take? Yes of course!
            But wanting or needing something to be true when it plainly isn’t does not make it any less of a lie.

          3. Matt barrie

            The “New World Translation”( JW Bible) examined.
            “The “New world” translation is the finest translation there is”.
            This is a phrase that a Jehovah’s Witnesses will either hear said many times, or read in the publications.

            When I attended an intensive study and teaching course serving as a “pioneer” (in the Door to Door work) ,the book which we used
            had a whole chapter dedicated to the “Effective use of the NWT” .

            This chapter from the “Illuminators” book asks on page100 ; “Why was the NWT needed in the first place?” One of the answers given was :- “The honest-hearted need help to comprehend correctly the Bible’s teachings”

            Also this statement is made…”The NWT is a completely new translation unfettered by Christendom’s religious traditions”

            And …..”It is especially appreciated since it was translated directly from Hebrew , Aramaic and Greek”

            Let us examine these three quotes and determine whether they are accurate statements.

            How have the “honest-hearted” managed without the NWT for the best part of 2000 years? Is it fair to claim that persons reading the Bible would not be able to understand what they were reading and would fail to see the Bible’s “teachings” until circa 1960 A.D.?

            These comments are of course to reinforce the notion that this “translation” is indispensable to serious Bible students and anyone who regards themselves as honest-hearted. And the “help” comes from reading the NWT as opposed to other Bibles. The NWT was produced by an anonymous group of people in the 1950’s and 60’s.
            Some of these same people consider themselves to be God’s “Channel of communication on earth” , so it would follow that their Bible would also be considered to have God’s approval.

            Let us look at one example to see if the “Bible’s teachings” are adhered to and expounded clearly.

            Please look at Hebrews 1:6 “But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all God’s angels do obeisance to him.”- New World Translation.

            What are the honest-hearted being told here about Jesus? They are being told that the Angels do “obeisance” to him.
            However when we look at the footnote in their reference Bible for Heb. 1:6 we see that it is the Greek word used is proskuneo and should actually be rendered “let WORSHIP” as it appears in many other translations. In the 1961 NWT it IS rendered “worship” but in the next revision (1971) it was removed for reasons known to this anonymous group.

            Are the the “honest hearted” being helped to “comprehend” Bible truth?
            The Watchtower Society (WTS) do not want to encourage the worship of Jesus in any way, a fact born out by the blatant removal of the word worship from this verse. So is manipulating the way a verse is translated acceptable, when the verse conveys a thought that is alien to the belief system one holds? I would have thought not.

            Let us look at the second statement.”The NWT is a completely new translation unfettered by Christendom’s religious traditions”.

            This may well be an accurate statement to make as the WTS often adopt a position which is contrary to “Christendom” even if it cannot be substantiated , such as Jesus dying on a stake not a cross. So we would expect this same criteria to be applied in their NWT.

            Is it fair though to say that your translation is unfettered by any religious “entity” such as “Christendom” while at the same time being heavily influenced or “fettered” by your OWN doctrinal bias?
            Here is a quote from the Watchtower which represents how this actually works in real terms.

            Watchtower 1986 4/1 p. 31

            “Approved association with Jehovah’s Witnesses requires accepting the entire range of the true teachings of the Bible, including those Scriptural beliefs that are unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses. What do such beliefs include?
            That there is a “faithful and discreet slave” upon earth today ‘entrusted with all of Jesus’ earthly interests,’ which slave is associated with the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”(end of quote)

            Notice how the Bible’s true “teachings” are actually qualified by those beliefs which are “unique” to Jehovah’s Witnesses?
            So what this means is that the doctrinal and belief system of JWs such as the “faithful Slave” dogma are ,according to them, the REAL message of the Bible as interpreted by the Governing Body. Is this not exactly what the wts are claiming the NWT is free from?

            Now let us consider the third quote:- “It is especially appreciated since it was translated directly from Hebrew , Aramaic and Greek”

            While it is true that the NWT is translated from these ancient languages this statement gives the impression that the NWT always uses the oldest and most accurate manuscripts available and again that there is little room for manipulation.

