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About Dismal_Bliss

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    Head Programmer
  • Birthday 11/10/1975

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    Happily married to my lovely wife Crystal
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    Northeast Ohio
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How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    My Dad was baptized when I was 10 years old. From then on I was growing up in a divided household. My parents fought like cats and dogs, instigated by my unbelieving mother. However, it did seem that it was my Dad that changed and thus brought all this on, plus avoiding Christmas and Birthdays was just plain weird. As a result, I didn't want to hear it. But at 13 years old I had enough of the fighting and took it upon myself to fix my family. I prayed to whoever if anyone is up there listening and made my petition to learn the truth. Purchase my first bible, a New Revised Standard Version, and began reading. After several months I decided to share what I was believing it to say with my Father, who simply said to keep on reading. But when I shared these things with my mother, she bit my head off and accused me of talking to my father behind her back. A light bulb turned on for me then. Afterwards I invited both of them to give me literature. Reading with an open heart and an open mind led me to believe beyond the shadow of a doubt that Jehovah's Witnesses had the truth. I progressed to being an unbaptized publisher by 15, but it was short lived. At 16 my worldy peers got the best of me and drew me out to sea, where I was tossed about until coming to my senses at 25. I realized that fixing my depressing and debauched life meant returning to Jehovah. Fortunately, my girlfriend had a listening ear and we we're married and then baptized at the exact same time in the summer of 2002.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    Family - doing things together with my wife and children is wonderful - a family that plays together (and prays together), stays together. I'm a Bible teacher and much of my interests center around following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:21). I'm also an internet junkie - probably not a good thing.
  • My favorite books
    God's Word, the Holy Bible (I've collected over 40 translations of this book in Hebrew, Greek, English, and Spanish).
    Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament by Jason David BeDuhn
    The Role of Theology and Bias in Bible Translation by Rolf Furuli
    And then all the following...
    What Does the Bible Really Teach?
    Keep Yourself in God's Love
    Is There a Creator Who Cares About You?
    The Bible - God's Word or Man's?
    Come Be My Follower
  • My favorite music
    Such a broad range that it is too much to list. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Peeping Tom, Mondo Cane, and more), The Cure, Andrea Bocelli, and classical music too. Popular music is okay, until it has been played to death. Probably shouldn't mention some of these. Sadly, you have to listen to an album and weed out the bad songs on just about anything these days.
  • My favorite quotes
    And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free - Jesus at John 8:32

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  1. Upgrade Failed - Carry on as usual for now.

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    2. Intercore


      @carlos What about these who don't visit forum for a long time?


    3. carlos


      Nevermind, Irmantas, I was joking. There's no problem with the number of members. :)

    4. Intercore


      Oh, I didn't get it :D

  2. JWTalk software update coming this weekend. See Announcements Forum.

    1. Stormswift


      Hey ... just about to send our missing persons report on you! Nice to see you still around. Anyone would think you were more interested in skating around rinks eating chicken wings. (Chuckles). Thanks for the update. x

  3. Saying that a rendering is a little "forced" is not necessarily a bad thing. This verse is an extremely difficult passage to translate. A literal rendering based on words and grammar alone are not enough to suffice here in my opinion as well as the opinion of many others. In fact, more than two hundred interpretive solutions have been proposed for this verse. Any interpretive translation can be considered "forced". Here is mine.... Paul mentions that perhaps they "became believers for nothing" in verse 1 and then talks about how Christ was raised up and appeared to hundreds of brothers and sisters including Paul himself as an eyewitness, and this is an essential part of the good news that they believed at first and then decided to become Christians. And so he asks in verse 12. "how is it that some among you say there is no ressurection of the dead?" and that if there is no resurrection of the dead then everything they believe and teach is all for nothing. "Your faith is useless" he says in verse 17 and explains that if this is the case, then those who have already fallen asleep in death have perished completely. So what's the point (verse 19)? Then in verses 20-28 he reinforces the TRUTH of the matter, that Christ did rise and so will those who belong to him. Verse 29 is simply reiterating the questions he raised in verses 12-19 in a simplified, summarized manner. 1 Corinthians 15:29 "Otherwise, if the truths I just reminded you in the previous verses aren't actually true at all, then what will they (those who are saying there is no resurrection) do, they who are being baptized just for the sake of ending up dead? If the dead are not to be raised up at all, why are these individuals being baptized if they are just going to die anyway? Why do we also put ourselves in danger every hour for all of this?" So contextually, the NWT does a much better job than most translations, but since they try as best as they can to not be too wordy, it still requires some explanation.
  4. Good morning everyone! :D

    1. Old


      Good morning to you!

