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  1. vern Sadly, Philosophy has and continues to alienate people and has always suffered 'bad press' particularly in religious circles. I studied Philosophy in my older years and as a active Witness and found the subject fascinating, exhilarating and faith/spiritually up building. I was fascinated by the many 'proof's for God's existence and their relative histories which one could use to good effect in the field when dealing with atheists. For me Philosophy along with His written Word draws me closer to my Heavenly Father because philosophy provides the grammar in understanding God and the world and using the Bible to understand His purposes so I do not have a common, negative of this subject for after the Bible itself contains much that could be considered Philosophy in its purest sense.
  2. Beggar for the Spirit You raise some interesting issues. Your questions are in the fields of Theology and Philosophy (Metaphysics) with the latter underpinning Theology. The Bible as God's Word even though it contains books on Philosophy known as the Wisdom genre does not deal specifically with the subject of 'Being' as a Concept. The word relates to existence so anything that exists would properly 'be' thus would be a 'being' in that formal sense so in this way we can refer to spirit beings which were created and human beings which also were created. However, it is only God that can properly described as Absolute Being so in using such terms, discrimination is essential. Philosophy also concerns itself with words, grammar and trying to explain the world or reality in meaningful language and that is why the term 'Being' is so profound perhaps the most awesome word in human language. There are many good reference works on Philosophy so time spent in pursuing this subject would be most productive. How Jehovah views the matter I cannot say for I do not the Mind of God but what I do know that the subject of 'Being' has fascinated Philosophers since the time of Parmenides but what I think is important is that we understand that words have great power and meaning no more so then this beautiful and abstract word 'Being' or 'to be'. scholar JW
  3. The word 'Being' or 'being' are very important terms in Philosophy for it could be argued that these terms are indeed the most important of all in the vocabulary of Philosophy both Western and Eastern. The meaning of his terms relates to the property of 'existence' which therefore as the First Cause of Existence or the basis of all existence is the Creator, Jehovah God. The very meaning of His name relates to these properties such as causation and existence. For these reasons it has been the traditional that such a term or description 'being' should properly belong to the Deity- God, Jehovah God. From this perspective, should properly be described as 'human creatures which removes the aspect of Deity which alone is the property of the gods to that of the Creation being an act of the Deity - God, Jehovah God. scholar JW
  4. Neil,

     

      After now having enjoyed your comments in a number of areas.

    And reading your over all profile you sound like a brother I would

    like to get to know better. Could you please drop me a PM ?

     

    GStorrs46 ( MIke )

  5. An excellent and highly recommended book on Jehovah's Witnesses has just been published, it is expensive and its details can be found on the Amazon website. The research is titled: 'Jehovah's Witnesses- Continuity and Change" by George D. Chryssides. Chryrssides has over many years written books and articles on our faith and beliefs and is quite accurate and fair in his writings and one recent article discusses an interesting topic', Conflicting expectations? Insider and Outsider methods of studying Jehovah's Witnesses" published in the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions, 2015. scholar JW
  6. Brother David If this subject is so clear to you then can you explain to me why the current updated online, June 2015, Insight On The Scriptures, article 'GENERATION' in the very last paragraph does not in any sense discuss or imply any two-stage hypothesis or any notion of overlapping in the context of Jesus discussion of 'this generation' . It simply suggests quite prudently that "the word 'generation' with reference to humans whose lives would in some way be associated with the foretold events during his presence." scholar JW
  7. I was rather disappointed in the explanation of 'this generation' by David Splane in the September Broadcasting. He really explained nothing but simply added to the confusion over the interpretation of this most problematic phrase. Further, the current explanations seem at odds with what is now published on this subject in the updated online Insight to the Scriptures. A much more prudent interpretation of matters is simply to return to what was published in the Watchtower in 1927? that 'this generation' represented the Church or the Anointed as a whole which is well supported if one consults the meaning of the Hebrew/Aramaic form of which Jesus spoke in his Olivet discourse. scholar JW
  8. Tortuga I agree with you, us old guys should just watch the daisies grow, be seen and not heard and leave it all to the young folk. scholar JW
  9. This brother needs more 'fire in his belly'; he is putting me to sleep. We surely expect a much higher standard of Public Speaking for these men who enjoy great status and privilege inside the Organization. scholar JW
  10. Those brother s or sisters who are partakers need to be respected and honored because they profess to be Christ's brothers and it is out of this group that members of the Governing Body are appointed who with our current understanding of matters form the constitutive and instrumental 'faithful and discreet slave'. Whether each partaker is a genuine or authentic member of 'Christ's body' is a matter for Jehovah God and Jesus Christ and at the Memorial is a timely opportunity to focus on such ones.who partake of the emblems which represent the blood and body of Christ. scholar JW
  11. For me the most important statistic is the number of Memorial Partakers who are the Anointed/Body of Christ with a slight increase from 13,204 for 2013 to 14,121 for 2014 Memorial. It will be interesting to see if this increases for the 2015 Memorial season. scholar JW
  12. I noticed that the Bible featured on the cover of the October 1 WT is a NWT with a light grey cover with ribbon and edge spotting. It also appears to be a Reference Bible. Is this the new NWT? scholar JW