            Here is the quote from the foreword from the 1951 NWT:-

            “The original writings of the Christian Greek Scriptures, commonly called the New Testament, were inspired. No translation of these Sacred writings into another language, is inspired… The Greek text that we have used as a basis of our NW translation is the widely accepted Westcott and Hort text (1881) by reason of its admitted excellence.But we have also taken in to consideration other texts including that prepared by D. Eberhard Nestle and that compiled by the Spanish Jesuit scholar Jose Maria Bover and that by the other Jesuit scholar A. Merk…”

            The New world translation does not always use the oldest and most accurate manuscripts. So the question must be asked did they actually follow the ancient Greek text established by “Christendom’s scholars, as they claim? No they did not. They threw in another series of later peculiar documents which have nothing to do with scholarly textual criticism because they are not witnesses to the ancient Greek text. Some of these “sources” happen to have included the name “Jehovah” or YHWH. Also of note is the fact that two named Jesuit Scholars (a high order of the Catholic Church) worked on the original Greek manuscripts to produce a translation which the society have drawn from for the NWT. These people are part of the very entity they repudiate in the WTS publications. So these sources , i. e. the Catholic Church are viable when it suits their purposes and vehemently condemned at other times. Is this not somewhat hypocritical?
            Does this sound like the NWT is “unfettered” by Christendom’s teachings?

            Have a look in the NWT footnotes and you will see the proliferation of the letter “J” , these are the instances where they have utilised “manuscripts” and “sources” ranging from the 1500’s to 1981. Usually where the Greek word for “Lord”(Kyrios) or God (Theos) would appear, the name Jehovah has been inserted in their place , thus “restoring” the Divine name to it’s “rightful” place in the Greek scriptures. This has been done 237 times in the new testament of the New World Translation.
            The oldest available Greek manuscripts do not contain YHWH at all, other than the expression “hallelujah” which appears in Revelation 19:3.

            However a striking example of the translators doctrinal bias , hypocrisy and hiding the true message of the Bible is found at 1Thessalonians 4:15,16. in the NWT.
            ” For this is what we tell you by Jehovah’s word, that we the living who survive to the presence of the Lord shall in no way precede those who have fallen asleep [in death]; because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.”

            In the above verses the Greek word Kyrios or Lord in English, appears 3 times in the oldest Greek manuscripts. (highlighted).
            In verse 15 we see that the NWT translators have used the name Jehovah in place of lord in the phrase “Jehovah’s word” when in the Greek manuscripts it is “kyrios” or Lord.
            The “J” manuscript uses Jehovah here so that is the NWT translation basis for including it . The NWT translation committee proudly say they have restored the divine name to it’s rightful place. Please look to the very next verse (16). The Greek word Kyrios is now rendered “Lord” instead of Jehovah. If you again check the footnote of the reference bible you will notice that the “J” source translation has indeed rendered the name Jehovah , just as in the preceding verse. And yet now the preferred manuscript is ABVg which uses “kyrios” or Lord.
            So why have the NWT translation Committee decided that the Divine name “Jehovah” is now surplus to requirements?

            The answer is doctrinal bias. Can the Watchtower teach that “Jehovah descends from heaven with an Archangel’s voice”? Can they have a teaching as in verse 17 where the those caught up meet “Jehovah” in the “Air”? (again see reference Bible footnotes) What is the Bible actually saying?
            There are two doctrinal issues which prevent them using the “J” rendering here.

            1. They teach that Jesus is an Archangel and use this verse as a proof text.

            2. They teach that Jehovah has never been on the earth so it cannot possibly be true that Jehovah comes down from heaven.

            So here is an example of the Bible being very much in second place to the “teachings” of the WTS. Also of note is the sudden disregard for the name Jehovah when it clashes with doctrinal positions.

            So is the New World Translation “the finest there is”?, helping “honest-hearted” ones find Bible truth?, and is it “unfettered” by religious “traditions”?

            I was shocked when I discovered the many instances where the NWT is in fact doing the opposite of what it claims to do.

            I was raised to believe that this was an honest piece of work , instead I found through personal study, many cases where the verses were changed to suit JW beliefs by omitting words , changing words, adding words and in some cases entire phrases.

            I lost my confidence in this “translation” many years ago. But I found a new love for the Bible in other more reliable works such as the fine New International Version (N.I.V.) which I would recommend.

            No translation is perfect of course and many do reflect the beliefs of the translators but in the case of the NWT what has been done is a bridge too far.( Revelation 22:19.)

        2. Andrew Graham Reply

          An Atheist, Matt says he is such a one?

