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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:29 PM on 04/15/2013
Jehovah's Witnesses are in *breach of the preach*.
Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizing is a false Gospel. (Gal. 1:8)

Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date.
They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……They have infighting,crime and child abuse as bad as any church out there.

Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.
Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15)
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Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness
11:33 AM on 04/15/2013
http://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/genesis/1 One of my favorite things to do is listen to the Bible online.. you can HEAR the Book of Revelation and other books, truly brings it to life and in a modern language that can truly be understood.
Read it for yourself!
Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:31 PM on 04/15/2013
“Feed your faith and starve your doubts.”
What keeps doomsday cults going after repeated prophetic failures.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are still expecting the end because their rational mind no longer works it has become irrational because the desire for a new world is so potent it overwrites everything else”~ Greendawn

Cognitive dissonance:In brief, the theory of cognitive dissonance holds that contradicting cognitions serve as a driving force that compels the mind to acquire or invent new thoughts or beliefs, or to modify existing beliefs, so as to minimize the amount of dissonance (conflict) between cognitions.
08:08 PM on 05/05/2013
Considering that Jehovah's Witnesses have never believed in Doomsday, (as far back as when C. T. Russell and the International Bible Students were predicting the end of the Gentile Times in 1914, they knew that the earth and mankind would not destroyed then), I'm not sure whether you're mixing parts of different quotations, quoting something out of context, or the author simply didn't have his facts straight.

As long as Jehovah's Witnesses have been telling anyone who will listen, that Armageddon will be survived on earth by "a great crowd that no man can number", if anyone thinks we believe in Doomsday, they do so only because they don't want to know what we believe.
10:48 AM on 04/15/2013
If not for the Witnesses coming to my door I would have missed out on this amazing passage:
With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them.4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
One of m all time favorites.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:12 PM on 04/15/2013
Armageddon-aint-a-coming-so-im-a-getting-outta-here...
Watchtower Jehovahs Witnesses have lost credibility with their own *Millerite Math* doctrine of Jesus ‘invisible’ second coming October 1914.
Watchtower society false prophets declare Armageddon end of world in 1874, 1878, 1881, 1910, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, and 1984....
Jesus said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves" (Matt 23:15)
Jehovah Witnesses reckless predictions of the (1914) (1975)..... second coming of Christ hardens skeptics in their unbelief and provides new fodder for cynics to mock the Christian faith.

---Danny Haszard been there!

(Actual news releases on Armageddon 1975 prediction)

http://www.dannyhaszard.com/1975.htm

We Jehovah Witnesses had a slogan back in the early 1970's -*Will you be alive in 1975?*
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
01:03 PM on 04/15/2013
Yes Rev 21:1-8 is a popular recruiting scripture for Jehovah's Witnesses.The issue is the timing of Jesus enthronement which according to the Revelation Climax book is in the month of October 1914.
The Watchtower still holds Jesus second coming on that date,the chronology has been disapproved as originating from second Adventist.
The founder of Jehovah's Witnesses Charles Russell also derived the 1914 date from occult pyramidology.
09:49 AM on 04/10/2013
Matthew 24:9 'And you will be objects of hatred on account of my name". This and many other statements by Jesus in the area of how his disciples would be treated, show that who ever it is that truly represents he and and father, will be hated, and without cause..
Not the only proof to look for when searching for the truth, but it is a sure sign.
They do not mug you, or blow up your car, they do not kill your children in war, they are working hard to fight the effects of human imperfections, and they care enough to brave every sort of obstacle to share what the Bible says.

They oppose abortion, but not with rally's and mobs, just through the sharing of God's thoughts on the matter.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:36 AM on 04/11/2013
Jehovah's Witnesses aren't 'persecuted' on account of Jesus name' any more than any other evangelical group.In fact JW enjoy liberty and tax free status in almost all countries in the world except for the handful (like Iran,North Korea) that are more authoritarian oppressive than they are.
10:20 AM on 04/11/2013
A man says he is a carpenter, but when you look at his work, you find it to be sorely lacking.
Is he a carpenter just because he claims to be?
Is an organization Christian just because they have a sign that says so?
At Matthew chapter 7 Jesus deals with this issue, "You will know them by the fruits they bear".
Do we judge an organization based on the actions of a few, or do we base it on the whole, and the actions the organization takes to curtail the un Biblical behavior of the few?
What are the fruits of Jehovah's Witnesses?
My personal opinion, I find it a stunning sight when I see thousands of people from every nation, tribe, people, ethic group, race, and socioeconomic background living, meeting and serving together in peace.
It would be foolish however to imagine that there would be total and complete peace, imperfections create challenges.
It would also be unrealistic to imagine such a group would not have its detractors, just read the Greek Scriptures, early Christians struggled with the same issues.

Who knows, you may be related...
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
02:35 AM on 04/10/2013
The JW 'Warning Message'.

How and why Jehovah Witnesses perform like a terrorist group.
As an impressionable child I was phobic indoctrinated with doomsday preparations about the Watchtowers coming 'warning work'.

That we would some day 'soon' be required by Jehovah our God to go door to door and declare to every home with a judgemental proclamation,'that every man,woman,child is about to die horribly' and the only salvation is the JW who are no longer allowing anyone into their 'ark of salvation'.

This very inflammatory hate message would incite jealous non believers to 'attack God's anointed' and provoke his wrath to bring about Armageddon with only JW who were obedient and trusting in Jehovah permitted to survive.
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Tell the truth don't be afraid-Danny Haszard www.dannyhaszard.com
03:07 PM on 04/09/2013
Michael, I will discuss just about anything with anyone, but in the area of Christian beliefs, if a person cannot see that say the Trinity doctrine is non Biblical, or that a Christian cannot kill another Christian in war, why then would I sit down to discuss something far more complex like Bible prophesy?
The Witnesses do however quote many outside sources.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
01:47 AM on 04/10/2013
The trinity doctrine and the proper spelling and pronunciation of God's name YHWH is an enigma that serves well as a red-herring distraction for the Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizers.

Endless trinity debates by the Jehovah's Witnesses apologist is to complicate reader discovery of the Watchtower's REAL purpose of having come into existence [to proclaim Jesus return 1914]
Moreover,the Watchtower's stereotypical "three headed deity" is not same the version of the trinity faiths.
11:34 PM on 04/10/2013
Hello Br. "MontecWillis",

If the "Witnesses do quote many outside sources" they are disobeying the Watchtower orders ! The Watchtower (GB) highly discourages even going to forbid it's members to read any literature other than the organization's literature. The WTS even discourages members from reading other non-WT Christian literatures !
11:00 AM on 04/11/2013
Then i am in a lot of trouble...
02:37 PM on 04/11/2013
Sam, pick up any of the publications, or go here: http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/?start=12, focus on those publications that deal with science and history, notice all the outside references used in them?
Jehovah's Witnesses collect(critics would say selectively)any information that will assist those searching for Bible truths and learning more about our spectacular creator.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
01:05 AM on 04/09/2013
Jehovah's Witnesses would be obscure and no one would say anything negative about them except they instigate problems.

1) break up families under the guise of Jesus said so.

2) let kids die from no blood transfusion then say it's from God and then have all kinds of you can use blood parts loopholes.

3) go door to door and lie about why they are really there say it's to encourage Bible reading when they want to get literature in your hands ask for donation and then come back bothersome because you took literature just to be nice to them.
Get rid of these 3 things and you will do fine maybe even God will like you better
12:49 PM on 04/18/2013
I am not here to argue with you or to invite hecklers, nor will I respond to heckling. My responses are just a different point of view.

1) Jesus was talking about families being divided over some choosing to follow him while some of their family members aggressively opposed their study of the Bible or changing to a new way of life.

