Let your heart be at peace. Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings. Things flourish, each by each, only to return to the source… To what is and what is to be. To return to the root is to find peace. To know the constant is called insight. Not knowing this cycle Knowing the constant gives perspective. This perspective is impartial.
Discrimination against atheists
Links Member Beliefs A testimony is a reliable method to learn the truth. Men can deceive, science can be wrong but a true testimony is an undeniable way to establish the truth of the gospel. A testimony of the Book of Mormon can be gained by reading the Book of Mormon and putting the book to the test by praying about whether or not it is true: A true testimony comes from the Holy Ghost and cannot be denied. Although the Book of Mormon does not say how exactly the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth to people, many LDS believe it is either a physical sensation such as the burning in the bosom or just an intense feeling that it is true.
Index of Cults and Religions. By the Staff of Watchman Fellowship, Inc. Introduction. This Index contains brief definitions, descriptions or cross references on over 1, religious organizations and beliefs, as well as world religions (including Christianity) and related doctrines.
History of human rights Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is designed to protect the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. In , the UN’s human rights committee declared that article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief”. Signatories to the convention are barred from “the use of threat of physical force or penal sanctions to compel believers or non-believers” to recant their beliefs or convert.
Despite this, atheists still are persecuted in some parts of the world. The constitutions, human rights conventions and the religious liberty jurisprudence of most constitutional democracies provide legal protection of atheists and agnostics. In addition, freedom of expression provisions and legislation separating church from state also serve to protect the rights of atheists.
As a result, open legal discrimination against atheists is not common in most Western countries. A University of British Columbia study conducted in the United States found that believers distrusted atheists as much they did rapists.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ new tactic
The numbers of professional scholars, out of the many thousands in this and related fields, who don’t accept this consensus, can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Many may be more cautious about using the term “historical fact” about this idea, since as with many things in ancient history it is not quite as certain as that. But it is generally regarded as the best and most parsimonious explanation of the evidence and therefore the most likely conclusion that can be drawn.
Secular humanism; Freethought; Post-theism; Nontheism; Anti-clericalism; Antireligion; Criticism of religion; Parody religion.
The Baptist Church the next street over shut down about a year ago, and was left vacant for awhile. But a few months ago it was bought and rebranded as a J-Dub church-uary. No skin off my back right? I’m not exaggerating, I mean literally every day. But I’m losing my patience. Four days ago I told them I was an atheist, which is very much true, but the message didn’t get out apparently.
A friend of mine recently wrote this thoughtful update on his life 1 and where he is at now that ten years has passed since he moved away and faded from the Witnesses. His mentally unstable JW ex-wife tried to get him DFed and sent out the elders to pursue him but they were unsuccessful. I know this man personally and can say he is a friendly, caring, generous person.
Let’s Begin Our Journey Of Discovery On This Topic All Scriptures are taken from the Authorized King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.
Ananda Marga, Denver, CO: Philosophy and deities of Hinduism , teaches meditation and yoga. Publishes the Anchor of Golden Light newsletter. A UFO group whose leader, a. Dwight York claims to be form the 19th galaxy, called Illyuwn. A FBI report calls the group a “front for a wide range of criminal activity, including arson, welfare fraud and extortion. Ancient Wisdom Connection, N. New Age channeling , numerology and belief in “Lord Sananda,” who is an incarnation of Jesus.
Reasons Christianity is False
Sitting in the Kingdom Hall as a young child, I would hear talks about sex, but they were, for the most part, warnings about what not to do—what was moral and what was not— but mostly not. Masturbation was wrong, mutual masturbation was wrong, and both oral and anal sex were wrong. So I promised myself that as soon I found out what the heck they were, I would never do them. As I grew up, I came to understand what sex is really all about, according to Watchtower teachings. I also heard from the platform and from people at the Hall how it was not good for a man to be alone; that he needed a wife to satisfy his sexual needs.
Updated 02May St. George. As the world was singing “Purple Reign” (no typo), US Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley said “ was complex, was complex, is intensely complex; you will be dealing with Hybrid Armies, Terrorists and Little Green Men” St. George is the Arab “al-Khidr” aka “Green Man” aka Antichrist.
Rates of Divorce for Adultery and Infidelity Catholic According to research by the Pew Research Center , Catholics had one of the lowest incidences of divorce, with 19 percent having been divorced out of 4, interviewed. The Gospel Coalition noted there is a somewhat significant difference between those who are actively practicing Catholics and those who consider themselves nominally Catholic. The coalition found nominal Catholics are 5 percent less likely to divorce than non-religious persons, while Catholics who are actively practicing in their parishes are 31 percent less likely to get divorced than non-religious persons.
Protestant The Pew Research Center found Protestant individuals anyone who identified themselves as non-Catholic, but Christian had a divorce rate of approximately 51 percent out of a sampling of 4, individuals. The highest number of divorces among this group were the Evangelical Protestants at 28 percent. The Historically Black Protestants had a divorce rate of only 9 percent according to the study.
