Jehovah’s Witnesses: Do you understand the difference between a lie and a hypothetical question?
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July 24, 2019 / By Thomasine Question:
A hypothetical scenario asks you to assume that something is true and to explain how you (or your faith) would react if it were true. For instance, a Catholic person might be asked this question:
If your local priest was accused of molesting an alter boy, how would the elders respond?
Notice that because this question totally is hypothetical, the information conveyed is not a “lie.”
However, if I said, “I know for an absolute fact that your parish priest is currently molesting alter boys,” then that would qualify as a bald-faced lie.
Can you see the difference?
Keep in mind that hypothetical scenarios can vary from being completely ridiculous to being quite plausible and reasonable. If I asked you “whether a Jehovah’s Witness would plant the US flag on the moon if he was a member of NASA,” that question is just totally silly (because JWs don’t join military organizations). On the other hand, I might ask you whether the Watchtower Society has any formal system in place in cases where special pioneers have fallen on tough economic times. That scenario is reasonable (meaning it sounds like a possibility).
Now that I have cleared up the difference between a lie and a scenario-based question, can all Jehovah’s Witness agree to stop calling me a “liar?” I’m asking because your behavior is becoming annoying (i.e., sending me private messages and posting comments about me being a “liar”).
@Smiling JW: Groan! You are totally misunderstanding my point. I am not accusing your religion of having priests. The information about priests was illustrative only. I was just trying to explain something – I was not trying to make up lies about Jehovah’s Witnesses having a clergy-class. Anyway, your response is a great example of the problems I’m having with you guys.
This is so sad. I now have three JWs accusing me of lying and saying their priests are molesting kids. I already said that JWs do not have priests. Tara, I am not lying with anything in the question.
@Yahoo Questions: The reason why I used the example of Catholic Priests is because I felt you guys could understand my point better if I avoided using an illustration that applied to your religion. Once again, I want to clarify that I am NOT claiming you guys have priests or that your religion is full of pedophiles. It seems like everything I even write one or two words, you guys are accusing me of lying. It’s just so weird.
Very good point Pedro. I see what you’re saying. My question assumes that “all” JWs are accusing me of lying and “all” JWs are sending me such emails – when in fact, it is only five of them (at this time). Although I wasn’t intentionally trying to say that, it sure looks that way (upon rereading my question). And to clarify, there are probably hundreds of JWs are Y/A and only a handful are acting this way.
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Roseann | 7 days ago
We don't have local priests or parishes and for someone as you who has spent a lot of and your own long personal time on Yahoo Answers unpleasantly writing up against Jehovah's Witnesses you would already know that so why do you insist on loading your question with things about Witnesses that you know just don't exist with them in the first place.
Edit: Don't put on the innocent you have heckled Jehovah's Witnesses for a long time and you knew we don't have priests. Your illustration was to plug misinformation in the guise of a question (molestation of course) then throw in we have parishes, and priests. Why not move on with your life if you just don't like us that is the normal thing to do.
Now he is denying the lies he has already stated.
I have no basis to believe you receive any emails from Witnesses. Your word is hardly trustworthy when you deliberately type untrue stuff to, or about, Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Talk about a loaded up statement just to associate your own words to Jehovah's Witnesses.
Start with people you hate, the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Add some shock word, "molested".
Now stir in their organization with those of other religious clergies who in the media can be associated with the word "molested" and religion.
Voila, "Jehovah's Witnesses priests in their parishes are child molesters".
Joseph Goebbels called this propaganda.
Rustic you really are a naughty... umm..... 'christian'.
Strange you know they don't have priests as you admit but regardless to that fact you use the words explicitly with the word 'parish' to load up your hate 'question'.
"If your local priest was accused of molesting an alter boy, how would the elders respond?"
So do JW congregations that have priests also have elders too or do JW congregations have elders but no priests? What congregation of priests and elders with altars are you implying and what has priests, parishes and altars got to do with Jehovah's Witnesses that have no association with any of those things.
You need to smell what you shovel.
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You say that "all Jehovah's Witnesses" are forbidden to have a beard. Actually that isn't true at all. It is a cultural thing. In the West where we live, our elders do not wear beards. This isn't always true in other countries. In countries where it is common for men to wear beards and it has always been common, our men there wear beards. The reason they don't in this country is to avoid having any reason for our ministry to be found fault with. We don't want ANYONE to turn away from the message because our appearance isn't clean, professional and neat. Most professional people in the west do not wear beards. This may not be true in other countries, but it is true here. You are right that "times change". As far as birthdays? I personally don't care one way or another about them, but I follow the guidance of the faithful and discreet slave class. While it is true that in the Bible they are portrayed in a negative light, there are other principles involved too. One of which is that "let no one thing more of himself than it is necessary to think". Romans 12:3 I've never celebrated birthdays or spent much time around people who do, but I've heard of people getting all offended and causing big rifts in relationships because someone else hasn't honored his or her birthday. Don't you think that is a little excessive? Don't you agree that when someone views themselves as THAT important that they are giving honor to the wrong person rather than to God? Beyond that whatever people do "today" or whatever reason they may have for doing it or not doing it, don't you agree that God has been around a LONG LONG time and that HE has seen the origins and all the reasons why people started all the various pagan customs. Don't you think HE knows where they came from? If it weren't a big deal, if it didn't involve false worship, if "times have changed" then wouldn't this be true of ALL pagan customs? Couldn't you make the same argument for Christmas or Easter or Halloween? If you DID make that argument would you be fooling God? After all he was around when people worshipped the Sun God (Saturnalia) or Ashtoreth, Baal and Molech (Easter) and certainly he knows how much honor you give to the wicked ones when you celebrate halloween... The "Day of the Dead" (some have said) goes all the way back to honoring the Nephilim, the sons of the wicked Demons which sons were executed by Jehovah at the flood. When you think of what a LONG history ancient pagan customs have, and what a dishonorable beginning they had, how they started as a way to honor false gods, and how Satanism itself teaches that "everyone" can be a "god", and how most of theser practices honor Jehovah's ENEMY rather than Jehovah, Does it seem reasonable that WE who call ourselves HIS people would participate in such God dishonoring things?
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To be honest, I think most witnesses get aggravated because people could ask hypothetical questions all day long. It's really not going to accomplish anything. Some witnesses may see your question as more trying to "bait" witnesses into making a mistake in their answer, thus, making them out to be a liar. They would never do that to you. The bible is serious to us. It's not trying to catch people in a word game. It's pointing out basic facts that anyone can understand. What did Jesus say to the religious leaders when they tried to catch him in a lie or breaking the law. Read Matt 23:. I'm sure you know. If you believe you have the truth, then you are welcome to knock on my door and I would gladly invite you in. As any witness would. If your going to ask a question, make it honest-hearted. Not trying to look for a snake in a field. That gets wearing after a while. Very simple. Like your question on halloween. Is it Christian or not. Where's your evidence? When Jesus was picking grain on the sabbath was it in a Pagan field or was it a Jewish field? was it a Jew obeying the law? Hypothetical questions make no point. Would you ask those questions I just did to Jesus? Just something to think about. No hard feelings on my side.....Mark
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Asker, honestly what does all this have to do with Jehovah's Witnesses in particular?
How do you expect Jehovah's Witnesses with the words you used in your example of priests, parishes would they associate these with elders where elder is a reference to their religion but priests, parish or altars are not.
Are you referring to Catholics in this question since a minority of their priests have been infamously in the media spotlight with the molestation controversy?
Or that you were guiding an implication against Jehovah's Witnesses in the form of a question statement without saying it directly with hot buzz words as "priest", "altar", "molested" as already perceived.
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I agree Smiling JW. I think Rustic is telling more lies about us. He knows we don’t have priests, but he says we do. That is a LIE. It’s proved!
Edit: I see you tried to cover up your first lie (+ you covered up the second lie). But we can see that sneakiness. You want people to believe the (1) lie that we are run by priests and (2) that we have child abusers in our faith.
But you will not deceive us with that talk!
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Originally Answered: Jehovah's Witnesses is Revelation for us Witnesses to understand and observe as a congregation & individually?
Not a witness (Jehovah's witness anyway) It just seems to me you are concerning yourself with things that are I don't know kind of deep not that a christian should be superficial. but maybe those that trust in the Lord should concentrate on just preaching the Gospel. and the Holy Spirit will bring all the knowledge you need to your mind.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Get the picture He (Jehovah God) will reveal all you need to know about Him.
1 Corinthians 2:13
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
And you made another comment about Jehovah being fooled.. Are you kidding?? How can He be God and not know ALL.
1 John 3:19-21 (New King James Version)
19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
And there is no more individuality we are one with Christ and the body of Christ. We are individuals but we all share the same goal to imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
Romans 15:5-7 (New King James Version)
5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.