Hello! As you can see by the title I grew up as a JW and well...I love it :) I just got baptized at the international convention and I'm really excited haha it was so good and it was so enjoyable seeing 449 NEW people give there life to serving the only one true God, Jehovah.

My life when I was younger wasn't bad at all really, not celebrating holidays was fine lol I didn't really care not celebrating them and I never felt "left out" because I guess it help to know why I don't celebrate them and that they are wicked and pagan things. Yes I got tease here and there for being a JW when I was in school and even still little now but guess what? I don't care! Jesus had to go through far worst than me and so if Jesus could go through what he went through then I'm SURE I can get through a little name calling and teasing and doors slamming in my face.

I'm just so grateful for Jehovah that I have a wonderful and beautiful mother that is in the truth (my dad isn't) but I'm also so grateful that I have so many loving friends that are in the truth as well and also grateful that I was not raised in Babylon (false religion) I know this is the truth and nobody can't tell me different. I will continue to preach Jehovah's word for a long time till he tells me to stop :) and the resurrection happens and I get to see all my grand parents and my great aunt and more people that I loved and have passed away.

I am a Jehovah witness and proud to be one and I will be one till death. I love all my Jehovah witnesses people out there and I encourage you all to keep serving Jehovah faithfully and let NOTHING get you to stumble because Satan will try but with Jehovah's help you can fight satan and make him frown.
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Also, I gotta say, be careful on here that you don't run into apostates. Agape.

Which international? If it was New Orleans I was there.

It just sincerely hurts my heart to see people fall for this religion. All you have to do is do some research. Or just use common sense... how could a religion that changes it's facts be true? How can a religion that started in the late 1800's be the be all end all religion? I was raised in this religion and never once felt the presence of God. But that's how it works, when you are so lost from Jesus's love and detached from God's direction, you will follow anyone who promises validation in your spirituality. But when you read man written literature more than you do THE BIBLE... something is wrong. After 16 years being fully submerged with this organization, I am happy to say I have left it. And I will continue to pray for those in it to have a moment of clarity and see all the things that God has allowed me to see.

Hi, I was just wondering what you thought about Spirit Mediums. As a Christian, I myself would want nothing to do with a Spirit Medium.

Hi! I would be glade to explain to you about my thoughts on that and well to start off you are very right to not want anything to do with a spirit mediums. Spirit Mediums contact the dead I believe and if you look at deuteronomy 18: 10 - 12 NWT it says..." There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination,anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer,11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable practices Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you"

So this scripture is telling us that a person that inquires of the dead (which spirit mediums do) are bad to do and are detestable to Jehovah God. Jehovah forbid these practices because they were from Satan and his demons who are behind all kinds of magic and fortune tellers and spirit mediums!

There was also one account in the bible at Acts 16: 16 - 18, Paul and his friend were going to a place of prayer when a women (possessed by a demon that gave her the ability to tell fortunes) came and followed them for days! and Paul casted the demon out of her after he grew tired of her following them.

So fortunetelling and Sprit Mediums all fall under the category of magic which is clearly condemned in the bible. So personally I stay clear from them :)

What fascinates me is the Watchtower used a Spirit Medium to help translate John 1:1 in their own New World Translation.
■The Watchtower, April 1, 1983 page 31
Questions From Readers
■ Why, in recent years, has The Watchtower not made use of the translation by the former Catholic priest, Johannes Greber?
This translation was used occasionally in support of renderings of Matthew 27:52, 53 and John 1:1, as given in the New World Translation and other authoritative Bible versions. But as indicated in a foreword to the 1980 edition of The New Testament by Johannes Greber, this translator relied on “God’s Spirit World” to clarify for him how he should translate difficult passages. It is stated: “His wife, a medium of God’s Spiritworld was often instrumental in conveying the correct answers from God’s Messengers to Pastor Greber.” The Watchtower has deemed it improper to make use of a translation that has such a close rapport with spiritism. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) The scholarship that forms the basis for the rendering of the above-cited texts in the New World Translation is sound and for this reason does not depend at all on Greber’s translation for authority. Nothing is lost, therefore, by ceasing to use his New Testament.

Mmmm

May I ask, why did the Watchtower quote Johannes Greber's bible translation from 1962 to 1976 to support their doctrines all the while knowing that he was a spirit medium in 1956?
■The Watchtower February 15, 1956 Page 110 & 111 sited for support
■The Watchtower September 15, 1962 Page 554 sited for support
■“The Word – Who is HE? According to John Page 5 sited for support
■Aid to Bible Understanding Page 1134 sited for support
■Aid to Bible Understanding Page 1134 sited for support
■The Watchtower October 15, 1975 Page 640 sited for support
■The Watchtower April 15, 1976 Page 231 sited for support

Zlo

Okay um sorry but I'm a little confused about what you just said XD I'm positive that no one used magic to translate the bible but from what I can understand is that I'm pretty sure you are just misunderstanding.