Mormon Mormons had a divorce rate of about 1 percent. Many studies attribute the low divorce rate among this group to the strong emphasis on families and a powerful religious affiliation. However, this number was slightly smaller among this study showing 6 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses as being divorced.
Jehovah’s Witness Convert: Lou Everett
Boyd is in quite a hurry to sweep church history under the rug in order to get on with his multi-explanations of what “in the Name of” could mean. He unilaterally declares that there is not “one shred of evidence” over the introduction of a new baptismal formula in church history. He remarks that the early church “quibbled” about a good many issues, but the use of the Trinitarian formula was not one of them.
Amazing how all these raging Godhead debates and Councils have now been reduced to a “quibble.
Jun 29, · I want to get baptized and leave him I love him with all my heart but I love Jehovah more and I don’t know how to break up with him or how to deal with the pain what should I do.
Family and community origins[ edit ] His statue in Amsterdam Spinoza’s ancestors were of Sephardic Jewish descent and were a part of the community of Portuguese Jews that had settled in the city of Amsterdam in the wake of the Portuguese Inquisition , which had resulted in forced conversions and expulsions from the Iberian Peninsula. They were expelled in and moved to Rotterdam , where Isaac died in Spinoza’s father and his uncle Manuel then moved to Amsterdam where they resumed the practice of Judaism.
Miguel was a successful merchant and became a warden of the synagogue and of the Amsterdam Jewish school. This flourishing commercial activity encouraged a culture relatively tolerant of the play of new ideas, to a considerable degree sheltered from the censorious hand of ecclesiastical authority though those considered to have gone “too far” might have gotten persecuted even in the Netherlands.
Not by chance were the philosophical works of both Descartes and Spinoza developed in the cultural and intellectual background of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century. He was the second son of Miguel de Espinoza, a successful, although not wealthy, Portuguese Sephardic Jewish merchant in Amsterdam. Spinoza had a traditional Jewish upbringing, attending the Keter Torah yeshiva of the Amsterdam Talmud Torah congregation headed by the learned and traditional senior Rabbi Saul Levi Morteira.
His teachers also included the less traditional Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel , “a man of wide learning and secular interests, a friend of Vossius , Grotius , and Rembrandt “. Some state it began as early as , when Spinoza was 20; others note that the documentary record only attests to his presence in van den Enden’s circle around — Van den Enden was a notorious free thinker, former Jesuit , and radical democrat who likely introduced Spinoza to scholastic and modern philosophy , including that of Descartes.
Spinoza’s father, Miguel, died in when Spinoza was He duly recited Kaddish , the Jewish prayer of mourning, for eleven months as required by Jewish law.
Shameful Shunning in a Thousand Words
Few bother to read and understand what is written in the Bible or think critically about what Christian doctrine implies. Each point listed below presents a claim for questioning the authenticity of Christianity. In total, they lay out a convincing case that Christianity is untrue. In Christianity, we see none of these elements. This strongly implies that Christianity is a myth and possesses no intrinsic truth.
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My own opinion is that the contemporary Hellenistic understanding of logos in theological contexts esp. The contrasts between Philo and John, which the scholars here want to emphasize, should not obscure the fact that John is using a word which was already full of meaning for Jewish readers in his day. Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. Scribners, , pp. This expression is the keynote and theme of the entire gospel. It therefore signifies both the outward form by which the inward thought is expressed, and the inward thought itself, the Latin oratio and ratio: See, for instance, Matthew Hence it signifies a saying, of God, or of man Matthew It is further used of discourse: Also of doctrine Acts As signifying the inward thought, it denotes the faculty of thinking and reasoning Hebrews 4: John uses the word in a peculiar sense, here, and in ver.
The nearest approach to it is in Revelation It was a familiar and current theological term when John wrote, and therefore he uses it without explanation.
Is the original wording of Matthew the same: What is the original wording of Matthew
Lou Everett was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 14 years. During that time, he served as a full-time minister as well as other major roles within the congregation. Lou’s journey to the Catholic Church was truly a rough road traveled.
I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I strongly oppose the practice of shunning. I think it is barbaric, medieval, and un-christian. I strongly support your efforts to alert the public of this harmful practice.
We have a pretty great relationship right now, we both care about each other and there are no major issues since it hasn’t been that long. I just want to mention that while she is a Jehovah’s witness, she is a pretty liberal one at that. She drinks, she will pretty much watch or read or play whatever, since she’s not uptight about that kind of stuff.
She is really an all around awesome girl, and her religion is not really discussed at all unless i bring it up. There are things that I think may be an issue down the road however. Of course, the belief of no sex before marriage is pretty strong. This includes any kind of sexual activity, although I think it might happen, but I’m not counting on it. There is the whole not celebrating Christmas or anything like that, which kind of sucks for family gatherings and things like that.