Dialogue 7: Your decision to serve God- Loyalty to Jehovah or loyalty to an organization?

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(WDGR Lesson 16: “Your Decision to Serve God”)

What is involved in “making sure of all things”? Is “doubt” a ploy that Satan uses to break our loyalty to Jehovah God? Is the Watchtower organization the “ark” of safety? Where did you learn the truth? Didn’t Jesus say a disciple is not above his teacher? If the Watchtower organization isn’t the truth, where else can we go to find accurate knowledge of truth and eternal life?1.

 

KAREN: Cindy, I was reading in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? about what I must do in order to become a “friend of God,”2. and I have a question.

CINDY: Yes, Karen?

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Dialogue 6: Is the cross a pagan symbol?

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(WDGR Lesson 11: “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God”)

Was Jesus crucified on a cross or was He impaled on a torture stake? Why does the Greek word translated “cross” in many Bibles mean just one piece of timber? Were crosses used at the time of Christ?

 KAREN: Cindy, I noticed at 1 Corinthians 1:18, your Bible reads differently than mine. My Bible says “…the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness.…”1. , but your Bible, The New World Translation, says “…the speech about the torture stake is foolishness to those who are perishing.”

CINDY: That’s right, Karen. Just as we’ll be studying today in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, “Jesus did not die on a cross. He died on a pole, or a stake. The Greek word translated ‘cross’ in many Bibles meant just one piece of timber.”2. Continue reading “Dialogue 6: Is the cross a pagan symbol?”

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Dialogue 5b: Is Hell Real and the Human Soul Immortal?

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(WDGR Lesson 11: “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God”)

(CONTINUED FROM A PREVIOUS DIALOGUE)

KAREN:  Cindy, last week in our study of the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, we discussed “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God” and talked about the Jehovah’s Witness belief that God will annihilate the wicked instead of tormenting them in a fiery hell.  You asked how I could believe in a loving God who would torment people forever, and I explained that God would neither be loving or righteous to give a viciously wicked person like Hitler the exact same punishment of annihilation that He would give to someone who never murdered a single person but simply rejected Christ’s sacrifice for eternal life. Continue reading “Dialogue 5b: Is Hell Real and the Human Soul Immortal?”

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Dialogue 5a: Is Hell Real and the Human Soul Immortal?

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(WDGR Lesson 11: “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God”)

Are the dead unconscious in the grave or are wicked souls tormented in a fiery hell?  When the Bible uses the term “eternal destruction” to refer to the punishment of the wicked, does it mean annihilation? What about the human soul? Does it live on in eternity?

KAREN:  Cindy, we’ve been reading the section on “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God” in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, and it says: “The dead cannot do anything or feel anything. …The soul dies; it does not live on after death.”1.But I don’t understand how this can be the case.  Doesn’t the Bible say at Matthew 25:46: “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life”?2.  If the dead are completely unconscious and cannot feel anything, how can the righteous dead enjoy “eternal life” while the wicked endure “eternal punishment”? Continue reading “Dialogue 5a: Is Hell Real and the Human Soul Immortal?”

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Dialogue 4: Are holiday and birthday celebrations pagan?

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(WDGR Lesson 11: “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God”)

Why do many individuals in Christendom celebrate birthdays and holidays when these customs originated in paganism? Since Jesus never commanded Christians to celebrate His birth, are Christmas celebrations condemned by God? Continue reading “Dialogue 4: Are holiday and birthday celebrations pagan?”

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Dialogue 3b: Is political neutrality Christian? Part 2

 

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

(CONTINUED FROM A PREVIOUS DIALOGUE)

KAREN: Cindy, last week in our study of the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, we discussed the fact that the Bible says that Christians are to be “no part of the world.”1. Jehovah’s Witnesses interpret this to mean that Christians are not to “get involved in the world’s political affairs and social controversies.”2. Yet, the Bible says at Romans 13:1-2 that the governmental authorities are “the arrangement of God” and that they “stand placed in their…positions by God.”3. I had asked, if human governments are God’s “arrangement” as the Bible teaches, how can it be wrong for Christians to take part in God’s arrangement for maintaining law and order? Continue reading “Dialogue 3b: Is political neutrality Christian? Part 2”

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Dialogue 3a: Is political neutrality Christian? Part 1

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

What does the Bible mean when it calls Satan the “god of this system of things”? Are human governments under Satan’s control? Why did Jesus say that His Kingdom is no part of this world? In what way should Christians be separate from this world?

 KAREN: Cindy, I’m confused! Our lesson in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? says that Jehovah’s Witnesses “do not get involved in the world’s political affairs and social controversies.”1. But I was reading the “Questions from Readers” section in the November 1, 1999 Watchtower and it stated that “…during an election…some Witnesses of Jehovah go to the polling booth and others do not.”2. I’m confused! Has the Watchtower Society changed its position on voting and is now allowing Jehovah’s Witnesses to vote in political elections?

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Dialogue 2: Does Christian love for brother demand abstinence from war?

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

Does Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” require political neutrality during wartime? During World War II, were the Jehovah’s Witnesses as politically neutral in their dealing with Hitler as they claim?

CINDY: Karen, what do you think is the “most outstanding mark” that identifies true Christians and sets them apart from any of the other religions of the world?

KAREN: Well, Cindy, our study in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? notes that “the most outstanding mark of true Christians is that they have real love among themselves.”1. At John 13:35, Jesus told his disciples that “by this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”2.

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Dialogue 1b: Does God’s law on blood require no blood transfusions? Part 2

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(WDGR Lesson 12: “Showing Respect for Life and Blood”)

(CONTINUED FROM A PREVIOUS DIALOGUE)

CINDY: Karen, last week we talked about blood transfusions and how God’s law commands us to abstain from blood. We discussed the fact that while “Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept transfusions of whole blood or of its primary components (red cells, white cells, platelets, or plasma),” some “Jehovah’s Witnesses accept injections of a blood fraction, such as immune globulin or albumin” made from blood plasma.1.

KAREN: That’s right Cindy. Last week, I had asked if a fraction of blood is still a blood substance, why do Jehovah’s Witnesses accept these when the Bible says to abstain from blood? A person is not “abstaining…from blood” if he is taking in fractions of the blood, is he?

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Dialogue 1a: Does God’s law on blood require no blood transfusions? Part 1

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(WDGR Lesson 12: “Showing Respect for Life and Blood”)

Does God’s law to “abstain from…blood” apply to Blood Transfusions? Is a Blood Transfusion the same as “eating blood”? Does God’s Law condemn the use of stored blood?

KAREN: Cindy, did you see that article in Friday’s paper about the Jehovah’s Witness who died after refusing a blood transfusion? According to the article: “…the unborn son of Anthony and Minnie Peoples had a fatal birth defect. And when she delivered Anthony Jr. at a Rock Hill hospital Tuesday night, he was stillborn. But there were complications, and Minnie…needed a blood transfusion.…‘The doctors really tried to plead with me that without blood, she wasn’t going to make it,’ said her husband, Anthony Peoples.…York County coroner Doug McKnown said.… ‘She made a decision to die, basically.…I don’t fully understand why their God would expect them to die, but I can’t question that.’”1. Cindy, just as McKnown commented, I’m afraid I don’t understand either. I thought God’s laws were to protect life—not destroy it.

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