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Thanks for your mail. You wrote,
>>Well, I understand why you feel that way and I respect your thoughts on it. I didn't write to you expecting to change your mind. I just felt the need to express myself on some of your statements. So, to each his own.<<
I appreciate your concern, for the updated info. Please understand I change my mind when confronted by the truth. Do you? When I recommend a mainstream church you said,
>>Are you saying that JWs aren't good because they aren't mainstream? I mean, c'mon, that's basically why people think we're a cult anyway. Because people don't bother to look into it and understand the religion. Many people I've come into contact with have never even met a Witness. They think we're all crazy and then once they get to know me they realize that we're normal. That's pretty scary to me.<<
They are so far from the truth and most know it. And not even remotely 'Christian'. The bible has a different message from WTS. They need a special bible version to support their doctrines – that's "pretty scary". See how they blind people? There's a difference between 'religion' & true Christianity.
>>And I have to say, it's probably from websites like yours that they get their misinformation.<<
"Misinformation"? Ever read the WatchTower?
1799 was "definitely" the beginning of the end.
1874 Christ would return, but didn't, was it invisible?
1878 God's kingdom on earth began. JW's raptured away.
1814 The end of the world – Christ's body glorified.
1915 Armageddon finished, earth's ruler ship over thrown.
1918 The Destroyed Church. Satan's organization over thrown.
1920 End of the world.
1925 God's kingdom "definitely" set up. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob's visible resurrection. End of the world.
1929 The second presences of Christ.
1940 End of the world.
1975 The Millennium begins. End of the world. Armageddon finished.
Not to mention 1980, 1984, 1986. Say no more?
>>But as I said, if that's the way you feel then that's the way you feel. However, I dont' feel my problems will be solved by going to a "mainstream" church. Baptists have their problems along with Catholics, mormons, etc. I belive there is one true religion in the world. If I'm not in it, fine. I'll find it then. But I don't believe any of the other religions I've come into contact with so far have it either. Thank you for your time. I will read your references on your site when you put them up. Sincerely, Jessie<<
But God does have the 'answer' to your 'problem'. You need a new kind of relationship with God, impossible by works, rules or religion. Jesus described a new birth, a conversion not to a 'church', or 'religion' but a Person. As my last email said. You need God's help; not a system of rules, only He heals the blind.
Now your email on the WatchTower rules on my website. You accept and reject some. You had me wondering if they changed the rules 'without notice'. But the WatchTower says the "disfellowshipped" are 'deceived' and 'rebellious' so that had me wondering about you. Who to believe?
>>I don't know if you'll use any of this or think it over. But you should at least think about what I and others have written. Remember, this isn't coming from some "perfect witness" who goes out in service all the time and pioneers. I'm not bogged down in the place. I've had some time to step away from it. And though there are some things I disagree with it's only because of human imperfection in the organization. I still believe Jehovah is god and I do want to be reinstated someday. But I'm not going to jump through hoops to do it. I'm just going to live my life morally clean and see what happens from there. Anyway, best of luck to you. You really should watch that blood transfusion video. Or pick up some research on blood transfusions that has nothing to do with JWs. You'd probably learn some interesting stuff.<<
And I appreciate you writing. The least I can do, is share what I've found when reading the WatchTower. Regarding benefits. I didn't say 'you can collect if you don't need them' but "You can if you wish". So then one can go 'door-to-door' with the Society's magazines. And wedding confetti?
>>True. But do you know the reasons behind any of those three things? It goes back to pagan traditions.<<
Can't say I need to worry about it. You might if you want back in to the group. Not a big issue with me. It says more about the control freaks at Brooklyn, than pagan tradition. They have a system of rules that all add up for a salvation by works. Contrary to grace. There must be a hundred innocent sayings and human behaviors that also might be traced to a 'pagan' past. Certainly hundreds of rules and regulations from Brooklyn.
Every cult has their particular rules required to please God to earn salvation. In the end if your trust is in the WatchTower organization, you are trusting them for salvation, not God. I do worry that the Bible doesn't have the same authority and Brooklyn claims their books are "better".
>>No one has claimed, in my presence, that the other books are better. The Bible is the top place to get information from since it's written by God. If someone said directly to you, first hand account, that our other books are "better" then that's fine and they were wrong. But you can't take the actions or sayings of a few and say that is the standard for a group of people. Are all Germans Nazi's? No. So it stands to reason that not all JWs would be so dumb as to say the bible isn't as good as our other books.<<
The claim is their books alone provide a perfect understanding of Jehovah, and only they have the truth about the bible. You need to read WatchTower publications to learn truth, to correctly understand the bible. If you don't, and just read the bible, you will drift into deception and misunderstanding. Prove me wrong! Try ignoring WatchTower publications (they will throw you out).
WatchTower 1910 9/15 Studies in the Scriptures -