blondie’s first thoughts wt study 2-24-2019 (young ones happy) DECEMBER 2018, pages 19-23)
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OVERALL: YOUNG ONES, YOUR CREATOR WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY
Paragraph 1: I have always hated that term, young ones, even when I was one. At least it is an attempt to include male and female at the same time. Note that HIGHER education and a LUCRATIVE career are wrong; does that mean that education and a career is okay? Or only the education required by your country? Do young jws end up being able to support themselves or does daddy and mummy underwrite them?
Paragraph 2: Yes, “Jehovah sees the full picture” and “he knows us” but not the GB, CO, COBOE and other elders, other people at the KH. Many times they don’t even know the names of younger people in the congregation.
Paragraph 3: Does all bad advice come from outside the WT organization? Can you of some that does?
Paragraph 4: The WTS/GB says that “most people still choose not to submit to God” in their own opinion. 8 billion but only 8 million jws means that over 7 billion people are slated for everlasting death at Armageddon.
Only Jehovah’s Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd,” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil. (Revelation 7:9-17; 2 Corinthians 4:4) They will make up the “flesh” that Jesus Christ said would be saved through the worst tribulation of all human history.
Paragraph 5: Do younger jws find the very best kind of friends, worthwhile goals and true freedom in the WTS? What about you? I didn’t and was told when fellow jws were cruel and telling others that I was not good association, the elders said it was my fault, I wasn’t reaching out even when I gave them several specific times I had and what had resulted.
Paragraph 6: The WTS says that their members can only understand the bible with their publications, the bible is not enough; not much different with the Jews of Jesus’ time that had added more rules to the Torah and called it the Talmud and that their religious leaders were the only ones that could explain it. (Matthew 15:3-9)
Paragraph 7: The spiritual food from the scriptures or from WTS publications will give you wisdom and thinking abilities?
Paragraph 8: SOON Satan’s work will come crashing down. That has been heralded by the WTS/GB as 1914, 1925, 1975 and others. Trust in him or the WTS/GB?
Paragraph 9: If jws are really knows much about jws from other countries, backgrounds, tribes or culture, why has the WTS/GB had to have specific, detailed study articles in the WT to teach other jws how to act?
Paragraph 10: “pure language” the special WTS/GB vocabulary which allows to identify non-jws or ex-jws or inactive jws who have not kept up on the new words.
To meet that Christian standard you need a clear understanding of the truth. Certainly we do not want to be like the forty-two thousand Ephraimite fighters against Jephthah whose very speech betrayed that they were not on his side, although they firmly protested that they were not from the enemy camp. When asked to say the password “Shibboleth” the best they could do was say “Sibboleth.” It was similar, but not the same. They lost their lives (Judges 12:5,6)
Paragraph 11: How many jws did you know were the “very best kind of friends”? Judgmental, talebearers, defrauders, liars, pedophiles, etc.
Paragraph 12: Putting god’s will ahead of your own, or rather the WTS/GB explanation of what god’s will is.
Paragraph 13: Is standing by the carts and making eye contact with passersby or looking at your cellphone and playing games and sending/receiving messages a work that is truly satisfying because it is not in the least futile?
Paragraph 14: How many remember that Solomon died an apostate; should he be resurrected? If so, then it seems to conclude that apostates that die before Armageddon will be resurrected.
What happened to Solomon when he died? The Bible answers: “The days that Solomon had reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel were forty years. Then Solomon lay down with his forefathers, and was buried in the City of David his father.” (1 Kings 11:42, 43) Hence, it seems reasonable to conclude that Solomon is in Sheol, or Hades, from which he will be resurrected.
Paragraph 15: Does god spare jws from the pain of WT/GB lies and changing/adjusting doctrines?
Paragraph 16: Not absolute freedom; again mention of pornography, sexual immorality, drug and alcohol abuse and high-risk sports. Can you name the sports the WTS/GB consider high-risk?
What, though, if you are attracted to certain sports because of their aggressive competitiveness, excessive risk taking, high rates of injury, riotous celebrations, nationalistic fervor, or similar “ingredients”?
