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Old 06-20-2016, 10:52 AM
 
Location: California USA
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I struggle with this. I grew up JW and left. Yes, they have and have always had that weakness of making grandiose predictions, they don't come true, and then they just say that the light gets brighter.


There are the doctrinal issues like the Trinity that I've learned about as an adult, also.


But they hold fast to black and white biblical principles and day to day Christian living like no other Christian denomination. What do I mean? I mean enforcing sexual morality - I know promiscuous Baptists who are involved in church leadership/outreach, Catholics don't hold to their own rules so flagrantly I don't need to list anything, MOST churches will allow remarriage after unbiblical divorce. Marriage itself - egalitarian orgs are straight up delusional ignoring Pauline headship and submission. Mainline churches ordain women and gays, and you have to tie yourself in knots to justify that biblically.


The JWs hold the lifestyle rules like no one else.
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Former Catholic (and I have no animosity towards my former faith) who moved on and found what works for me. Relatively new JW but I've had relatives who were longstanding JWs. I think we all realize men are not infallible and we stick with what Jesus said about the end times...only the Father knows (if not, then people should re-read the Bible). However as was noted by a previous post Jesus and the apostles encouraged the disciples to think about the end times as being "right around the corner." And as noted predictions are just that, predictions and not prophesy.

To me Divine truths do not contradict (if they appear to then it's myself that needs to do more research). The Trinity is considered a central doctrine among most Christian faiths however, considering the totality of Scriptures and what secular history reveals about the development of the doctrine it should make one carefully re-examine such thinking.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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The JWs hold the lifestyle rules like no one else.
Why do you think that is?

Why can't others do so?
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:14 PM
 
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The JWs hold the lifestyle rules like no one else.
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Why do you think that is?
Ignorance and superstition.
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Why can't others do so?
They know that trying to enforce rules using human coercion is AGAINST God's wishes for us to VOLUNTARILY love Him and follow Christ's example of agape love for us all.
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:03 PM
 
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Why do you think that is?

Why can't others do so?
There are a lot of other religions like the JWs in that they control their people. Scientology is one, Jim Jones and the peoples temple was another. Your belief is not only not original but your org stole it from the Adventist movement of the 1840s. But you do not want to know the truth.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:53 PM
 
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There are a lot of other religions like the JWs in that they control their people. Scientology is one, Jim Jones and the peoples temple was another. Your belief is not only not original but your org stole it from the Adventist movement of the 1840s. But you do not want to know the truth.
Jehovah's Witnesses do not control anyone. That is a claim made with no reality to it.

Some of the beliefs in the IBSA came from Adventists, but the majority went away as the group grew and those who held to just Russell's beliefs left. To some extent those IBSA/Russell followers still exist.

You do not really know much about Jehovah's Witnesses.
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