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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween - Links to Information

Click on any of the following to view:

(INDEX; Watchtower Online Library)


The Origins of Halloween—What Does the Bible Say About Them? (JW.ORG)

(g01 10/8 3-10; Watchtower Online Library)

(g 10/06 p. 27; Watchtower Online Library)

(lv chap. 13 pp. 144-159; Watchtower Online Library)

(Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

(Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

John 10:38 - Does This Scripture Really Prove That Jesus is God?

John 10:38 says, "...Then you will realize that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father." (NLT)

Some claim that this Scripture is proof that Jesus is God or of the Trinity.
But if someone is "in" someone else does this really mean that they ARE that person? If so, then does that mean that those who Jesus were talking to in John 14:20 who were "in" Jesus ARE also Jesus? Or in verse 17, that because the Holy Spirit was "in" them that they ARE the Holy Spirit?

And is this really supposed to imply that Jesus IS the Father here? Even Trinitarians don't believe that the Son IS the Father. They believe that the Son is a separate and distinct individual, the Father is a separate and distinct individual and that the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct individual who all three somehow make up the One True God.

We can understand what Jesus actually intended when he said "I am in the Father and the Father is in me" and "the Father is abiding in me." The relationship between "abiding in," "knowing," and "seeing" (horao in NT Greek) is commonly used FIGURATIVELY in the Bible. 1 John 2:3, 5, 6; 1 John 3:29 show the intended meaning for the figurative use of "abides." Horao ("see") can mean the same thing as "abiding in" or "knowing," and all three may have the figurative meaning of agreement in purpose and will with someone else.

There is no real reason to insist that this passage shows Jesus as being equally God with his Father. The probability is that, in harmony with the usage of the time, Jesus was merely saying that what he spoke came from God, and what he did is what God directed. He meant that understanding what he did and said was like knowing ("seeing") God (as, in a similar sense, those who literally saw angels sent by God and speaking God's words were said to have "seen God"). Jesus is totally in harmony with ("one" with) the Father in purpose so that we can "see" the Father's will in Jesus.
(Also see: In John 10:30, does Jesus say that he and his Father are one person?; Search For Bible Truths)

As in all other "Jesus is equally God" evidence, we find that the trinitarian "proof" is a Scripture that can honestly be translated or interpreted in at least one other way which would prove no such thing.

For more, see:

"Seen Me: Seen Father" - John 14:7-9 (Search For Bible Truths)
John 14:10 "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works." - ASV.

In What Way Are Jesus and His Father One? (w09 9/1 p. 28; Watchtower Online Library)


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The “Simple” Cell - A Product of Design or Extraordinary Coincidence?

Some respected scientists have said that even a “simple” cell is far too complex to have arisen by chance on earth.

A cell membrane is extremely complex, made up of sugar, protein, and fatty molecules. It is essential for a
living cell. But there is no plausible explanation how even the fats in the complex membrane could have originated by themselves (p.145, The Origin of Life, Bernal)!

To find the final overall odds for a chain of events leading up to a single result you must multiply the odds of each event. For instance, if a person reaches into a hat that has one white marble and two black ones, there is one chance in three that he will draw the white one. However, if he is presented with two hats each containing one white marble and two black ones the odds multiply not add. Even though there are only 6 marbles altogether, the two events total up to odds of 1 out of 9 (not 1 out of 6). 1/3 x 1/3 = 1/9.

If there had been 3 marbles (1 white and 2 black) in each of three hats the odds would be 1 out of 27 (1/27) that she would draw the three white marbles (1/3 x 1/3 x 1/3 = 1/27), and so on.

So by multiplying the odds of the different events (considering only the chances of getting the right number and order of left-handed amino acids together as would be found in the simplest theoretically possible self-reproducing organism) we find the odds to be one out of 10 to the 79,360th power (1 followed by 79,360 zeros).

Remember, these are only the odds for the somehow already-formed amino acids accidentally coming together in the right kinds and right order. It ignores the odds of the universe accidentally forming in the first place, a planet of just the right type with just the right composition being found in exactly the right position relative to the right type of star, and all the other myriad "accidents" leading up to this point and all the myriad "accidents" after it (such as the right mixture of elements actually coming to life and functioning and reproducing, etc.)