          Illogical and nonsense, as if anything has a beginning, such as the universe, to which astronomers admit to, then such has a Cause and if such has a Cause, then such a Cause is the Origin or Source of the Effect i.e. the physical Universe…

          “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…”

          To the readers,

          The above statement is simple and profound!

          matt is simply a hater and is bitter and twisted in heart and mind and his hate knows no bounds, his end will be as his beginning!

          Stay away from this type, as he will only try and destroy, not build up and you will get nowhere with him and waste your time!

          Notice, that the apostate Matt, focuses mainly on his one time JW brothers, this situation was foretold by Christ and his apostles, this kind is completely ruled by Satan and Satanic influences and seeks to me you like himself, spiritually dead with no hope, whose new attitude is:

          “eat, drink for tomorrow we die” (Stoic)

        3. Andrew Graham Reply

          To sincere Catholics, a question?

          In the catholic Catechism, it says that the soul is immortal and cannot die, whereas, the Catholic Douay bible says the opposite and that the soul can; “die, [be] destroyed, be saved”, how is it possible for one and the same Catholic Church, which church says it is the sole deposit of truth to be simultaneously tell the truth and tell the lie?

          Can any Catholic explain the above without going off on a tangent?

          Is the Catholic Catechism true or false?

          Or

          Is the Catholic bible true or false?

          1. Matt

            You’re the one who’s going off on a tangent now Andrew. Trying to attack a perceived weakness in catholic theology. If you like tangents why don’t you look at the lies jehovah’s witnesses have told over the years? Your whole religion was based on c.t. Russell’s mistaken idea that 1914 would see the end of the system through armageddon. That didn’t happen then your beliefs were altered to say that those who witnessed 1914 would see the end. That hasn’t happened because everyone that saw 1914 is mostly gone. Now the doctrine is so confused that it’s embarrassing. An overlapping generation? Is that really what Jesus was meaning when he said those words? So which one of those doctrines are true? All or 1 or the latest? Or has jehovah been giving his people the wrong information over the last 130 years? A joke of a religion.

          2. Andrew Graham

            Matt,

            As I have come to realise, you are a rank apostate, I’ll have nothing to do with you!

            To sincere Catholics, that question on the immortality of the soul, whether the Catholic Catechism is right or wrong or the Catholic Douay Bible, the question still stands, as there can only be one truth on the question of the soul, is it mortal or immortal?

          3. Matt

            Hahaha call me what you want. I won’t go away nor does your ignorance or avoidance of my points make them any less valid. If anyone wants to know the inside track on the false teachings of this cult go to my website. Deathorobedience.blogspot.com

          4. Andrew Graham

            To the readers,

            “Hahaha call me what you want. I won’t go away nor does your ignorance or avoidance of my points make them any less valid. If anyone wants to know the inside track on the false teachings of this cult go to my website. Deathorobedience.blogspot.com”

            Reply,

            If I wish to know something about the Catholic Church…I will get it from the horse’s mouth and not second hand*, the same with this mad man, he has a blog (whoopee) all you will find there, as with others like it, are half truth, distortions and outright lies, if anyone wishes to know a particular point on JWs, ask JWs, not a raving atheistic godless lunatic, who will spoon feed you one lie after another, one distortion after another…get it from the horse’s mouth, as a JW, not an apostate ex-JW, who has been kicked out for good reasons, who hides the truth and then comes back with a sad cock and bull story, ‘woe is me, I am hard done to…’!

            * As an example, on the question of whether the soul is immortal or not, I have my old 1971 Red Cover Pocket Edition Catechism in front of me and my Catholic bible, so I get it from an original source and then quote from those sources, which can then be verified, also I personally know local Catholics…!

          5. Matt

            Hahahaha yet another pathetic attempt at avoiding the points raised and attacking the individual making them. It’s called an ad hominem argument and is a favourite tactic of both the witnesses organisation and individuals within often follow suit. I won’t criticize this person as I don’t know him personally but he’s accused me of lies and distortions on my blog, which considering how quickly he replied I doubt he’s read. None of the contents are lies or malicious, only my views on their distorted teachings and such. And yes there is a good reason I left. The whole process has been documented for the people who doubt the veracity, such as Andrew graham. Wake up. You’re lost in a cult. Deathorobedience.blogspot.com

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  43. Andrew Graham Reply

    To the readers,

    The points that the apostate is making about JWs and their history…have been dealt with sufficiently elsewhere, such as on FB and other forums, if I had to answer every religious quack, with the same answers relating to “miracle wheat, CT Russell and divorce, being a mason…1874, 1914, 1925, 1975…predictions and so on, I would have no life, as I would be spending my time answering robots, preprogramed to waste time.

