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Since ban, persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses is ‘worse than ever’

Sixty-one-year-old Teymur Akhmedov, a Jehovah's Witness, on trial in Astana, Kazakhstan, on March 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Svetlana Glushkova (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Judges of Russia’s Supreme Court attend a hearing in Moscow on Jan. 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

(RNS) Since the Russian Supreme Court labeled Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” group, vandals have targeted followers and their banks accounts have been frozen. Stones were thrown at a St. Petersburg assembly hall and someone tried to burn the Moscow home of a Jehovah’s Witness to the ground, a church spokesman said.

The ruling seems to have emboldened those who resent and fear the Witnesses, a religious minority that has suffered more than most in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where the Russian Orthodox Church enjoys the backing of the state and harassment of gays and other marginalized groups has spiked in recent years.

“We were hoping the court would realize that we are not a threat,” said Robert Warren, a spokesman for the Witnesses based in their New York world headquarters. “But now the environment is worse than ever.”

The court decision, say Jehovah’s Witnesses officials and human rights experts, has not been fully enforced. Worship, reports from the country indicate, continues at some of the “Kingdom Halls” that serve Russia’s more than 100,000 Witnesses.

But the possibility that the government will completely shut down the Jehovah’s Witnesses looms.


READ: Who are Jehovah’s Witnesses?


While Jehovah’s Witnesses prepare an appeal — and take heart in the condemnation of the court ruling from national and international bodies, including the U.S. State Department — they are not optimistic about a reversal of the ruling. And they worry for their brethren over the border in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic.

“In some ways the situation in Kazakhstan has deteriorated even faster,” said Felix Corley, an Oslo-based religious rights activist who edits the Forum 18 News Service, which tracks abuses in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Earlier this month, a 61-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Kazakhstan — a retired bus driver battling cancer — was sentenced to five years in prison and banned from preaching for three years after he gets out.

Sixty-one-year-old Teymur Akhmedov, a Jehovah’s Witness, on trial in Astana, Kazakhstan, on March 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Svetlana Glushkova (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

A court convicted Teymur Akhmedov of inciting “ethnic, social, religious, family, and racial hatred.” Jehovah’s Witnesses said he peacefully shared his beliefs with a group of young men who asked him questions about his faith.

Witnesses are working on Akhmedov’s appeal and say that since the Russian Supreme Court decision, anti-Witness propaganda has spread in Kazakhstan. Recently a popular television channel there reported that Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia plan a bombing, and speculated that the same could happen in Kazakhstan, said Bekzat Smagulov, a Jehovah’s Witness and spokesman on the Akhmedov case.

“Most people are afraid,” Smagulov said of Kazakhstan’s 18,000 Witnesses.

In Russia, where authorities have officially declared the group illegal, fears run even higher. The surveillance and prosecution of the Witnesses began decades ago and involves all levels of government and law enforcement — from the Justice Ministry to the FSB (the successor to the KGB) to local police.


READ: US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom


But Russia can’t honestly fear violence from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, said Corley. “I cannot believe they think they’re going to go out and kill people.”

Yet the court last month, after six days and 30 hours of testimony, deemed the Jehovah’s Witnesses a threat to the state, commanded a halt to all their activity and allowed for the seizure of their property.

Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch. Photo courtesy of Rachel Denber

Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch, the international nonprofit, called the case against the Witnesses “absurd.”

Specifically, Russian prosecutors accused the group of breaking a 2002 anti-extremism law — a statute human right activists say the government uses to harass groups Putin and his allies disfavor.

That law prohibits any group, except the Orthodox Church and a few other traditions, from claiming the true path to salvation. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, like many denominations, make such a claim, Denber said, but not in a way that should land them on the same list of outlaws that includes al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

The Witnesses’ Western ties are also particularly suspect in today’s Russia, which seeks to challenge the West as an international power broker, Denber said.

More Witnesses live in the U.S. than any other country. And though Jehovah’s Witnesses regard Christ as their founder, the modern-day group formed in Pittsburgh, where a group of Bible students in the late 19th century began writing down the Witnesses’ beliefs.

Among those beliefs: pacifism.

The world’s 8 million Witnesses — who can be found in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia — eschew violence and don’t join the military, which makes some question their patriotism even when they find alternative ways to serve their countries.

But their pacifism also makes the extremist label all the more confounding to those in the Western world who know the Witnesses as the well-mannered people who ring doorbells and ask if they can share a copy of The Watchtower, the group’s journal.

And though the Witnesses have been harassed in many nations, in Russia they suffer more acutely and are commonly described as a cult — a group that rejects much of Orthodox Christianity, including its trinitarian understanding of God.

Another attribute of the Witnesses may threaten their persecutors.