Yes, these are just the odds for the already-made ingredients getting together properly (like someone putting all the already man-made parts of his wrist watch into a sack and shaking them together into a whole watch). And there's only one chance out of a number so huge (1 followed by 79,360 zeros) that it would take 20 pages just to write its zeros!

Current observations put the universe's age at 13.7 billion years old and that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. The earliest evidence for life on earth is dated to 3.8 billion years ago. That leaves 700 million years - best case scenario - for life to appear on its own, not eternity. But even IF life had an eternity to appear on it's own the odds still are so great (see above) that the spontaneous production of life will never happen. Dr. Emil Borel, an authority on probabilities, says that if there is less chance for something to happen than 1 in 10 to the 50th power (1 followed by 50 zeros), then it will NEVER happen, no matter how much time is allowed.

Science, with even the best labs and equipment cannot replicate on purpose what they claim happened by shear accident. But even IF scientists were able to someday create life from inanimate matter, this still wouldn't prove that living organisms arose from inanimate matter on their own on our planet long ago. On the contrary, if they ever did accomplish this, 100% of their work would represent design - not extraordinary coincidence.

Recommended Related Articles: 

Is Any Form of Life Really Simple? (Watchtower Online Library)

Cells (Watchtower Online Library)

Your Body’s Microscopic “Trucks” (Watchtower Online Library)

Your Marvelous Red Blood Cells (Watchtower Online Library)

How Did the Universe and Life Originate? (g02 6/8 pp. 4-7; Watchtower Online Library)

Why Some Scientists Believe in God (g04 6/22 pp. 5-8; Watchtower Online Library)

How Likely is it For a Basic DNA Molecule to Form Spontaneously? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Earth's Perpetual 'Habitable Zone' - Accident or "Remarkable Fine-Tuning"? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

What Evidence is There That God Exists? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

The Universe — Did It Come About by Chance or by Design? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jehovah's Witnesses ARE Christians - Why Opposers Falsely Claim That They Aren't

Many dictionaries define "Christian" as someone who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or who follows the religion based on his life and teachings.

Jehovah's Witnesses do believe in Jesus and follow his teachings. They believe that Jesus is extremely fact, he is the second most important person in the universe next to God Himself. Jehovah's Witnesses teach that no salvation occurs without Christ, that accepting Christ's sacrifice is a requirement for true worship, that every prayer must acknowledge Christ, that Christ is the King of God's Kingdom, that Christ is the head of the Christian congregation, that Christ is immortal and above every creature, even that Christ was the 'master worker' in creating the universe.

So yes, by every genuine definition, Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians. Even disinterested theologians and secular dictionaries acknowledge that Jehovah's Witnesses are a Christian religion. In fact, Jehovah's Witnesses are a true restoration of first-century Christianity.

The reason that some falsely accuse Jehovah's Witnesses of not being Christians is because they use an artificial, trinity-specific definition of the term "Christian" which excludes anyone who does not believe that Jesus is God Himself, rather than the Son of God.

Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God Himself. Rather, they believe just as the Bible describes Jesus - as the "Son *OF* God".

Nowhere in the Bible is it mentioned that Jesus ever claimed to be God. Rather, he specifically called the "Father...the only true God." (John 17:1-3; Also see John 20:17; 2 Corinthians 1:3 and 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus is God. Instead, the Bible repeatedly refers to Jesus as the "son of God". Because the Bible says that Jesus' "origin is from of old, from ancient days" (Micah 5:2), the Bible shows Jesus was created by God. Jesus is:

the "only-begotten" Son of God. (John 1:14; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9)

"the first-born of all creation". (Colossians 1:15)

"the beginning of God's creation". (Revelation 3:14)

The Bible shows that Jesus is subordinate to God: "The head of the Christ is God." (1 Corinthians 11:3) Jesus himself said: "The Father is greater than I." (John 14:28)

For much more, see:

Are Jehovah's Witnesses Christians? (JW.ORG)

Must You Believe in the Trinity to Be a Christian? (JW.ORG)

Jehovah's Witnesses ARE Christians (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)


Defend Jehovah's Witnesses



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why Do Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Wedding Anniversaries But Not Birthday Anniversaries?

Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate wedding anniversaries because there are no pagan origins connected to marriage. Marriage was divinely instituted by the "one true God"... Jehovah. (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 17:3) (See MARRIAGE; Insight-2 pp. 340-344)

Unlike the mentioned examples of birthday celebrations, the Bible does not put marriage in a bad light. Jesus himself both attended a marriage celebration and contributed to the pleasure of the occasion.—John 2:1-11.

Notice what the 10/15/98 Watchtower says concerning this:

"It thus would not be strange that a couple might on their wedding anniversary take time to reflect on the joyfulness of that event and on their resolve to work for success as a couple. Whether they focus on this happy occasion in private, just as a couple, or they have a few relatives or close friends with them would be for them to decide. The occasion should not become a mere excuse for a large social gathering. On this occasion Christians would want to be guided by the principles that apply every day of their lives. So whether one takes note of a wedding anniversary or not is a personal matter. - Romans 13:13, 14."

For more, see:

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Birthdays? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

WEDDINGS - Links to Information (INDEX; Watchtower Online Library)

RING (Insight-2 p. 812; Watchtower Online Library)

Should WEDDING RINGS and the use of days and months of the GREGORIAN CALENDAR be avoided by true Christians? (Search For Bible Truths)

A wedding ring has no direct relationship to any act of worship... (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

No pagan worship can be found in the history of the wedding ring. (Cyclopaedia Quotes from 1972 Watchtower article, p. 63 (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Find Articles At JW.ORG By Using a Search Box

UPDATE: As of March 5th, 2014, JW.ORG now has a Search Engine. A direct link to this search engine can be found by clicking here. The following information in this post pertains to custom-made search engines and are unrelated to the new one at 

Many are now familiar with the Watchtower Online Library. There are many ways to find the subject(s) that you are looking for there either through the Search Box, the Publications Subject Index or the Scripture Index.

The Watchtower Online Library has a search box, but does JW.ORG's main site have a Search Box? Apparently not - but you CAN use the Search Boxes on this site for locating any JW.ORG article desired.

Here are two ways how:

1.) Use the search box at the top of the posts on this page or just use this one:



2.) Use the Lijit Search Box:

Enter your word or phrase in the green and white Ligit search box below and then click on the "Search" button. (Sometimes you need to do it more than once to activate it.)

After entering your search, the words "Site" and "Network" will appear above the words "Site Results" at the top, left-hand side of the page. Click on the "Network" tab to view sites friendly to Jehovah's Witnesses as well as from JW.ORG. Try doing this with the Lijit box below.

Lijit Search



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Monday, October 21, 2013

Jehovah's Witnesses and Holidays - Links to Information

Click on any of the following links to view:


CHRISTMAS - Links to Information (Index; Watchtower Online Library)

Christmas (Search Results From the Watchtower Online Library) 

Christmas Customs - Are They Christian? (w00 12/15 pp. 3-7; Watchtower Online Library)

How Should Christ Be Remembered? (w04 12/15 pp. 4-7; Watchtower Online Library)

Jesus' Birth - How and Why it Happened (w02 12/15 pp. 3-5; Watchtower Online Library)

In Search of the Christmas Spirit (JW.ORG)

Why Do Some People Not Celebrate Christmas? (JW.ORG)

Something Better Than Christmas (JW.ORG)

Remembering Jesus Christ (JW.ORG)

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Christmas? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Christmas - It's Origins And Associations (Search For Bible Truths)

The Date of Jesus' Birth (Search For Bible Truths)

Can the Pagan Customs of Christmas Really Be MADE Acceptable to God? (Search For Bible Truths)

Did Jesus Christ or his disciples or his apostles celebrate Christmas? (Search For Bible Truths)

Did Jesus Want His Birthday Celebrated? Did His Followers Celebrate It? (Search For Bible Truths)

Birthday/Christmas Quotes & Resources (Jehovah's Witnesses Redefended)

HANUKKAH (Index; Watchtower Online Library)

Festival of Dedication (Hanukkah) (Index; Watchtower Online Library)

Hanukkah—Is It a “Jewish Christmas”? (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

Hanukkah (Festival of Dedication) - Significance for Christians (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

What Does Christmas Music Really Teach? (Search For Bible Truths)


Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Formally Celebrate Thanksgiving Day?  (Search For Bible Truths)

THANKSGIVING - Does It Have Any Known Pagan Religious Association? (Search For Bible Truths)