    These nutters spend hours dredging the bottom of the internet barrel to see what they can dredge up and it is the same old thing, they have noting to offer, they tear down, destroy with polemics, half truths and outright lies; it is not that there are no answers, it is that we (JW apologists) are sick of these people, when this apostate is gone, don’t worry another will take his place, this apostate’s middle name is Philetus, Alexander, Diotrephes, Hymenaeus, Nicolaus!

    I am now done with this fake!

    I wish there was a way to block him!

    1. Matt Reply

      Unfortunately I can’t be blocked but, I’m sure if anyone was to, it would be the person using the slanderous, pejorative hate -speech. You’re doing yourself and your cult proud with your words. People in the real world don’t call people apostates either, Andrew. You’re trying to witness to people on a catholic website!! Hahaha. Keep up the good work! The Mormons started around the same time and now have closer to double what jws have in number. Jehovah’s blessing must be on them too!?! Lolz

  44. Vânia Lourenço Reply

    saiah 32:6 “For the senseless one will speak nonsense, and his heart will devise harmful things, to promote apostasy and to speak what is wayward against Jehovah, to cause the hungry one to go unfed and to deprive the thirsty one of something to drink.”

    It is very important to pray to Jehovah incessantly to guard our hearts and minds through Jesus so that none of us fall prey to these murderous satanic ideas. People who’ve gotten to the point of speaking against God have been completely handed over to the enemy. Proverbs 26:11,12 “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

    I hope Jehovah forgives you, Matt, I really do.

    1. Matt Reply

      Vania there is no god or any devil. There’s no enemy side only people, good or bad. So there’s no need to worry about anything I’ve said. Also no need for forgiveness. Religion is an invention of man and it will die out as the human race’s collective intelligence rises. Peace and love to all. 🙂

  45. Jean Claude Reply

    For me , Just read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation . Then you can understand at all . Because the Bible is a gift of Jehovah God and it is inspired of God’s words , and it is the answers of all your question from the information that you had read .

  46. Jos Reply

    My Lord and My Saviour Jesus Christ is GOD…It is He who established the Catholic Church! It is He who anointed St Peter Pope! It is He whose Mercy is greater than all our sins. You speak of Him so loosely because you do not know Him. The Catholic Church is His bride and to speak of it in such an unholy way is disgusting! I am sorry that many JW’s were catholic and the devil clouded their mind and moved them away from God and most importantly, HIS WORD. It is tragic!!!

    Faith is of the heart not just the mind. For even the devil can recite every bible printed. Search for your Father in heaven within your heart and not your intellect. Rid your self of pride, hurt, resent of neglect and judgemental attitudes! open your heart with purity and ask God for His Grace to show you! To reveal Himself to you!

    Gospel of John Chapter 14: 6-9

    Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
    7 If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.
    8 Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him,
    9 ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, “Show us the Father”?

    As for immortal souls: We are made in God images!!!! Plain and simple! Our soul is immortal and does not die. If we live according to God and His Grace, we will live forever in His Glorious Kingdom. If you do not, and you die in sin and unrepentant, your soul goes to hell, dead because God has forsaken it. St Augustine: “In The City of God he wrote that the soul “is therefore called immortal, because in a sense, it does not cease to live and to feel; while the body is called mortal because it can be forsaken of all life, and cannot by itself live at all. The death, then, of the soul, takes place when God forsakes it, as the death of the body when the soul forsakes it” ( Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2, 1995, p. 245.)

    Another thing, it states in the Gospel to baptise “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Three divine persons in One God!!!!

    Matt, your spiritual journey has been very challenging for you. So challenging that it was easier to close all the doors, but I can’t help but feel the your soul is searching! God is love and He has not abandoned you! Ask, and He will truly give. open your heart.

    I am a Catholic! I profess my faith! I am My Lords Servant til my last breath and will pray for everyone… always!!!
    God Bless you on your journey to Him.