“They’re very well-organized,” Denber said.

The Witnesses’ Russian headquarters near St. Petersburg is affiliated with nearly 400 local organizations around the country. Internationally, the group boasts an active press and colorful literature.

Russian authorities have restricted many other religious groups, including various Protestant sects, the Falun Gong and Hare Krishnas, as well as atheists, adds Corley. But these groups don’t face elimination as a religious organization the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses do, because — unlike the Witnesses — they never had to register with the government.

“They can’t be liquidated as a legal entity because they never had legal status,” Corley said.

If appeals in Russia and Kazakhstan fail, Jehovah’s Witnesses say they will take the cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe has been a national reporter for RNS since 2011. Previously she covered government and politics as a daily reporter at the Charlotte Observer and The State (Columbia, S.C.)

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  • Time to start the countdown. When will the True Christians show how much they really don’t care about it?

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) predicted the end of the world, IN WRITING, numerous times. Not once did they come true. They truly are known for their ‘False Predictions’ the world over.

    JWs are taught that they alone are TRUE Christians and that all other people not JW will soon be destroyed. This is no exaggeration.

    JWs will allow their own children TO DIE rather than accept a life saving blood transfusion even in severe medical emergencies. It has already happened THOUSANDS of times!

    Just like this mother died unnecessarily! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/7078455.stm

    Now her husband has NO wife and twins have NO mother. And all for what?

    Or this teenager that also DIED: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/8690785.stm

    This pregnant JW and her baby died.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3027599/Jehovah-s-Witness-baby-die-refuses-blood-transfusion-seven-months-pregnant-cancer-80-chance-surviving-treatment.html

    JW’s NEEDLESSLY die for this sorry blood policy today.

    From the same organization that has an entire 100 + year history of similar bad and embarrasing policies.

    As a 15 year active JW (and an elder) here is my own story: http://exjehovahswitnessforum.yuku.com/topic/922#.USEl4aWhDHh

    JWs used to forbid Vaccinations and Organ Transplants (calling a life saving transplant “Cannibalism”) for a combined 33 years.

    This JW elder refused a kidney transplant and DIED only to have JWs say transplants are now OK 2 years later. http://ajwrb.org/experiences/debbie-shards-story)

    JWs enforce extreme shunning for any JW that decides to leave their religion or who commits a sin without showing enough repentance in front of the elders.

    I have literally seen parents cut off all ties with their children solely because the kid did not want to remain a JW but went in another direction.

    Even the ex-JWs who leave the religion on their own, who are 100 percent truthful, sincere, love God, pay taxes, help others and more are still SHUNNED by all current JWs and marked as godless, proud, sinning apostates. The Awake magazine recently called them “mentally diseased”.

    And MANY contemplate suicide because the penalties of losing everything are simply TOO MUCH TO TAKE.

    But an honest question is: Why do so many JWs leave after being one time followers?

    As I eventually found out, the JW religion did say, IN WRITING, that the end would come in 1914 and then again in 1925. Was Jehovah directing all that? 1914 and 1925 came and went! They were proven false predictions. Period.

    They also said the end very likely would happen in 1975 and even commended (in the watchtower) witnesses for selling their houses and pioneering because of it.

    But 1975 came and went!

    They also said (for many decades) that the end would come before the generation born in 1914 passed away. In fact up until 1995 it was written inside each Awake magazine cover. Only they then had to change that meaning as well (including the Awake masthead) because that generation CAME AND WENT TOO.

    I was an active JW (and elder) for 15 years before leaving because of the blood and fractions policy 10 yrs ago. Today I’m shunned by all JWs simply because I left the religion.

    Most JWs simply accept everything the Watchtower teaches and says as “food from God”. Just like I did.

    Most believe God has chosen the Watchtower Society as his “channel”, which provides food from God Himself to their religion and ONLY their religion.

    But an honest look at the facts of the JW religion shows God has not chosen the WT for anything!

    Take a LOOK: http://www.freeminds.org/history/part2.htm

    ALL FROM THEIR OWN LITERATURE WITH DATES & PAGES TO SEE FOR YOURSELVES!!!

    Pages and pages of mistakes, embarrassments, false predictions, medical disasters, weird science, doctrinal failures and more for over 100 years now!

    Obviously ‘GOD’ would not get things wrong like this. Obviously ‘GOD’ did not provide bad food like that for their entire history.

    But most JWs have no idea about these things. They’re told to stay away from anything critical of their religion.

    For example: Was God’s spirit with JWs when they said Organ Transplants were a “conscience matter” in 1961?

    OR,

    Was God”s spirit with WT when they THEN SAID Organ Transplants are same as “Cannibalism” in 1967 and forbid them?