Uh .... No .... Do your research!!!!! You will be surprised at what you WILL find. What do you think about the book "Angels and Women" from 1924? Or even better the books "Light 1" and "Light 2" from 1930 written by the Watchtower? I thought communicating with angels in white was a big no no.

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Church propaganda.
You'd never get baptized with hair like that, if that's you in your picture. There are strict rules about appearance and grooming. Witnesses don't get to look however they want or dress however they like. It's part of the mind control tactics.
I bleached my hair white once, and got pulled back and 'counseled' over it, and countless 'sisters' got on me about how I dressed myself, the shoes I wore, how many times my ears were pierced, ect.
It's all mind control. All of it. The second you decide not to marry the ugly girl your parents and the congregation encourage (force) you to date, they will write you off, and when you leave the church, all of your friends will magically disappear.
My dad isn't in the church, and he has been instrumental in my leaving....because it's all bullshit. All of it. They just want to control people and make money. The Watchtower society is a $2 billion dollar enterprise. Think about it.

Babe first of all I had to laugh because that is me in the picture but that's a hat I am wearing that I won at D&B (an arcade place) I would never wear that thing outside on a regular basis 😂😂😂 and it's not mind control lol. Second I'm sure a right minded parent wouldn't let there child get piercings all over there body and tattoos (which a true Christian would never do) but personally I never had a problem with the "strict dressing tactic" and plenty of sisters dye there hair different colors but not like crazy bright colors, maybe dark colors. Also I don't know what type of shoes you wore but must of been something pretty crazy because I have seen sisters in KINGDOM HALLS (not church) with like freakin 10 inch sparkly heels on and I'm sure never had a problem. Third, I honesty don't know if your making this all up or what because I have not once seen what you said happen and I have been to a bunch of Kingdom Halls. I always learn that you DO NOT! rush into marriage, the bible even mentions it's better to be single! It's true tho many married couples in the truth may have rushed into marriage but they were WARNED not to do that, so really that's there own fault.

and sorry if I misspelled anything I kinda type so fast and don't bother to really go over the message.

Actually, your spelling isn't bad at all.
I appreciate your viewpoint, but mine is different. I had a far different experience than you, and it was far from positive.
I was torn down, told I couldn't go to college, and told I'd never be married (shortly after I refused to date a ministerial servant). It was a dress-down, and I am glad I am away from them now.
Granted, you are probably from a larger city, where I was in a congregation in a city of about 30,000 with 125 members in the congregation. Grand Island, Nebraska. You can fact check this, I'll give you my name. I was a member of the congregation for five years.
I know that being from a smaller area could possibly make the brothers and sisters see things more strictly, as I moved to Omaha (pop 300,000, I think) when I was 17, and had a rather positive experience. I did go my own ways, because I wanted to be a doctor and I wanted life experiences that were different than what's expected of sisters. My dad is a feminist who raised me as a feminist, and this ended up clashing with expected conduct. Yes, I have tattoos. Yes, I have piercings. Yes, I go to college. Yes, I believe that women are equal to men and should be treated as such. Yes, I now attend a different, more liberal church with views close to my own. Does it make me a bad person? No. It just means I found my place in life.
It doesn't make you a bad person that you found your place in life with the witnesses, either.
Just try to keep your mind open, ok? When I was 15, I thought I'd be a pioneer forever. By the time I was 17, I'd realized what a giant mistake I had made, and that my life needed more. I needed to learn and grow in a different environment.
I recant the things I said to you about the mind control. Occasionally, I get a little irritated, I am a bit of a hothead. I am also still a bit disgruntled with the Witnesses, because when I admitted I had Antisocial Personality Disorder, the elders informed me I was a budding serial killer and would be treated with 0 tolerance (thus, all the 'counsel'). It wasn't handled well on their parts or mine, and it's really rough letting it go, because I was asking for help and guidance and some understanding and it seemed like all I got was constant reprimand, so I did whatever I wanted instead, because I felt they were simply trying to contain and control me.

Okay I'm so sorry that you feel that way and if you believe that you have found the right path to everlasting life then okay fine. and no, it does not make you a bad person that you found a church that fits your personal beliefs but just remember the bible warns us about having our "ears tickled" meaning that people will hear what they want to hear and not hear what they need to hear. Many people don't like hearing the truth. and with the whole antisocial disorder thing maybe you just took the counsel the wrong way? I mean I know I'm a total shy person when it comes to talking to new people and all the friends at the halls have been helping on that and there tips have worked. Also you must have learn that we don't go to college because since we dedicated our lives to God, college and things like that (even sometimes work can take up your time) and you can fall away from serving God. You might start off by not praying to him as much or not going to your worship gatherings as much and other spiritual things that draws us close to Jehovah and before you know it you have totally fell away from God by focusing on other things and we don't want that to happen, there are many ways other than college to have a wonderful and successful life. Jehovah witnesses doesn't contain there members or "control" they were just trying to look out for you because they know this is satan's world and if satan gets the chance he will devour you (spiritually) anything in this world can take your eyes off of Jehovah. If you think about it when a child is growing up and the parents has all these rules the child may think that the parent is controlling there life and not letting them have any fun but in reality the parents are looking out for there children and trying to keep them safe because this is a wicked world! It's the same way with us, the elders don't try to control us but they are looking out for us because they don't want us to stumble and they care for us very much.

They do use control tactics, but there is no need to discuss that here, because I'm agreeing to disagree.
I want to be a doctor. There is no alternative to college for me. The elders suggested that I had already learned a trade, and that I stop 'being so selfish and continue to pioneer.'
The major issue were running into here is that I don't believe in 'god.' I never really have. Part of anti-social personality disorder is being 'overly' rational. I can't be convinced to believe in irrational things. But that's ok.
I'm still nice to witnesses. I take the mags, because my stepmother likes reading them, and I donate because I remember how expensive supplies (plus the donations that I gave for my placement materials) were when I was pioneering.
I have decided I will not be returning, though, and it was about the time Anonymous made a call to action concerning the Watchtower society, with the fact that sexual assaults on children were kept in a database and none (or not very many) of those pedophiles are rotting in jail this very second. I also discovered that I had been worshipping alongside a man who had molested a large amount of the young men in my congregation. I was disgusted, and I couldn't believe that they would protect monsters like that, I mean, this 'brother' was allowed privileges! Was allowed around children...
I draw the line at taking rights away from children, but then again, I am older than you, approaching childbearing age, and I need to consider what environment, what community I'll raise them in, and the Witnesses are no longer an appealing religion/community.
But, as I said, your beliefs are your beliefs and I fully support your right to have them. They just don't work for some, and I'm one of the 'some.'

Well those men that did those awful things will have to answer to Jehovah when Armageddon arrives, I also still don't see how they use mind control skills when all they ever did to me was teach me the bible, they loved me like any other parent would love there children but whatever that's your opinion. Believing in God isn't irrational at all but again that is just me and if ya don't agree then you don't have too, all I'm saying is that the bible has changed my life. and I don't mean to get into your personal business but is it really appropriate/professional for a doctor to have tattoos and piercings?? I don't see to many doctors with those really but I suppose if you can't see them and it's not noticeable then I guess it would be okay for them. Anyway I have to say I'm glad your stepmother enjoys reading the magazines and hopefully she will seek for her spiritual needs and nothing stops her.

One other thing is that if your having trouble believing in God then I guess that's why your going to a church because maybe it will help you? Idk but anyway if your happy where your at then fine, but you never know your heart condition could change.

Tattoos and piercings mean nothing when your grade point average is a 4.0. Plus, it's not like my face is all pierced or I have tattoos covering the majority of my body. I have gauged ears (but not to a huge size), and I'm sure my nose will end up having a tiny stud in it again soon.
I have two tattoos on my upper back, just below my neck, which are easily covered by my clothing, and trust me, no one will be looking at my tattoos when I'm cutting into someone in order to save their life.
See, the religion puts a stigma on tattoos and piercings. It inflicts with a person's right to be an individual by dressing and looking however they like, and that is a freedom you are entitled to, simply by existing in America

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Great example of how religion controls/brainwashes people.

Lol you can say I'm brainwashed all you want but I know what is true. Everything I learn is from the bible and like I told that other lady I know that my God is real and you can't tell me any different soooo yeah. But if your heart ever changes then feel free to ask me anything :)

Just to poke at what you said. Every thing you learned is from the bible. How can you claim it's right when the translation isn't right? For example; Thou shall not let a witch live. Real translation. Thou shall not let a poisoner or a corrupter to live. Because of this translation thousands of people suffered and have died because of it. I believe God is real too. I just don't believe in the Christian idea of God.

I was wondering (and this is something I've been meaning to ask a true religious person) have you ever (off the record) Wondered if none of this is true that you're waisting your life in a fantasy world?

Nahhh, I know what I'm teaching and learning are true :) I have proof of my own, I have seen what Jehovah can do and if you ever want to know something then feel free to ask.

So you've never even considered any other possibilities!???

I grew up christian. I have studied your religion and many others. As you put it I follow the wicked path. I am a Pagan. I us to think just like you. I was spoon feed my religion and I thought it was great. Until I took a much deeper look at things. I found too many unanswered questions and fake people. I found my own path to follow. I am not saying you are wrong for what you believe. I think it's great you found something to believe in and that you want to express it. I wish more people felt the same way. I am sick of hearing people judging the Pagan faith. Jesus wanted followers to love thy neighbor. Not to condemn them. Some where in history we lost that translation.

I considered possibilities and ran away from this religion as fast as I could.

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