  47. Vlad Impossible Reply

    Jesus preached. he taught others to preach, door to door. The apostle Peter stated: “He [Jesus] ordered us to preach to the people and to give a thorough witness.” (Acts 10:42) I never heard of a catholic doing this. whILE jesus was praying he said: “I have made your name known to them and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them.” (John 17:26) Jesus made God’s name known. WHAT NAME? What is God’s name? It isnt Jesus. jESUS SAID had made “someones” name known. Why isnt THIS taught? The article is incredibly biased. I was raised a JW and i KNOW for a fact that disfellowshipping is the last resort, the article made it sound as if anything will get you kicked out. Disfellowshipping IS biblical.
    “Remove the wicked person from among yourselves.”—1 Cor. 5:6, 11-13.
    “10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your homes+ or say a greeting to him. 11 For the one who says a greeting to him is a sharer in his wicked works.”—2John 10,11
    keeping the early christian congregations morally clean was paramount, why shouldn’t it be today?

  48. Roland Reply

    I almost became victim to be converted, it was God that make me escape

  49. Maria spano Reply

    Jesus is our Savior ,he is not Michael ,S.Michael his an Angel ,I have a sister ,that is jw,and when I was 17,she tried to make my head ,full of lies about my Thrutfull and only Catholic church, left by Jesus ,I separate my self for little time from my church ,Thank you ,Jesus ,He rescue me ,I Back ,to my Thru Faith, the Catholic church, all the people that leave the Catholic church ,they are ignorant of the Church teaching ,Jw they are bullie ,the world for them is an end soon all the time ,they want the world to end ,because they think ,they are the only one they are going to be in heaven,and some here,all the rest of us well be condemned, they are the most antyCatholic atefull people I ever knew ,we need Prayers ,God will judge,

  50. Moses Haganitoto Reply

    I was once visited by those Jehovah’s Witness Missionaries. They return the next weekend for further discussions. I asked them several questions and never came back to answer those questions.

  51. A Y Reply

    We need to ask the question: why all who tried to translate the Bible to different languages were burned by roman catholics, why all war are fought in the name of pope and sign of cross, why brothers pick up arms and killed each others, but they are Catholic’s in world war 1 & 2?. Why religion is like a broad and spacious way to today that de deceive people, why people suffered. Why most leader in the world who are brutal against human are catholics.why catholic are supporting same sex marriage when those things make God destroyed ancient Babylonia. Why Jesus Christ command all people to say we must preach from house to houße not sit down in church. With the church in Rome why the condition of the world is still worst. Let catholic explained these question before saying JW is a sect. Why catholic base their belief on pagan doctrines when Bible clearly stated that we must not follow paganism. Time will tell who are doing God’s will.

  52. U.J Reply

    I used to be Catholic and after eading whlat most of you said,I can proudly say that JW is the best thing that happened to me.
    It set me free from misguided doctrines and lies of the catholic church. I was 18 when I left catgolic for my own sake. And recently began associating with JW.
    I am proud of them.

  53. Matthew Howell-Paul Reply

    okay folks with all due respect we need to understand that whether Roman Catholic or any other religion we as Christians|followers of Christ need to respect their beliefs. calling their faith |belief a cult isn’t right. Jesus teaches us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER…. whether we like it or not its their belief. what we can hope and pray for is that our faith or their faith brings them to heaven. not Christians alone goes to heaven … many other persons of different faith Goes to heaven because of the life they lived. some may even be in purgatory doing time before they can enter…. anyways … to make a point short refrain from bashing the faith.. it may seem very anti Catholic but that’s okay all we can to is to pray that the truth may be revealed to them as well as all of us. so that we may live the way Christ wants us to live

  54. Mari Reply

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are not a sectarian religion. By definition a sect has a human leader who postulates its doctrines. The pope is head of the Catholic Church and is human, therefore the Catholic Church is a sect. By contrast, Jehovah’s Witnesses have Jesus as head of the congregation and worship Jehovah as the only true God, following the example of Jesus.
    The article is full of venomous hatred, the source of which can only be Gods enemy, the wicked one.

  55. Shaun Reply

    All religion is for the weak minded. A Bronze Age book with talking snakes and virgin births, grow up. How can anyone believe such rubbish in this age, or maybe you still believe in Santa and the Easter bunny!!

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