Jehovah`s Witness/Agape

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Why do JW's say "Agape" to each other all the time?  I thought "agape" was an unconditional kind of love.  It seems to me that you will receive "agape" from a JW on the condition that 1) you become a JW; and 2) that you remain a JW.

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Hello, Jim.  I hope you are doing well.  

Well, I have to say, I have never been asked this question before.  So I guess the best thing, is for me to try and answer it in the way that I believe a JW would, since you are wanting to know why they do this.

First, we need to understand that "agape" is used in a couple of different ways in the New Testament.  Much is made of the so-called difference between "agape" and "phileo", most of which is not really a difference at all.

But I believe the average JW would answer this question, by saying that "agape" is a deep and selfless love, as shared between close friends or brethren, which they would say is why they refer to one another in this manner.  I do agree with your point, that the "unconditional" aspect of "agape" is, in fact, based on the condition of a person remaining faithful to the Watchtower Organization.  I do not doubt that many JWs do love each other, but as you said, this love is conditional.....on you becoming a JW, and on you REMAINING a JW.  

But I suspect that JWs would say that "agape" is merely their way of expressing love for their brethren.  I can't say too much against that, because Christians in my church express love towards each other, as well.  Although we normally speak English to do it, and simply say, "I love you, Brother/Sister".  And there is certainly nothing wrong with that.  

I guess the question would be....Would a JW ever say "Agape" to a non-JW, or to a former JW?  

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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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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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