    2. Tortuga


      Buenos dias!

    3. Dismal_Bliss


      I have afternoon meeting, so I'm enjoying a fine public talk at the moment :D

  5. I thought brother Richard was quite clear actually. He mentioned Jehovah's prophecy regarding maneuvering matters to draw Satan out. We also know that Jehovah puts it into the heart of world leaders to turn on Babylon the Great. Jehovah has also made it possible for the good news to be declared far and wide. So yes, he is in control to a relative degree. Many prophecies are fulfilled in amazing detail because "He Causes to Become" ;) Now back ON TOPIC.... While I think the idea of casting a spell on Donald Trump is ridiculous, it certain does shed light on the fact that Witchcraft and Satanism is a real thing, and not something that is only to be found on TV and in Movies. People actually believe this garbage and live their lives accordingly.
  6. Typing a status update right from the sidebar seems to be working again :)

    1. JWpublisher
    2. Sheep


      Good! I was wondering when that was going to work again. Thank you.

  7. Definitely sounds opinionated. Last I checked, the FDS as well as local area elders were not in the business of policing our news and television viewing. Quite the contrary, we're often encouraged to be aware of news that might be on the minds and hearts of local people in our territory, and in the USA, the election is the big kahuna for the moment. Of course, we need not know what positions either candidate take on certain issues, but we can point out the shortcomings of human rulership and point the way to a better government in heaven soon to take over earth's affairs.
  8. Yes, end notes are terrible. Footnotes are much preferred.
  9. Who is Chris Wallace? Of course, we know neither of them one the debate. That's why my vote goes to Jesus
  10. We've all heard of the Hallelujah Chorus. A beautiful song with no bad or erroneous lyrics whatsoever.... Hallelujah! For the lord God omnipotent reigneth. Hallelujah! The kingdom of this world is become The kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, And He shall reign forever and ever King of kings! And lord of lords! And he shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah! Could you imagine if we rewrote this? lol.... Praise Jehovah! For Jehovah God, the Almighty, has begun ruling! Praise Jehovah! The kingdoms of this world have been replaced by the Kingdom of our God and his anointed one, and He will rule forever and ever. King of Kings! And Lord of Lords! And there will be no end to his rule. Praise Jehovah! Maybe George Frideric Handel will be resurrected and instructed to revise this
  11. Don't get upset @Hope as I really think @Thesauron is just defending and explaining the reason for the changes, and is in no way chastising you for feeling less than enthusiastic about the changes. He is right though. All of these changes hinge primarily on translation issues - not only that of translating from English into the target language, but our English translation of the New World Translation was a major overhaul, particularly of the Hebrew text. ... And I hated it when it came out to. In my mind, the original (1984) NWT was the perfect bible, and I invested a significant portion of my life defending it, then lo and behold we updated our bible and now the 2013 NWT also adopted a dynamic equivalence approach. I still used my Reference Bible for a year or more before I started to gain appreciation for the new one. Why? Probably for the same reasons people love the King James Bible. When you get used to reading something a certain way, it becomes poetic and you get attached to it. I didn't like the 2009 songbook changes either. And the piano accompaniment that was released with them had no pause between the end of one verse and the beginning of the next and sounded like it was programmed on a computer vs played by a real human. They ditched those recordings real quick fortunately, and the songs eventually grew on me. I expect I'll have a period of adjustment with these too.
  12. I just got an update the other day, but I don't know what it addressed. My Windows 10 experience to date has been flawless.
  13. 10 years ago is when we started JWTalk Forums
  14. This was a tough call, but I decided to move it out to the General Discussion and Chit Chat forum since it's more a product related topic more closely tied to disaster preparedness than Christian living.
  15. Driving down the street here locally, a nearby church sign read "There is only one God and his name is Jehovah". Some in Christendom understand that Jehovah is the name of the Father. Others incorrectly think it's the name of the Godhead. But in either case, it's still neat to see and hear other people acknowledge the Divine Name. Several protestant churches used to do so until the early 1900's. It seems that as Jehovah was gathering together his people, those in Babylon the Great began dropping their use of the divine name altogether. Anyway, the song and the lyrics were beautiful.