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18-12-2012, 07:09 PM
Ex-Jehovah's Witness turned non-believer
Hi everyone! My name is Eric and I left the JW's around five years ago. I wrote an article on becoming a non-believer if anyone's interested.

http://www.americanhumanist.org/HNN/deta...ovahs-witn

Like any self-respecting 30-something I also just started a blog:

http://ericmcmullan.wordpress.com/2012/1...-to-blame/

Anyway, I look forward to hanging out in this little corner of the web. Smile
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18-12-2012, 07:13 PM
RE: Ex-Jehovah's Witness turned non-believer
Welcome Eric Smile

" Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous."
David Hume
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18-12-2012, 10:39 PM
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Welcome, Eric!

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18-12-2012, 11:59 PM
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Welcome Eric!

Holy shit, the board is flooding with these guys...

Fellow X-Members of the witnesses, unite!








...yeah, I'm one, too.

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07-05-2013, 06:25 PM
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Me too!

. . . all the gods were stories we told the children to make them behave. ~ Thoros of Myr (Game of Thrones, Episode 3:06)
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07-05-2013, 06:40 PM
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I mentioned on Scully's thread I didn't know anything about the Witnesses. Now I know a little bit. Ya learn something everyday Smile Thanks val.

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07-05-2013, 07:54 PM
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How does one unwitness something?

I don't talk gay, I don't walk gay, it's like people don't even know I'm gay unless I'm blowing them.
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07-05-2013, 08:02 PM
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(07-05-2013 07:54 PM)earmuffs Wrote:  How does one unwitness something?

Shocking Sadcryface Huh Smokin

Throughout history conversions happen at the point of a sword, deconversions at the point of a pen - FC

I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain in Eruption
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11-05-2013, 07:14 PM
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(07-05-2013 07:54 PM)earmuffs Wrote:  How does one unwitness something?

It's like un-ringing a bell. We can't. But we can realize that what we thought we "witnessed" was a hallucination.

A bit of background, if I may; the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" was coined in 1931 by "Judge" Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who was the third President of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (WTB&TS for short). Rutherford based the name of his sect on the old testament book of Isaiah chapter 43 verses 10 thru 12:

"10 Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.

12 I have declared, and I have saved, and I have showed; and there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and I am God."
-- American Standard Version (ASV)

So that's where the unusual name comes from. Before 1931 the group called themselves "The International Bible Students Association." Today the name "Bible Students" is used by people who follow, more or less, the teachings of "Pastor" Charles Taze Russell, who was one of the founders of the WTB&TS. The Bible Students did not and do not accept Rutherford as a legitimate successor to Russell and also reject a lot of new dogma that Rutherford revealed to Jehovah's Witnesses.
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11-05-2013, 08:46 PM
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Here's a couple of interesting (boring!) comments about Rutherford's selection of the name of his religious organization. For the sake of argument, notice that Isaiah 43 does not say "THIS is what you will be CALLED." It tells them what their FUNCTION will be.

Later on, in Isaiah chapter 62, it says, "For Zion's [Israel's] sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name."

SO god himself will give them their name. What is that name? Are we told?

YES! Verse 4 tells us! "...thou shalt be called Hephzibah"

I wonder why "Judge" Rutherford didn't use the name God wanted...
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