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Greetings from Uraguay,
I am attending the meetings here in Uraguay and being a former Catholic Priest for over 30 years,(now retired) I find the meetings refreshing as well as giving those that will listen, hope. This is my 3rd month attending the meetings after receiving an invitation to the Memorial and attending. What a drastic change from the way we do things in the Church.
I have noticed at the meetings that the Witnesses put all the emphasies on spiritual things and not the material things of the world. I can understand the reasoning (I guess)but I wonder how Witnesses people can ever save for retirement as well as making enough money to send their children to College?
Thank you for your time.

Blessings,
Tom Land
Formely of Lansing, Michigan

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Hello bro

Thank's for writing.

As Jehovah's witnesses we don't really put much emphasis on further education.Although we recognize the value of supporting ourselves and what the Bible has to say on the subject.

2 Thess 3:

10 "If anyone does not want to work, neither let him eat"

However generally we are very good with money and saving money.

For me personally I was brought up as a witness and I paid for my own college with money I had saved. I went part time to college so I could get a trade and support myself and my future family.

I can't really speak for anyone else that's just my own personal experience.

To be perfectly honest it's striking a balance. We know the kingdom come's first that's an absolute given

Matt 6:

33  "Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these [other] things will be added to YOU"

On the other hand we are expected to provide for ourselves and our family

1 Tim 5:

8 "Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith"

Do we need to go to college to do that?? If we put Jehovah first he will make sure we'll be just fine.(matt 6:33)

Follow up if you need

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I have many years of experience serving Jehovah . I have known Jehovah a long time and I have known his organization . I have been privileged to see great progress not only in my own personal relationship with my God and Father but within his organization. I am an avid reader of the bible and have been gifted by my Father with the indescribable privilege of being allowed to understand his own word.

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The truth is all about scripture and logic. The two go hand in hand . There is not one bible verse that cannot be understood within the realms of human reasoning. Not one!! Why would it?? The bible is God's message to his creation . His creation who he made to understand things in a specific way. God is not stupid or unwise as to leave as a message then allow us to guess what it means or who he is. 1 Tim 2:3This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" Notice the expression "accurate knowledge".

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The bible leaves signs of true christianity there are many. Jehovah's witnesses meet every single sign. One sign is the removal of false teachings that permeated the world soon after the apostles died. Jesus foretold this and he also foretold of the restoration of pure worship in the period known as the last days. The days we are currently living in. Jesus was a master of using illustrations he used an illustration to highlight this point Matt 13: "The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. 26When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. 27So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29He said, ‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse" Why did he speak in illustrations? Matt 13:10So the disciples came and said to him: “Why do you speak to them by the use of illustrations?” 11In reply he said: “To you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted" The kingdom of the heavens is full of sacred secrets that Jesus reveals only to his followers. This privilege is open to all who are really willing to submit to God and his Christ in action not just in words. These are the ones God is looking for. Are you really one?? If so I encourage you to let Jehovah's witnesses show you what the Bible really teaches.

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False religion is disgusting to God and to his true worshippers it is likened in the Bible to a harlot Rev 17:"I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" Whereas the bride of Christ is likened to a virgin Rev 14: 4"These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins" These are both used as spiritual terms here and show the importance of pure and clean worship for God's people.

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