2) Because of Jehovah's Witnesses, new medical procedures involving bloodless surgery have been discovered and have also proven to be more successful than using blood in surgery since the patients ultimately end up living longer healthier lives. Since it would take up too much space to paste the links in here, I invite you to do a Google search for "Jehovah's Witnesses bloodless surgery," you will find many examples of the benefits. Curiously, it seems perfectly normal even encouraged for people to send their children off to war to become "hero's" who died serving their country. What's the problem with dying for what you believe in? Here are the links:

3) While the printing of the literature is supported by voluntary donations that cover the cost of printing and other expenses, the purpose is to bring the message to people. The literature is not ever for sale or sold, you will not see bar codes on the Bibles or any other literature. Jesus said, "you received free, you must also give free."
01:04 PM on 04/08/2013
JWs are the North Korea of world religion. Completely oblivious, totally isolated except for when they're recruiting, always told they're the most joyful, happiest people on Earth.

They're fed "The Truth"(TM) by a global publishing house (rich from its property and self-finance investments). What other religion refers to its members as "publishers"?

I bet the average JW can't even name the eight Governing Body popes/dictators who front the Watch Tower Society.

I was in this soul-sucking doomsday cult for 40 years. I can call it a cult because, well, it is. And it scares its followers into believing the end of the world is imminent using books such as The "Revelation: Its Grand Climax at Hand!".

Thanks for the article, Mr Gilmour.
10:37 PM on 04/08/2013
If it takes a person years to figure out that the organization they are a part of is somehow corrupt, one they promoted, are they truly in a position to give advice? Humility is in order. And if they truly believe what they say and write, then contrition is the order of the day...
04:53 PM on 04/09/2013
I wasn't actually giving advice, but I'll bite. Yes, an ex-cult member is clearly in a far better position to give advice than someone still in a cult. Isn't that obvious?

The JW religion began as a doomsday cult, its origins are in the occult, and it's still ordering its followers to preach the same doom, gloom and fear today. It's a well known fact that your founder Charles Taze Russel would be disfellowshipped for his beliefs by your current GB popes.

And I don't understand why I should be contrite. I believe what 'I say and write', unlike the WTS.
11:48 AM on 04/10/2013
A person that remained in a "cult" that they could have left at anytime they so desired, yet stayed, disseminating the "cult" message for 30 to 40 years before they figured "it" out, is not a good source for enlightenment, at least not for me...
I left the Baptist church due to doctrines and practices that were clearly not Biblical, and the overt racism that still exists is known to all...I did not choose to be a Baptist, but it was the religion of my family. When I got old enough to choose for myself, I left.
It is my experience that most leave JW's due to not living up to the Bible's standards of morality.
Some leave due to some perceived offense, or disagreements with others.
Those who do leave never look back, and the majority do not bother with beating their former brothers. Who really has time for that?
Pandering, seething hatred, and one sided views are very unattractive.
10:40 AM on 04/08/2013
This article is written from the viewpoint that "leaders" of the organization whimsically decide interpretation and the rest blindly follow.

While the current world philosophy of internet experts might be to question everything, there is one fatal flaw with such reasoning: in the end all you have are unanswered questions. On the other hand witnesses strive to follow the course of: if God inspired the Bible, then truth is attainable and interpretation of scripture comes from scripture itself. You want to explain a scripture, it must harmonise with the rest of the Bible, not with the zeitgeist.

The RGCH book follows that pattern. The times we live in today fit the last days mentioned in the Bible. Therefore any interpretation of Revelation must include events that have affected God's people in modern times. If you believe God's people means you, then of course those events would be in the history of the Organization/Church you belong to.

So the book is the truth as we understand it today (chapter 1, par. 8). We can't explain every detail of Revelation, but we sincerely believe that Jehovah will clarify that when it is time. Until then we read the Bible again, and again, and again. And if the times comes for an adjusted understanding, we adjust. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that God inspired the Bible, it is his inspired word. We don't believe that the organizations literature is inspired, but a genuine effort to be used by God to explain His word.
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samearl
What is truth?
01:01 AM on 05/05/2013
I've done a lot of reading and I've read a lot of WT literature and the article is completely correct when it gives a viewpoint that "leaders" of the organization whimsically decide interpretation and the rest blindly follow.”

