Jehovah`s Witness/Happy Thanksgiving

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I just wanted to take a minute to offer you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Contrary to belief by some on this forum, the origin of this holiday began with people giving thanks to God for their provisions.  So, let us all (JW and non-JW alike) give thanks to God each and every day for what He has provided.  May you and your family be blessed.

Sincerely,
Adam

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Hello Adam, and thank you so much for your writing.  You are absolutely correct about the origin of Thanksgiving, and I for one, use it as a day set aside to remember how good God has been to me and my family.  Yes, every day should be a day of Thanksgiving and rememberance, but that fact in no way means that we should not set aside a particular day for just that purpose.  To be off from work, and gather with family and friends, and count our blessings.  

I know that this past Sunday morning, I woke up and just laid there thinking about my Sunday School message for that morning on a nation being unthankful, and how thankful I was for the blessings I have been given.  I was thinking about how my oldest son was literally less than a minute away from death just after being born, but God intervened.  I was thinking about my battle with stage 4 cancer, almost 15 years ago.  And you have had a miracle in your family, as well, to be so thankful for.  No way to number all the times God has blessed us, is there?  

Thank you so much for writing, and may you and yours also have a very happy, and blessed, Thanksgiving.  God bless!


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I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.

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29 years of Biblical research into the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, and how they differ from the teachings of the Watchtower.

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I would advise each questioner to this forum, to carefully READ the profiles of the various volunteers. There are several such as myself, who are not practicing JWs, but will provide you with an accurate and honest answer, regarding JW teaching. If we don't know the answer, we will try to research and get it for you. There are also some excellent practicing JWs here, who also endeavor to give you a factual and honest answer, based on their point of view. I believe by getting both points of view, the questioner can weigh the evidence for themselves, and make an informed decision. Unfortunately, there are also 3 here who claim to be JWs, but do NOT give honest, or well-researched answers. They will tell you only what they want you to believe, and they often hide facts about the history of their religion, as well as print untruths about other people's beliefs. This is done in an attempt to deceive the unsuspecting reader. It can be easily seen who these 3 are, simply by reading the public posts and "answers" which they write. Their posts will normally be filled with personal attacks, and if you question them about some teaching or aspect of the Watchtower that makes them uncomfortable, they will often reject your question, question your motives for asking it, tell you that you have been reading "apostate" sites, or turn the conversation into an attack on another expert. These ones are better avoided, as there is nothing to be gained by way of positive discussion, as they are not interested in intelligent conversation, or honest dialogue. If after reading the forum, you still have any questions as to who they are, just ask me, and I will be happy to tell you. And I can also provide documentation of their willful dishonesty. One thing is for certain...in a forum where people from both sides claim to be "Christians", there should never be any willful lying. Such ones only create a distraction in the forum, and provide nothing of any real value.

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High School, some college. Studies of God's Word, the Bible, and how it compares to JW theology. I have found my own personal study and experiences to be far more valuable than any formal education or training. The Bible message is clear...Salvation is ONLY through and by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and no religious organization has a thing to do with it. While attendance at a Bible-preaching, Bible-believing church is a must for spiritual growth and fellowship, no church can grant salvation to its members. Nor is joining a particular group a prerequisite for being saved.

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