    OR, was God’s spirit with the WT when they THEN SAID Organ Transplants are NOT the same as cannibalism in 1980 and now allow them?

    Was God behind all those changes each time? Did ((GOD)) get all those things wrong each time? How many JWs like that elder above DIED by refusing kidney transplants, only later on to be told they’re OK to have now?

    Which is why some end up taking their lives due to losing their family or feel compelled to speak out about it, like me right here and now.

    And now because I walked away JWs are demanded to shun you for life (including your very own family).

    Examine this religion and ask as many questions as you can!

    Vinny

  • Excellent comment Vinny, but they’ll never see the truth
    2 Corinthians 4:4
    English Standard Version
    In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

  • 5 hours so far. No christian has shown up to defend, but two have to attack.

    Way to go!

  • Fulfillment of Jesus Christ words in the Book of John, Chapter 15:

    17 “These things I command YOU, that YOU love one another.+ 18 If the world hates YOU, YOU know that it has hated me before it hated YOU.+ 19 If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own.+ Now because YOU are no part of the world,+ but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU.+ 20 Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU also;+ if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also. 21 But they will do all these things against YOU on account of my name, because they do not know him that sent me. -New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

  • Vinny is absolutely correct in his assessment. They take the fun out of fundamentalism. However, they (should) have as much right to practice their religion as you do. You, as a Christian, should be defending their rights because it might be your denomination next. Do you think the ROC is going to just single them out?

  • That world hated me before it hated you.
    You are part of the world, but. I haven chosen you.
    They will persecute you for your faith as I have been persecuted.
    They do things against you on account of my name.
    These are the extreme manipulations of a false prophet who is like a car salesmanand his best pitch.
    You are told of a persecution of a manwho is doing this for the “chosen few”.
    You are told to obey even though you may be persecuted yourself.
    You feel special, you feel brave, you feel you know God. And he’s going to look after you.
    If he doesn’t then the answer is: god works in mysterious ways. God can exist forever because of omnipotence and mysterious ways.

  • Your making a point, but the truth is Jim, if it isn’t Putin’s group, someone will be outlawing Christianity soon. Christ foretold that a long time ago. It’s just when it is going to happen.

  • And only 144, 000 will make it to the kingdom while others just die with no resurrection.

  • Incorrect. 144,000 rule as princes with Jesus as the Temporary King until he hands it all back to Jehovah. And its a resurrection separate from these princes. And the 2nd resurrection is for the benefit of mankind. A resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous. All those people who have suffered and died on this earth get a 2nd chance.( And the bible comments that some will never die who see these things. Survivors of Armegeddon.) On a paradise earth under gods goverment.Just say the lords prayer out loud. The earth still has to be fixed……. Jesus demonstrated on a small scale while he was on earth, healed the sick, resurrected the dead. Made sure the fishes and bread fed hundreds, hushed the storm. Showed empathy and compassion to all who would listen. Thats what we are looking forward to for mankind. Mans had long enough to fix but unfortunately its all broken and unfixable. Thats what the bible is their for to pick us all up and their is a happy ending for those who value what the bible says. Accurate knowledge means life. All the best to you all and may you have peace. Jw.org for any more questions.

  • Will anyone of us know there is one Almighty God who so loved the world that He sent his begotten son for opportunity to live forever on earth without the written Holy Bible? I am sorry to say no one told me to do what I believe is right for me. It is written in the Holy Bible that I believe the signs of the last days are simultaneously being fulfilled. Anyway, I do not expect all the people will be believe what the Holy Bible teaches us; hence, with due respect to others, we are all entitled to our own opinion and comments. Thanks you and wish you all a good day living in peace and security.

  • What kind of treacherous god plays Cat and Mouse with his own creations. To swallow all that garbage you just posted would take an unstable person, or an uneducated person to do so.

  • If you read the bible its pretty clear who the God of this system is lady. I would question have you even read the bible lol and as far as education is concerned I’m reading and writting just fine thanks.
    There is a saying “He or she that throws mud loses ground.”
    Try and find a few different translations of the bible and have a little read it might help you more than you think. All the best to you. Hope you find what you are searching for. But mudslinging is not going to get you there.

  • Well i hope those ones get justice. Criminals deserve to pay the price. So may I ask……. I have not demonstrated those disgusting vices in my life yet you condemn me for the wrongdoing of a few others as a Jehovahs Witness. Since when will common sense prevail and thinking ability.
    Because of the wrong doing of another why am I being tarred with that same brush. Is that sensible on your part. Is that truly thinking ability. I hope those ones get justice. The bible say we are all going to render an account to god. At the end of the day its the man or woman who has done the wrong who is covering it up and hiding it. Not the whole organisation thankyou very much. Like any crook does.

