Jehovah`s Witness/I'm sorry
I wanted to write you in behalf of the Baptist Religion to say I am sorry. Derrick Holland doesn't represent our Christian attitude in attacking Jehovah's Witnesses. I think Mr Holland is mentally challenged and seeks vengeance against those who he harasses. After reading some of your answers, your zeal shows a zealous attitude toward of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am asking Allexperts to remove Derrick Holland from the JW Site for all he does is totally unchristian. Thanks and God Bless you my christian brother.
Thanks for writing.
No worries, because I have friends in your religion and they are not like Mr. Holland at all.
As for Mr. Holland, I'm kinda used to him now. So his tactics and methods of communication doesn't bother me that much. What bothers me though are the lies heaped on God's name. And as you can see I'm really passionate about defending the truth. Hence, the Hellfire doctrine is very repulsive to me. I hate it. I grew up in the Catholic religion so I'm quite aware of what this doctrine do to people and how a loving and merciful God is portrayed by it. Growing up with the idea that God is always watching you and taking notes of what you do or didn't do was very stressful, especially for a young person. I never really understood why God would burn me in Hell for ever. That thought made me stay away from Him and viewed him as unreal. Rather than be close to him I grew distant from him in my growing years. So whatever the justification men come up to make it seem right is not right because it instill the wrong motive for people to serve God. It instill an almost demonic fear and not the love that God and Jesus truly wanted us to experience and see.
Only by learning the truth about God will one can break free from such frightening doctrine. Hence, you can understand my passion for putting out the fire of hellfire.
Thank you for the kind words Linda.
May you have peace.
Something to think about:
How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You?
THOSE who teach that hell is a place of torment promote a gross misrepresentation of Jehovah God and his qualities. Granted, the Bible does say that God will destroy the wicked. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9) But righteous anger is not God’s dominant quality.
God is not malicious or vindictive. He even asks: “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” (Ezekiel 18:23, King James Version) If God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, how could he for all eternity delight in watching these ones being tormented?
God’s preeminent quality is love. (1 John 4:8) Indeed, “the LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” (Psalm 145:9, The Holy Bible—New International Version) In return, God wants us to develop heartfelt love for him.—Matthew 22:35-38.
Fear of Hell or Love of God—Which Motivates You?
The teaching that souls suffer in hell promotes a morbid fear of God. By contrast, a person who learns the truth about God and comes to love him will develop a healthy fear of him. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it,” explains Psalm 111:10. (The New American Bible) This fear of God is, not abject terror, but awe of and profound reverence for the Creator. It engenders in us a healthy fear of displeasing him.
Consider how learning the truth about hell affected Kathleen, a 32-year-old former drug user. Her life had been filled with parties, violence, self-hate, and immorality. She admitted: “I would look at my one-year-old daughter and think, ‘Look at what I’m doing to her. I will burn in hell for this.’” Kathleen tried to stop using drugs, but nothing worked. “I wanted to be good,” she said, “but everything in my life and in the world was so pathetic. There seemed no reason to be good.”
Kathleen then met Jehovah’s Witnesses. “I learned that there is no burning hell. The Scriptural evidence made perfect sense,” said Kathleen. “Knowing that I would not have to burn in hell was a tremendous relief.” But she also learned of God’s promise that humans could live forever on an earth cleansed of wickedness. (Psalm 37:10, 11, 29; Luke 23:43) “I now had a real hope—to live forever in Paradise!” she exclaimed.
Would Kathleen be able to stop abusing drugs without the threat of a fiery hell hanging over her? She related: “When I had a strong craving for drugs, I would pray, begging Jehovah God for help. I thought of his view of such defiling habits, and I did not want to disappoint him. He answered my prayers.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) This fear of displeasing God enabled Kathleen to break free from her addictions.
Yes, cultivating love for God and a healthy fear of him—not fear of torment in hell—can motivate us to do God’s will in order to enjoy lasting happiness. The psalmist wrote: “Blessed is every one that feareth Jehovah, that walketh in his ways.”—Psalm 128:1, American Standard Version.