Friday, March 17, 2017

Reasons


Here I will list reasons why I’m glad I was raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’m doing this because it’s vital to reflect on your background and appraise positive benefits. Jehovah’s Witnesses as a whole strive to have the best understanding of the Bible. To that end, we’ve updated our interpretations of parts of it. That means that some things I was taught from childhood have been discarded and updated to make better sense of the Bible and history. I hope this process continues. With that said, these are things I’m glad I was raised with:
  • Deep respect for the Bible, using interlinears and multiple translations.
  • Clear position on the Divine Name.
  • Jehovah’s Universal Sovereignty, the vindication of his sovereignty and the sanctification of his name.
  • Soteriology—Jesus is the “last Adam.”
  • Modern-language Bible translation with Jehovah’s name.
  • Theology
  • Christology
  • Daniel’s prophecies (our explanations are lucid and maintain the intent of the prophecies).
  • Theocratic Ministry School: everyone is trained in public speaking!
  • Jesus is the antitypical Avenger of Blood.
  • Gentile Times prophecy and God’s Kingdom.
  • Open Theism, that God didn’t know in advance that Adam and Eve would sin.
  • Rejection of young-earth creationism.
  • Not deceived about the existence of fictitious holiday characters (Santa Claus, Easter Bunny).
  • Not following the “founder” C. T. Russell. (By way of comparison, the Seventh-Day Adventists officially follow their founder Mrs. Ellen G. White as an inspired prophetess, which is eerily similar to how the Mormons officially follow their founder.)
  • Emphasis on personal study and thinking.

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