The Facts Behind Thanksgiving (From God's Word)

Is there anything wrong with buying a turkey, which is on sale, and making a dinner on Thanksgiving? Is Thanksgiving pagan? (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)


EASTER - Links to Information (Index; Watchtower Online Library)

Easter (Search Results From the Watchtower Online Library) 

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Easter? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses) 

Easter Origins, traditions and Customs - Christian or Pagan? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Easter - Pagan and Unscriptural (Search For Bible Truths; Excerpts from the 4/15/63 and 3/15/68 Watchtowers)

Easter - What do Colored Eggs, Bunnies and Hot-Cross Buns Have to do With Honoring Jesus and God?  (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Does the Word 'Easter' Belong in a Bible Translation? (Acts 12:4; KJV) (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Easter - Who Does It Really Honor? (Jehovah's Witnesses United)

Are Celebrating Holidays Acceptable to God? (Search For Bible Truths)

Paganism (Search For Bible Truths)
Links to related subjects

Should We Celebrate Holidays? (bh p. 222-p. 223; Watchtower Online Library)
“There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament,” states The Encyclopædia Britannica. How did Easter get started?

EASTER - Does It Have Any Pagan Religious Associations? (Search For Bible Truths)


HALLOWEEN (Index; Watchtower Online Library)

Should we celebrate holidays like... Halloween? (JW.ORG)

Halloween - Should You Celebrate It? (Search For Bible Truths)

HALLOWEEN - Does It Have Any Known Pagan Religious Associations? (Search For Bible Truths)

St. Patrick's Day:

Saints (Search Results From the Watchtower Online Library)

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate St. Patrick's Day? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

St. Patrick, The Shamrock and The Trinity (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

ST. PATRICK'S DAY - Does It Have Pagan Religious Associations? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

St. Valentine's Day:

VALENTINE'S DAY (Index; Watchtower Online Library)

Saints (Search Results From the Watchtower Online Library)

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate St. Valentine's Day? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

St. VALENTINE'S DAY - Does It Have Any Pagan Religious Associations? (Search For Bible Truths)

April Fools' Day:

How Do Jehovah's Witnesses View April Fools' Day? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Practical Jokes (Search Results From the Watchtower Online Library)

Origins of April Fools' Day (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

When it comes to having fun or playing practical jokes at another's expense, what scriptural principles should be kept in mind? (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

Mother's Day:

What is the origin of the practice of setting aside a day to honor mothers? (rs p. 176-p. 182; Watchtower Online Library)

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Formally Celebrate Mother's Day? (Search For Bible Truths)

Independence Day (Fourth of July) - Also see "Neutrality"

Flag Salute, Voting, and Civilian Service (lv pp. 212-215; Watchtower Online Library) 

What scriptures have a bearing on the attitude of true Christians toward involvement in ceremonies commemorating events in a nation's political history? (Search For Bible Truths)

New Year's Eve / Day:

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate New Year's Eve / Day? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Should A Christian Celebrate New Year's Eve / Day? (Search For Bible Truths)


Are Celebrating Holidays Acceptable to God? (Search For Bible Truths)

Should WEDDING RINGS and the use of days and months of the GREGORIAN CALENDAR be avoided by true Christians? (Search For Bible Truths)

Examining Romans 14:6 (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Candy in the gutter illustration (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

Beware of Customs That Displease God (w05 1/1 pp. 27-30; Watchtower Online Library)

Can a Pagan Holiday Be Made Christian? (w07 12/15 pp. 8-9;Watchtower Online Library)

Should We Celebrate Holidays? (bh p. 222-p. 223;Watchtower Online Library)

What view do Christians take of religious holidays? (bh chap. 16 pp. 154-163;Watchtower Online Library)


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Links to JW.ORG Articles Concerning Halloween in 11 Languages


The Truth About Halloween 

The Origins of Halloween—What Does the Bible Say About Them?

HALLOWEEN (INDEX, Watchtower Online Library)

Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

“We Do Not Want to Celebrate Halloween!”

The Truth About Popular Celebrations


Español (SPANISH)

¿Apoya la Biblia la fiesta de Halloween?