How can you say that you don’t believe that book is inspired? If any baptized person disagrees with anything written in that book, they will be ostracized and lose all of their acquaintances within that organization and will have to start life anew, with a completely new set of friends and family. You can juggle definition but that’s just how it is.
09:12 PM on 04/07/2013
Here is a better place to begin a true journey of who the Witnesses are and why they came to be.
Simple.
They began as many of us do, they started searching for truth..all were in some way affiliated with a church or religion.
What they found: Short list.
The Bible is absolutely the inspired word of God.
God does not burn people for TRILLIONS of years.
Jesus is NOT God. He is as the Bible clearly states, God's Son.
Humans do not have an immortal soul.
Christians cannot kill their brothers or anyone else for that matter.
Most modern holiday's have a pagan background, and many of the symbols, chicken, egg, bunny..
and should not be celebrated by those who want to please their creator.
All Christians must "witness" about the things they know.
Interesting, many people unknowingly agree with most if not all of the statements above.
Thanks!
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
11:51 PM on 04/07/2013
The Watchtower uses vaguely-Bible-based dating, starting at the fall of Jerusalem, to show that Jesus returned (invisibly) in 1914 to inspect their organization and then approve it as the only True Religion in 1919. But that works only if Jerusalem fell in 607 BC (as the Watchtower claims), not 587 BC (as accepted by historians).

With regard to Christ's presence, the standard Jehovah's Witnesses answer (which is unscriptural & ludicrous in the extreme!!) is this;
Christ came in 1919 to cleanse the temple and to select a 'faithful slave class', then he went away again - for circa 100 years give or take - but then he will come back again, this time to finish the job on a global scale!

Teaching 'traditions of men' invalidates God's Word!!
Test the inspired expression - to see if it originates with God!!
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
05:50 AM on 04/06/2013
Regarding,Jehovah's Witnesses and 1914 date for Jesus *return*,the ground zero foundation for Revelation Climax book.

If a million people believe in a falsehood for a hundred years it's STILL a falsehood.

Jesus did not have his second coming in 1914,Mary is not the mother of God,Jesus did not come to America with golden plates, Muhammad did not ascend to heaven on a flying horse....

If a billion people believe in a falsehood for a thousand years it's STILL a falsehood.

More on apocalyptic dates: http://www.dannyhaszard.com/colitis.htm
06:34 PM on 04/05/2013
Well written article. It is accurate, and may not go quite far enough. Why do JW's stay isolated from scholarly examination? They simply believe Satan manipulates anything not within their ranks. This automatic distrust of anything that could be considered "dissenting" information is rampant. it is not uncommon if you have a question about something considered negative, that you are immediately asked, "did you see that on the internet?".

In addition, apologetic discussion on all levels is severely discouraged. Those that post here do so at there peril, or at the very least probably do not serve in the congregation.

When there is an unwillingness to look at anything other than "approved" information, what else is the outside world supposed to think of Jehovah's Witnesses? Especially when what is taught via your leaders is subject to change, and enforced through a communal shunning program?

It is the most harmful seemingly harmless religion out there. You surrender your ability to think in order to be one. So to isolate themselves from the scholarly community is no stretch in reality.
12:55 AM on 04/06/2013
To your point, not sure you have a case here, for the whole world is considering the scholarly examinations and look at the shape it is in...
Would you say that the silly, childish, hopelessly unbelievable theory of evolution is a scholarly examination?
Most Witnesses I have ever known read everything of value, just so little to choose from..
True Witnesses are there because they asked questions, who would choose to become a social outcast and the target of bigoted hate speech like what is found here?
11:35 PM on 04/07/2013
Yes they don't ask questions in universities or peer reviewed science. I mean why would you read anything from Biblical Scholarship, archaeology, historians, anthropologist, biologists and geologists when you can just ask some New York State residing bible students. "Everything of Value", well yes of course, only the societies literature since everything else is tainted by a supernatural evil creature named Satan. Thankfully the governing body provides such useful health recommendations (and then changes) like being against vaccinations or organ transplants. Or how bout the end is nigh predictions which always come true but we just have not realized it as it is in an alternate universe.

