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Published on August 25, 2005 By joeKnowledge In Religion
I don't get it.

Anybody here do?

on Aug 25, 2005
Jehovah's Witnesses follow the teachings begun during the second presidency of the Watchtower, when Joseph F. Rutherford took over in a corporate flap and began changing doctrines quickly in the Watchtower belief system.

He claimed that angels directly conveyed "truth" to some of those in leadership. He coined the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" to make them stand out from being witnesses of Jesus, a typical evangelical expression (and a Biblical one).

Rutherford dumped holidays, birthdays and the 1874 date for the invisible return on Christ, and invented an "earthly class" of Witnesses, since only 144,000 can go to heaven according to their teaching.

The rest, meaning all 99.9% of Witnesses still alive, will live forever on a cleansed earth, under the rule of the Watchtower corporate headquarter leaders in heaven, who will keep them in line by local elders known as "princes.

True? Not true?
114,000 people out of all that are already in it now?
on Aug 25, 2005
When I was living in Japan, we used to have JWs come every Sunday.
I had nothing else to do so I invited them in for coffee and a chat.

They asked me my beliefs in things and what not, listened carefully
and never came back!

That scared me more than anything!
on Aug 26, 2005
I find Jehovah's Witnesses most endearing. Their message is like distorted truth. They talk about Paradise and the hereafter, and when they start talking about exclusivity I can’t help chuckling, and want to give them a big hug. God bless Jehovah's Witnesses.
on Aug 26, 2005
i'm already on the record--here and elsewhere--as a jehovah's agnostic. we go door-to-door at dawn on weekends hoping to share the good news that we saw something, but aren't sure what.
on Sep 01, 2005
I don't get the last post... more detail please.

I have friend in the church, but I never really asked them why they joined or what they believe.

I read all this stuff about them and I wonder what the truth is and how did all of this come about.
on Sep 02, 2005
I don't get the last post... more detail please

witnesses who aren't sure what they saw? its a joke, son. a joke
on Sep 02, 2005
witnesses who aren't sure what they saw? its a joke, son. a joke

on Sep 05, 2005
There was a Jehovah's Witness church across the street from my old school. One summer, they put up a fence and a locked gate. I wondered why they had to keep people out. Then it hit me. They didn't want people coming up and knocking on their doors.
on Sep 12, 2005

I don't think JW are any odder than 7th day Adventists, or really any other organized religion.  They are just different.  They have a different take on the bible, just like the Jewish do.  One book- different ways of interpreting it. 

The 144,000 number comes from the bible (third Testament, I believe).

They also believe that you pray straight to God, not through Jesus (which is where "Christians" start getting upset).

They go door to door because they truly believe that they are trying to save you.

I like to learn about all religions.  I don't really believe in any of them, but I like to learn, anyway.  The more you learn about them, the more you realize that they are all the same- they just have different interpretations.