NOCHE DE BRUJAS (Índice 1986-2013; BIBLIOTECA EN LÍNEA Watchtower)

La cara oculta del Halloween


Por qué no celebro el Halloween

¿Debemos celebrar las festividades?

“No queremos celebrar la Noche de Brujas”

¿Debemos celebrar las festividades? - Noche de Brujas (Halloween).

Búsquedas en


Woher kommt Halloween und wie steht die Bibel dazu?

Was verbirgt sich hinter Halloween?

Warum ich Halloween nicht feiere

„Wir wollen kein Halloween feiern“

HALLOWEEN (Index 1986-2013: Wachtturm ONLINE-BIBLIOTHEK)

Die Wahrheit über populäre Bräuche und Feiertage

Populäre Bräuche — Ein harmloses Vergnügen?

Sollten wir Feiertage feiern? - Halloween

Suche JW.ORG


La verità su Halloween

Le origini di Halloween: Cosa dice la Bibbia?

Perché non festeggio Halloween

“Non vogliamo festeggiare Halloween!”

HALLOWEEN (Indice 1986-2013; BIBLIOTECA ONLINE Watchtower)

La verità sulle feste tradizionali

Feste tradizionali: un innocuo divertimento?


Dovremmo osservare le feste? - Halloween

Cerca in JW.ORG

Ελληνική (GREEK) 

Η Αλήθεια για το Χαλοουίν

Τι Λέει η Αγία Γραφή για τις Ρίζες του Χαλοουίν;

Πρέπει να Τηρούμε Γιορτές; Χαλοουίν

Η Αλήθεια για τις Δημοφιλείς Γιορτές

Δημοφιλείς Γιορτές—Αθώα Διασκέδαση;

«Δεν Θέλουμε να Γιορτάσουμε το Χαλοουίν!»

Γιατί Δεν Γιορτάζω το Χαλοουίν


Πρέπει να Τηρούμε Γιορτές; Χαλοουίν

Αναζήτηση ΔΙΑΔΙΚΤΥΑΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ της Σκοπιάς και JW.ORG Ελληνική (Greek)






A origem do Halloween

O que a Bíblia diz sobre as origens do Halloween?

Por que não comemoro o Halloween

Halloween — BIBLIOTECA ON-LINE da Torre de Vigia

A verdade por trás das festas populares

Halloween — BIBLIOTECA ON-LINE da Torre de Vigia

Festas populares: apenas diversão inofensiva?


Devemos comemorar feriados ou dias santificados?

Buscar no JW.ORG


La vérité sur Halloween

Halloween : que dit la Bible sur ses origines?

Pourquoi je ne fête pas Halloween


“Nous ne voulons pas fêter Halloween!”

Les fêtes populaires : un divertissement innocent?

La vérité sur les fêtes populaires

Devrions-nous célébrer les fêtes?


한국어  (KOREAN)

핼러윈 데이—무슨 날인가?

성경에서는 핼러윈의 기원에 대해 무엇이라고 말합니까?

축일들을 지켜야 하는가?

हिन्दी  (HINDI)

हैलोवीन। दी इनसाइक्लोपीडिया अमेरिकाना कहती है: “हैलोवीन के रस्मो-रिवाज़ों की शुरूआत, मसीह से पहले के ज़माने की एक रस्म से हुई थी जिसे ड्रूइड [प्राचीन केल्ट के पुजारी] मनाते थे। केल्ट जाति के लोग दो बड़े देवताओं के नाम पर त्योहार मनाते थे। एक सूर्य देवता था और दूसरा, मरे हुओं का देवता।…मरे हुओं के देवता का त्योहार नवंबर 1 को मनाया जाता था और यह तारीख केल्ट जाति के लोगों के लिए नए साल की शुरूआत थी। मरे हुओं की खातिर मनाए जानेवाले इस त्योहार को धीरे-धीरे मसीही रस्मो-रिवाज़ में शामिल कर लिया गया।”

polski (POLISH)

Prawda o Halloween

Korzenie Halloween — co o tym mówi Biblia?

Czy obchodzić święta?



W The Encyclopedia Americana czytamy: „Ślady zwyczajów związanych z wigilią Wszystkich Świętych (Halloween) można znaleźć w ceremoniach druidów z czasów przedchrześcijańskich...

Prawda o popularnych tradycjach - Przebudźcie się! — 2001
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