Whatever their appeal, thrill sports can be dangerous. ‘So can crossing the street,’ some argue. But someone crossing the street is not deliberately seeking danger or thrills. And while many sports, such as bungee jumping, have fairly good safety records, things can go wrong. Mark Bracker, M.D., put it this way: “With a lot of these high-risk sports, when something goes wrong it can be catastrophic. The higher the thrill, usually the higher the risk, whether it’s jumping out of airplanes or hang gliding or motorcycle riding.” One 20-year-old youth bungee jumped from a hot-air balloon hovering 190 feet [58 m] above the ground. The problem? His cord was 260 feet [79 m] long! He leapt to a terrible death.
Granted, some activities, such as motorcycling, may be enjoyed in a relatively safe and moderate manner. But one expert in sports medicine says of thrill seekers: “As their skills get better and better, they pick something harder and harder, and they end up with an injury.” One youth confessed: “I’m an addict. It’s harder now to get that fear level and the rush.”
It makes sense to think seriously about the possible consequences of leaping off a crane, of diving out of a plane, or of doing anything that might seem excessively risky.
Your parents may prefer that you pursue activities that seem to be less inherently life threatening, such as bicycling, skating, skiing, and snorkeling, to name a few. Of course, even relatively safe activities can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.
This happened to a small group of Christian youths who decided to go for a hike. They veered off the trail and began climbing a narrow edge on a steep cliff. Before long they found themselves virtually trapped, unable to go safely either forward or backward. The youth leading the group then heard a sudden noise. Two of his companions had fallen to their death. How tragic!
Paragraph 17: What then are the bounds of god’s perfect laws? Who defines them?
Paragraph 18: How many additional rules has the WTS/GB added to the bible? How many times does the WTS/GB answer a question with, the bible does not say, but then goes on to give their explanation with qualifying words like, it seems?
Where was Daniel when the three Hebrews were tested before the huge image that Nebuchadnezzar had erected on the plain of Dura?
The Bible does not say, so no man today can establish Daniel’s whereabouts during that test.
Some have suggested that Daniel’s official rank or his standing in Nebuchadnezzar’s favor was higher than that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and that Daniel therefore was not obliged to go to the plain of Dura. Daniel 2:49 does indicate that for a time he had a position higher than that of his three companions. But we cannot prove that this exempted him from assembling with the others before the image.
Attempting to explain Daniel’s absence, others have said that he might have been away on an official assignment or that he was sick and thus unable to attend. However, the Bible does not say that. In any case, Daniel’s course must not have been open to criticism, for if it had been, jealous Babylonian officials would undoubtedly have used it to bring accusations against him. (Daniel 3:8) Both before and after this episode, Daniel proved himself to be an integrity keeper, loyal to God no matter what challenge he faced. (Daniel 1:8; 5:17; 6:4, 10, 11) So even though the Bible does not say why Daniel was not present on the plain of Dura, we can be confident that he was uncompromisingly faithful to Jehovah God.—Ezekiel 14:14; Hebrews 11:33.
Paragraph 19: Will Christ continue to educate us in the ‘new world’ or will the WT representatives (non-anointed) left here on earth? How will these teachings be communicated to those on earth?
Paragraph 20: of course, freedom is not absolute; is god’s love the same as the GB’s teaching of it?
Paragraph 21: prospect of perfect freedom, not until after the Christ’s 1,000 year reign though. How is it that Satan still is alive at the end of that reign but millions of children including babies descended into eternal death because of their parents’ sins?
How did David feel toward Jehovah when he decided to take another man’s wife and make her pregnant and then conspired to have her husband put to death so that he and that woman would not be put to death for adultery under the law code?
Final comments: It has never been easy for young jws to know what they can do or not do? It seems if it makes you happy then someone will be stumbled by that so don’t do it. Can parents really make decisions for their minor children without elders or others in the congregation put their spin on it and make it a requirement?
If you still attending and have found this website or others that give support to ex-jws or those who still go and are struggling, don’t be afraid to visit them and share. I guarantee that at least one person knows where you are at.
Love (philia), Blondie