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About niall

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    Queensland, Australia
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    Yes, (Townsville, Aug 2011)

How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I was working with abused children, in an organisation being run by a part of the Catholic Church. I considered myself to be a deist – I believed that there was a God, but that He did not care about, and did not intervene in, our business. I also considered myself to be a sceptic. Scepticism and deism go hand-in-hand. Events that appear supernatural (or miracles) must have an alternative, rational, explanation because God does not interfere with mankind. Or so I thought.

    Often children would ask why these things happened to them and, being associated with the Church, the most common answer was that it was "part of God's plan!"

    Well, I reasoned that, if God wanted this child to be abused, then the abuser was just doing God's will. They shouldn't be sent to gaol, they should be ordained as priests. (It seems, from recent scandals, the Churches were already doing that.)

    When I asked the Priests why God would allow children to suffer like this, I got the same answer, or was told that "God works in mysterious ways!" Not once did they ever open a Bible. Well, none of that cut it with me. I eventually left.

    One day I was in the garden, trying to rescue a bird – it's foot had become entangled in fishing line which had then caught on a tree branch. Turns out I'm not as good at climbing trees as my childhood memories lead me to believe. I was on the verge of falling to my death (well maybe it wasn't that bad) when two men in suits, and carrying briefcases, called out asking if I needed help.

    Ten minutes later, one bird was free, I had no broken limbs, and I was making my new friends a coffee.

    I knew they were Jehovah's Witnesses so I told them I had a few questions. "Great!" They said. "Have you got a Bible?" Every question I asked was answered by a scripture from the Bible. Very little of it convinced me at the time, but I was curious enough to arrange for them to return.

    I was baptised 20 years later. I made sure of everything! I heard all the negative things about the Witnesses, and thoroughly examined them. Although some have a grain of truth, just enough to make them seem credible, I discovered that they were all lies or misunderstandings.

    There is no doubt in my mind that this is the Truth.

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    Photography, digital art (painting and retouching old photos), nature sound recording, and computers.
  • My favorite books
    Now: The Bible (obviously). Medical, science, and psychology journals.

    Before: I used to like Aristotle and other old books on philosophy. Old books on psychology, Jung, Freud, Adler, Ericsson, etc. Not so old books on psychology, Dilts, Seligman, Goleman, Pennebaker, Ekman, etc.

    Not much into fiction, or pop-psychology.

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  1. That’s true, but from what I understand from the article religion is 100% behind this action. With everything else that’s going on in the world, I can easily see this prompting the UN to step in and remove the influence of religion on world politics. This would fulfill the prophecy as we know it. During the Memorial week I spent some time exploring Jerusalem via Google Earth and the one thing that struck me was the number of different churches and temples in the area. I’ve never actually been there, but would it be fair to say it has the highest concentration of different religious buildings for any place on earth?? I don’t know. Christendom, as well as Muslims and Jews, That area would be considered most holy. If the UN were to send troops into the area to quell the troubles caused by the religious manipulation, that would mean the “disgusting thing” would literally be standing in a “holy place.” Certainly, interesting times are ahead.
  2. An article from news.com.au: Middle Eastern prophecy: Is Trump a reincarnated King Cyrus, destined to herald the end of days? All I could think of when I was reading this was Matthew 24:15 - oh, and how thoroughly religion is mixed with politics.
  3. I’m at work and don’t have a lot of time, but I feel compelled to comment on this because it’s a topic close to my heart. I’ve heard the "suicide = no resurrection" theory before and I can understand the reasoning behind it. But consider this, how many faithful servants of Jehovah have committed murder? And is there any doubt whether they will be resurrected? The difference is that they had the opportunity to realise their actions were wrong, and to repent. Those who take their own lives have no such opportunity. Wouldn’t a kind, loving, and understanding God give them that opportunity in a future resurrection? I also have a general rule in never suggesting whether a person may or may not be resurrected. That is up to Jehovah and his appointed King, Jesus Christ - not me. I simply say that a person has the resurrection hope, and leave it at that.
  4. This is a screenshot of the article. I’ve had to compress it so I hope it’s still readable.
  5. It's live in the App Store! ServicePlanner by iMatt Solutions https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/serviceplanner/id1268476525?mt=8
  6. That's a good question, and I should have explained a bit more. The specifics vary depending on the developer and the stage of development the app is at. Basically, you should be prepared to use an app that could/will crash a lot, and be prepared to take the time to submit feedback to the developer. The app, at this stage, is very stable. I think Matt was just after more users to meet Apple's requirements - to be accepted to the App Store. It appears Matt has enough testers now. It looks like he will submit the final release to the App Store in the next few days.
  7. Matt is going to release it "in the coming days." He is asking for more Beta testers so he can reach "Production Status" - something to do with the number of connections to DropBox, from the app. Read more on the Service Planner Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ServicePlannerApp/
  8. Matt has said that he has plans for an Android version but hasn't given any specific details, other than stating it wouldn't be until after version 1 for iOS is out and stable. I don't know if he has already started on the Android version. He has a lot on his plate at the moment. I'll post when I hear more.
  9. Ok. I went to Uni in Townsville (late 80's). I was in Cairns until 2014. We used to have our Conventions in Townsville and I was baptised there in 2011.
  10. I did a search and couldn't find any mention of this app ... Matt, the creator of Equipd, is working on a new app called Service Planner. https://serviceplanner.me It's in Beta at the moment, and I have the privilege of being one of the testers. It's going to have a lot more features than some similar apps available (I've used a few). The web site does a good job of explaining some of the major features. I think it's going to be a very useful tool for the ministry.
  11. Where in North Queensland are you from? [NOTE: Please notice this forum is publicly visible for everyone. If you are not comfortable with that, you may wish to reply by private messsage instead]
  12. There are a few Australians here. I'm from Toowoomba in Queensland. I loved Melbourne when I was there for the IC. I suspect it might be a different place, though, without 70,000 Witnesses walking through the CBD. Welcome to the forum.
  13. I didn't realise President Putin was so small!! Just look at him compared to the Brother. I had to zoom in to the image to make sure it wasn't photoshopped. Unless that's a tall family.
  14. Not exactly. "Backup" means making a copy to be used by the original program or application. "Export" means making the data available in a format that a different program or application can use. If our notes could be exported as txt, rtf, HTML, markdown, etc. they could be opened in a word processing application, or even sent as an email to someone who doesn't have JW Library installed.
  15. Nothing appears on my iPad or iPhone so it might just be a feature on Android. I'll check with some others at the Kingdom Hall tomorrow. I'd assume the backup file is compressed and not necessarily encrypted. Compressing plain text files makes the original text look encrypted. Then again, perhaps the Brothers are encrypting our notes as a precaution.

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