Yes, hate speech, unlike the Watchtower which has those wonderful front covers with priests running from fireballs on judgement day. They take all the fruits of society and then spit on it, calling the gov't and the system evil. Ironically Satan is such a nice guy he provides them with preferential tax treatment, oh the persecution of the wallet indeed.
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samearl
What is truth?
01:12 AM on 05/05/2013
“Would you say that the silly, childish, hopelessly unbelievable theory of evolution is a scholarly examination?”

Most educated people today know the difference between fairy-tales and science. Most silly, childish people who believe in creationism belong in religious organizations that believe nonsense over proven science. They are also in organizations that try to prevent their children from attending universities. Why? Because those who go to college and learn any science never go back.
04:06 AM on 04/06/2013
"You surrender your ability to think in order to be one."...since I have been a Jehovah's Witness I have thought on and questioned all aspects of life...from the vastness of the universe to the complex microcosm of our human makeup.
Critical thinking is useless when it tears down but does not replace. I have spoken to evolutionists...athesists etc and they offer nothing...no answers...no purpose...no meaning.

1 Corinthians 1:19-25
19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength

so your statement is factually incorrect in my case and all the other Jehovah's Witnesses I know.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:37 AM on 04/05/2013
Revelation Climax book partial timeline:

According to the Watchtower magazine of Jehovah's Witnesses, these are the actual sequence of events that led to the start of World War I:
1) The Gentile Times ended on October 1/2, 1914
2) Jesus took the throne immediately thereafter.
3) One of Jesus' first tasks as the newly enthroned King was to engage in a heavenly war against Satan and his demons.
4) Having won the war against Satan and his demons, Jesus expelled Satan and his demons from the heavenly realm giving them only terrestial access.
5) Since Satan is a sore loser, he became extremely bitter and decided to wreak havoc upon all the earth.
6) Filled with anger, Satan then provoked the nations of the earth into a 4 year bloody battle known today as World War I
So there you have it... WWI started sometime in October of 1914 (not July 1914 as history books would have you believe). The FDS should send an email out to all profesors of world history so that they may keep up with Jehovah's chariot..
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More on this http://www.jwfacts.com .
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:26 AM on 04/05/2013
Simple fact ... the Watchtower (WTS). constructed its doctrines to create interest and attract attention from the public,
in other words they confabulated. 1914, 1925 , 1975 the great tribulation the end times etc . these and many others are
nothing but adulterated commercialized doctrines to support the proliferation of the WTS. published goods.
The WTS. is a religious publishing house that started up in a country with no restrictions on to how and what a organized religion
can preach. Each and every Jehovahs Witness is and has been trained to be a sales representatives for this publishing house.
Charlatanism existed in the religious organization (WTS.) from its very beginning and it still operates very much in the same way.
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DannyHaszard
Danny Haszard Bangor Maine Educator
12:24 AM on 04/05/2013
Jehovah's Witnesses *blood transfusion confusion*.

In 2013 God's will and scripture has little to do with the Jehovah's Witnesses position on use of blood products.
The JW leadership is foremost concerned what will play out in a secular court of law as to the parent Watchtower being held liable for wrongful deaths.
Most Jehovah's Witnesses rushed to the ER with massive blood loss will cry NO BLOOD right up to their last breath,The shocker is they can now have most of the blood components that will pull them through,but they are so indoctrinated that blood is forbidden that they can't comprehend the loopholes.
The Watchtower has drilled and grilled us that our stand on blood is NON NEGOTIABLE.
The loopholes that allow blood usage is to save the Watchtower corporation money from blood death liability suits.
The New York city based Watchtower sect is concerned foremost with liability lawsuits for wrongful death.They know that if they repeal the ban on *whole* blood transfusion,that it will open the door for legal examination of all the thousands who have died since 1945.
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Danny Haszard

http://www.ajwrb.org/articles/articles/really_abstain.php