February 21st 2007, 01:26 AM #1
i am currently studying the doctrine and teachings of Jehovah's Witness, and am wondering what persicutions JW followers have faced, either within their own society or from people or govenments beyond the watchtower.
February 23rd 2007, 05:02 PM #2
are you studying to become a JW? or to defend against them?
If you are studying to become one, please talk to us about it first. or run away quickly.
February 27th 2007, 02:14 PM #3
Inside the organization, any JW who begins to exercise "independent thinking" (specifically forbidden) or to question things, may also face persecution. For example, when I was a JW and began publishing a newsletter "Comments from the Friends" I was summoned to appear before a Judicial Committee and, failing to appear, was disfellowshipped for publishing it -- so JWs do not allow their members freedom of the press.
March 1st 2007, 12:20 AM #4
i am a born again christian, but thanks for the concern, i am at bible college and studying cults at the moment, definatly not going to become a jw after what i have learned!!!!
October 17th 2007, 02:17 PM #5
*** jv chap. 22 pp. 451-453 Part 3—Witnesses to the Most Distant Part of the Earth ***
[Box/Pictures on page 451-453]
They Refused to Stop Witnessing Even Though Imprisoned
Shown here are only a few of the thousands who suffered for their faith in prisons and concentration camps during World WarII
1. Adrian Thompson, New Zealand. Imprisoned in 1941 in Australia; his application for exemption from conscription was rejected when Australia banned Jehovah’s Witnesses. After his release, as traveling overseer, he strengthened the congregations in their public ministry. Served as a missionary and the first traveling overseer in postwar Japan; continued to preach zealously until his death in1976.
2. Alois Moser, Austria. In seven prisons and concentration camps. Still an active Witness in 1992 at 92 years of age.
3. Franz Wohlfahrt, Austria. Execution of his father and his brother did not deter Franz. Held in Rollwald Camp in Germany for five years. Still witnessing in 1992 at 70 years of age.
4. Thomas Jones, Canada. Imprisoned in 1944, then held in two work camps. After 34 years of full-time service, he was appointed in 1977 to be a member of the Branch Committee supervising the preaching work in all of Canada.
5. Maria Hombach, Germany. Repeatedly arrested; in solitary confinement for three and a half years. As a courier, she risked her life to take Bible literature to fellow Witnesses. In 1992, a faithful member of the Bethel family at 90 years of age.
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October 20th 2007, 04:38 AM #6
As JW are not much in the areas which are not so called "conditioner comfort zones" they are not much persecuted as they claim. Atleast compared to ordinary christinas who wintess in very hostile hindu and islamic environments, JW persecutions are due to their blind obidience to WT. For JW there is no difference between what God says and what WT says, so in their eyes perscution for their obidience to WT is equal to persecution of God's ppl.Living things are systems that tend to respond to changes in their environment,
and inside themselves, in such a way as to promote their own continuation.
October 23rd 2007, 06:23 AM #7
True, and as the Watchtower Magazine always uses the Bible as it basis, we suffer for what the Bible says:-
“YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that YOU may know and have faith in me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. 11I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.”
2 Timothy 4:5
.You, though, keep your senses in all things, suffer evil, do [the] work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry.