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    I was raised in the Truth. Sorry, not a very interesting story here. :-)

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  1. Tim, is that your business or just a site you recommend? Not that it counts, just out of curiosity.
  2. No, we don't know that with any certainty. The Bible doesn't say when the book is closed. We know it will be closed at some point, but we don't have any idea of when. It could be any time from the beginning of Babylon's destruction to the very minute when Armageddon starts. Never forget that Jehovah doesn't want to destroy anyone. If someone you love repents sincerely in the last minute, wouldn't you be glad that that person is saved? Jehovah feels the same. Besides, since Jesus said that we would never reach all people with our message, it seems very likely that some people who haven't ever heard the Truth will be spared the destruction somehow. Obviously those people wouldn't be doing God's will or cultivatign Christian qualities since they never learned about them.
  3. I understand that those may cause doubts when spelling them, but in most cases they shouldn't cause confusion. I mean, for example, ad/add. 'Ad' is a noun while 'to add' is a verb. They are always used differently, there should never be a doubt if you mean one or the other. Now when there are homophones that are both nouns or verbs or adjectives, they do create ambiguity.
  4. Stem cells are cells that, with the proper coding, can take any form or function. They can become liver cells, eye cells, bone cells, skin, whatever. If I am understanding the article correctly (of which I am not sure at all) it seems they have been able to stimulate stem cells so that they become blood-producing cells, the same kind of cells we have in our spine marrow. Now this is the part I am not clear about: if the idea is inserting those cells inside the patients marrow so that he produces more blood, I don't see anything wrong with that. But if they plan to use those cells to produce big amounts of blood and then use that blood in transfusions, I don't think a Christian can accept those.
  5. Hmmm, no. All the article says is that one journalist published an article in a North Korean newspaper praising Trump's promise of not intervening in the North Korea/South Korea conflict, and expressing that he personally preferred that to the "dull" Hillary Clinton and her "Iranian model" to deal with the conflict. A comment by a journalist doesn't mean his whole country supported Trump in any way. It's just the opinion of one person, but even if it reflected the opinion of the regime, it would be quite logical. "Trump says he will leave us alone, Clinton says she will attack us, I prefer Trump." There's nothing suspicious in that.
  6. North Korea's military power is ridiculous compared to the US. There is only one reason why the US hasn't swept the Pyonyang regime: It's backed by China. And China's military power is much more fearsome. There will not be a war with North Korea because none of the parties has nothing to win from a war. The US has a good ally in South Korea and doesn't want it devastated. Above all, the US doesn't want a war with China. China doesn't want a war with the US either, it's much more profitable to keep their business relationship. And North Korean leaders are very aware, despite all their bluffing, that they are nothing without Chinese support. So once again there will be a lot of barking but no biting.
  7. I guess that poor guy would have confessed anything they wanted. Remember that other guy NK released recently. He was given a life sentence of forced labor for stealing a poster. How must they have tortured him that he died a few days after being released.
  8. No, this is not correct. Even though we know human governments are under Satan's influence, as in the publications you quoted, Ephesians 6:12 doesn't refer to them. We don't have a struggle with human governments or fight them in any way. Please, read the whole scripture again: (Ephesians 6:11, 12) . . .Put on the complete suit of armor from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil; 12 because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, (=) against the authorities, (=) against the world rulers of this darkness, (=) against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places. It contrasts "blood and flesh" with "the governments", so making it clear that our fight is not against any human ruler. The same scripture makes clear that "the governments" and "the authorities" refer to "the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places". So we have a struggle against the demons and their influence, not human governments. The spiritual armor is useful only in a spiritual battle, what use would it be in a fight against human authorities? Of course, sometimes our struggle against demonic influence will mean to refuse to obey a law when it contradicts Bible principles, but then we are not going against the government. Here are a couple quotations that help us understand this idea better (I searched Ephesians 6:12 in the Index): *** it-1 p. 172 Arms, Armor *** Spiritual Armor. Although true Christians do not share in fleshly warfare, they are engaged in a battle and are likened to soldiers. (Php 2:25; 2Ti 2:3; Phm 2) A Christian has a wrestling “against the governments [not made up of flesh-and-blood humans], against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12) Since physical weapons and armor would be of no value in a battle against superhuman spirits, Christians must “take up the complete suit of armor from God.”—Eph 6:13. *** lv chap. 5 pp. 59-60 par. 18 How to Keep Separate From the World *** 18 Those who keep themselves in God’s love also enjoy spiritual protection from Satan, who wants to deprive Christians, not just of happiness, but of everlasting life. (1 Peter 5:8) “We have a struggle,” said Paul, “not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) The word “struggle” suggests that our fight is not long-distance—from the safety of a hidden bunker, so to speak—but hand-to-hand. Furthermore, the terms “governments,” “authorities,” and “world rulers” indicate that attacks from the spirit realm are highly organized and deliberate.
  9. For some reason, brothers who have always kept strict neutrality suddenly think it's ok to criticize or insult Trump. I don't understand it either. On the other hand, I haven't seen any such comments in this particular thread. Of course, saying a certain ruler is a dictator or a tyrant or doesn't respect human rights is not a lack of respect, it's just a statement of facts.
  10. Most forums sections, as this one, are public. The comments posted here can be read by anyone. Every section is clearly marked as "Public" or "Members only". Members-only forums are: Our Meetings, Ministry, and Life as a Christian Deep Bible Research and Personal Study Comfort, Consolation, Support & Recovery Introductions & Warm Welcomes Alt. News, Op-ed, Blogs, & Speculation Announcements, Suggestions, & Member Support
  11. I didn't know you had Aldi's in America. We have them here too, and they're one of my wife's favorites.
  12. Male domination will no longer exist in the new world, but the headship arrangement will still be in force, as will marriage. From the beginning Jehovah intended man to be the family head. 1 Timothy 2:13 says that husband has authority over his wife "for Adam was formed first, then Eve." Perfect men will still be family heads in the new world, but no one of them will dominate his wive nor treat her tyrannically. Jesus' words about the resurrected ones not marrying anymore clearly refer to the anointed. Luke 20:36 says "neither can they die anymore" and also "they are God’s children". That can only apply to the anointed.
  13. Well, maybe it's not a question of imperfection but of design. Pure water is never found in nature, only in laboratories. In nature, water always contains salts and minerals. So it seems we were designed to drink water with "impurities". In fact, sometimes when a person is dehydrated drinking water is not enough, they need an Aquarius-like drink that contains salts and minerals. It's interesting how we were created perfectly adapted to everything around us.
  14. This is right, the most popular idea among paleonthologists right now is that dinosaurs, or many dinosaurs, were actually birds. We use to think of dinosaurs as a single category, but there were many completely different species, so some could actually be birds while others could be reptiles. When paleonthologists say they were birds that means they had some important birdlike features but it doesn't mean that they all could fly. There's no way a Tyrannosaurus could fly since it didn't have wings. Oystriches and hens are birds but don't fly. Not all birds have hollow bones. For example ostriches, kiwis and penguins don't have hollow bones. They don't fly, either, but are birds. Some dinosaurs, such as velociraptors, had hollow bones. Scientists are not sure about others. The Wikipedia entry on T-Rex states: "To compensate for the immense bulk of the animal, many bones throughout the skeleton were hollow. This reduced the weight of the skeleton while maintaining much of the strength of the bones."