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I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I am a Christian and I believe that the Bible is the Word of God. My goal is to glorify Jehovah God, stimulate more respect for his qualities and standards, and impart accurate Bible knowledge. I have found that living by God's standards is the most enjoyable and successful way of life. "Taste and see that Jehovah is good." (Psalm 34:8) I believe that God only wants what is best for his creation and that he knows what is best for us. "I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit [yourself], the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk. O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea." (Isaiah 48:17,18) All the answers I post are primarily Bible based, and appeal to it as the authority. (2 Timothy 3:16,17) However, I also try not to go beyond the understand of the scriptures revealed through the "faithful and discreet slave." (Matthew 24:45) I believe in and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord, savior, and king. I do my best to honor and obey him in his very active role as the head of the congregation. (Colossians 1:18)

It is my hope that the answers I post will be helpful and informative to some people. I try to be tactful, polite, and respectful of others. I try not to needlessly offend others, belittle them, get into unfruitful debates, or force my views on others. However, I am not afraid to post things that run contrary to popular belief. I try to make sure my answers are on-topic and not just an excuse to talk about my beliefs. (Colossians 4:6) I am not perfect. (Romans 3:23)

For more information you can visit jw.org.


Mar
31
comment Why does God want mankind in Heaven, after they have already shown that they have the tendency to disobey?
God did not know that all things would transpire as they have. He gave us free will which means that Adam and Eve could have obeyed OR disobeyed. It does not mean that they could only have disobeyed, that would be predestination and the opposite of free will. God will never use his ability to see the future in a way that removes our free will. (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20)
Mar
14
comment Does the pope get paid for being the pope?
This answer is inaccurate. We can all see there is nothing modest about the pope's clothing.
Nov
1
comment Why are Kingdom Halls sometimes built in the “quick-build” manner?
Also, we are now emphasizing safety more than ever before. This goes for the safety of the volunteers and the buildings themselves. Even though Kingdom Halls usually get built very quickly by volunteers, these are highly organized construction projects. The construction process and buildings themselves meet or exceed local safety regulations. Even in countries where unsafe construction practices are common among the population in order to save money, we still insist on making safe buildings safely.
Nov
1
comment Did Adam and Eve end up getting saved?
If Adam and Eve did not actually die, but instead became spirits and went to heaven, then what Satan said would be more correct than what God said. Satan deceived Eve with the words: "You certainly will not die...you will be like God, knowing good and bad." (Genesis 3:4, 5)
Oct
19
comment Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels?
The links now also point to the 2013 revision because they updated jw.org to use it.
Oct
19
comment Does Satan still masquerade as a angel of light among Christians
Thanks. I hope the answer was helpful.
Oct
14
comment Does Satan still masquerade as a angel of light among Christians
Scriptural quotes are from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Revised 2013)
Oct
12
comment Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels?
Quotes are from the most recent 2013 revised New World Translations of the Holy Scriptures. Links point to the previous reference edition until the new revision is available for online reading on jw.org.
Oct
10
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?
@Matt Psalm 146:4 "His spirit goes out...On that very day his thoughts perish." This is another way of saying that the life-force of the person has ceased to be active in same sense that a flame 'goes out'. The context says your thoughts perish, but a disembodied soul or spirit as commonly conceived today would still have thoughts. The Hebrew word for spirit is "ru′ach" which has a basic meaning of "breath", and extended meanings beyond this basic sense depending on how it is used. Many other translations use the word "breath" instead of "spirit" in that verse: biblehub.com/psalms/146-4.htm
Oct
1
comment Did Jesus' disciples believe Jesus was God or a prophet?
Don't forget that these are not the only two options. They would not have to believe that he was God in order to believe he was more than just a prophet and more than just the Messiah.
Sep
1
comment Are Jobs seven sons and three daughters in Heaven?
@user2572 The comma belongs after the word today, not before. In other words you can take out the word today without significantly altering the meaning of Jesus statement. Jesus was referring to resurrection in the future to paradise on the earth. The Scriptures do not allow for the man to be with Jesus in a heavenly paradise that same day since Jesus himself had already stated that he would not be raised up until the third day. (Luke 9:22) During that three-day period he was not in heaven, because following his resurrection he said "I have not yet ascended to the Father." (John 20:17)
Sep
1
comment Did Jesus know how to read and write?
Just an interesting side note, John 8:6-8 that was quoted is part of a group of scriptures (from John 7:53-8:11) that do not appear in some manuscripts and thus may or may not belong in the inspired Holy Scriptures.
Sep
1
comment What is the biblical basis for requiring that a pastor/preacher/teacher/etc be paid for their ministry?
There is nothing wrong with receiving support or gifts from those who willingly offer it from the heart, but a minister should not demand this or make others feel obligated to give to them. This is in harmony with the principals expressed at Matthew 10:8 and 2 Corinthians 9:7.
Aug
31
comment Are Jobs seven sons and three daughters in Heaven?
@user2572 As a kindness, God took Enoch's life away rather than allow the opposers to kill him. The expression that he was "transferred so as not to see death" may mean that God put him in a prophetic trance and ended his life while still in the trance so he would not experience the pangs of death. (Hebrews 11:5) It cannot mean that he was taken to heaven because this would contradict Jesus clear statement at John 3:13. The dead are simply in a state of non-existence, which is why the Bible compares death to sleep for those getting a resurrection. (John 11:11-14; Acts 7:60; 1 Corinthians 15:6)
Aug
31
comment Are Jobs seven sons and three daughters in Heaven?
@user2572 I am not really following your reasoning. There is nothing there to indicate Moses was going to heaven. The dispute was over Moses dead body. The scriptures do not say what Satan had in mind for Moses' body, but he may have wanted to entice people to worship Moses' body or grave in some way.
Jul
15
comment Was the snake a wayward animal?
Revelation 12:9 confirms that this serpent was under the control of Satan the Devil.
Jun
28
comment Why Are Jehovah's Witnesses Holding a Memorial Service for Jesus on Tuesday, March 26th?
In 2012, the worldwide Memorial attendance was 19,013,343 (according to the 2013 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses).
Oct
1
comment Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?
@tunmisefashipe Thx for the questions. Q1)transfiguration: This was a "vision". (Matthew 17:19) Moses and Elijah were not literally present, but were represented in vision. Otherwise this would contradict other Scriptures (see answer). Q2)Jesus appearance: After Jesus was killed, he was completely dead for a time. It wasn't until the "third day" that his Father resurrected him back to life. (Matthew 16:21; Acts 2:24-27) Q3)Jesus words at John 14:3: This refers to the relative few who receive the "first resurrection" who will serve as priests and kings over the earth. (Revelation 20:6, 5:9,10)
Sep
1
comment Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter?
@MonikaMichael This is way after the fact, but "hi" back and thanks for the welcome! Also thanks for the bounty. Let me know if there are still any points here that need more clarification or if you would like additional scriptural evidence.
Aug
21
comment Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?
@Caleb I will see what I can dig up in the way of historical references. I often prefer to focus on reasoning from the scriptures which is something that both Jesus and the apostle Paul did. (Acts 17:2, 3).