Origins matter...

by MrFreeze 5 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • MrFreeze

    Funny how the reason that JW's say no to a lot of stuff such as doing toasts or politely saying God bless you when someone sneezes, is that their origins were pagan. As a JW, I never really agreed with this. What does it matter what it meant in the past? It doesn't mean the same thing anymore. Then they give you some stupid illustration about candy in a gutter or some crap. Never really flew well with me.

    So here's my question. Why then, when you bring up the origin of the Watchtower, all of the sudden origins don't mean anything? "It doesn't matter what they did or taught then. What matters is what we are doing now." Another hypocritical JW viewpoint.

  • paulnotsaul

    One day this simple kinda fella came into my shop. We got to talkin about something of a serious nature and he says: "Don't know sh!t. Don't wanna know sh!t! Maybe he was a JW? I doubt it. But some mentality.

  • jaguarbass

    When I was growing up as a JW in the 60's I thought I was crazy because nothing made

    sense, within the watchtower and out of the watchtower.

    Now that I am almost 60, I can look back and see nothing made sense in the watchtower

    and out of the watchtower.

    When people try to control you,

    And someone is always trying to control you.

    They dont make sense.

  • ProdigalSon

    "Pagan" means anything not Judeo-Christian. It is a really stooooopid way to condemn two-thirds of the world. Problem is though, that Judeo-Christianity is also entirely pagan in its origin.

    Ironically, the "pagans" had it basically right, while Judeo-Christians, with their dumbed-down version, might as well worship Spongebob Squarepants.

  • blondie

    Origins matter unless you are talking about pinatas or luaus:

    *** g039/22pp.22-24ThePiñata—AnAncientTradition***When considering whether to include a piñata at a social gathering, Christians should be sensitive to the consciences of others. (1 Corinthians 10:31-33) A main concern is, not what the practice meant hundreds of years ago, but how it is viewed today in your area. Understandably, opinions may vary from one place to another. Hence, it is wise to avoid turning such matters into big issues. The Bible says: "Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person."—1 Corinthians 10:24.

    *** g02 6/8 p. 24 Let’s Have a Hawaiian Luau ***Although the luau may originally have had some connection with false religious practices, the word has simply come to refer to a Hawaiian banquet. Many Christians may therefore conscientiously feel that they can participate.

  • MrFreeze

    It would be impossible to avoid everything that had pagan uses. Everything I can think of that we use on a day-to-day basis has been put to use in so-called "pagan" practices. Everything is tainted... according to WT thinking.

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