  • 21 hours, and I’m still not seeing a Christian who is not a JW step up to condemn these attacks on your fellow Christians.

    I’ll check in tomorrow.

  • It wil come to pass.
    John 16:2 – English Standard Version
    They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.”
    You keep on doing what you have been doing and just continue to trust the Lord.

  • A real keen kind of manipulation. Some genius like Joseph Smith’s “restoration of the gospel of Jesus. ” knew what people wanted andneeded. To somehow escape death. He told a lovely fairy tale..

  • Satan’s greatest achievement is having convinced the world that he does not exist.
    Jehovah will vindicate his name!

  • Do you mean that Jehovah will excuse him, pardon him? What do you mean Jehovah will vindicate his name?

  • You religionists are bonkers. In America one has the right to believe and worship (I always wondered why god commanded He be worshiped) anything you want. But you can’t get away with foisting your fantasy on other Americans. Betsy DeVos is going to get tired of all the boos and criticisms by a reasoning people. She wants, she says, to advance the kingdom of god. In this day and age, people only going to laugh at her as she’s beaten down by thinking people.

  • Jehovah will vindicate his own name! Satan will be abyssed. Every one will know the name Jehovah.

  • What does propaganda rape victims have to do with being free to worship the God of your choice? This is about freedom of religion not rape, get educated please before you comment. People commit crimes, not God. Imperfect people commit crimes and will continue to commit crimes. Religious leaders in Russia are using the government to oppress other religions to remain in power, they feel threatened, just like in Jesus day. You would know that if you had a current education on the matter. Nothing has changed in thousands of years. If you don’t educate yourself you are at fault for remaining blind and making silly comments like you do that reflect your intellect, sorry but it’s a sad fact.

  • yes, they will be coming for your religion next and maybe sooner than later. Trouble is will you deny your God so you don’t go to jail? Will you deny your God so your assets won’t be frozen? Would you deny your God so you wouldn’t be sent to a consentration camp? JWs don’t abandon their God, they can’t break their spiritual backs. God will see all who denounce Him and it will be duly noted in these end times.

  • If you want to see real and documented crimes by religion go to ITCCS.org…religion has committed genocide for 1000s of years

  • I condemn it as a Christian. I actually followed a link over here from a council of faiths for religious freedoms who also condemn this violence who have been following this case for several months. This is disgusting hate against a peaceful religious group and persecution against anyone peacefully practicing or not practicing a faith is wrong.
    If you mean in Russia I think they’re all keeping their heads down.

  • Hey Anita must be those bibles that people collect and don’t read on dusty bookshelves. Because I don’t know about you. But some of these other comments seem to show no knowledge of the bible what so ever.

  • Abyss is a noun not a verb that you can put an “ed” ending on. Abyss , singular ; abysses, plural.

  • AT last. A person who identifies as a Christian condemning this. Thank you. It only took about 24hours.

    I was beginning to think that there were only a-holes.

    Thank you.

  • No only 144,000 will reign with Christ Jesus. The rest of obedient Christians will live forever in a new world. Those who died before will be resurrected into that new world.

  • Some genius manipulated you because he knew you had a secret desire to be among the “chosen” few. He used your vanity to manipulate you into striving for the best place.next to Jesus. The opportunity to become the best little human you can be…lead you by the nose to embrace a fairytale, and the genious laughed all the way to the bank.

  • Either that or they are well versed and have studied the whole Bible in a college classroom. If you’re interested the course is called. Backgrounds of liTerature

  • To be fully educated one must read Scripture over and over. That would be a kind of hell !

  • The Bible tells you you will render an account. Are you ready. ?Because He will come like a thief in the night.
    Boo!

  • I do too when I have the time.
    Had a not bad article awhile back in an Awake magazine about science and the bible. Really enjoyed it. Quite a lot of positive points. Gets the grey matter working.
    Anyway all the best to you may you have a good day.

  • Now the question is what can we do to help these people in Russia? Will any governments dare taking these people in a refugees at risk of starting crap with Russia?
    I wish I could find a group that was doing more then just condemning it.

  • I feel the same way about the gay men being persecuted in Chechnya. Our o
    Government doesn’t seem to care in the slightest.

  • Yeah I was talking to my husband about that the other day. We’ve had cases in US immigration court about not deporting gay people to the middle east because in places it’s a death sentence. Why don’t these groups such as gay people and certain religious groups qualify as refugees?
    I can’t see Trump doing anything to set off Putin and that’s assuming he’s even 100% aware. I won’t throw my politics into this situation though. It’s not the place. I just grew up around a lot of Bosnian people and my husband’s family are Guatemalans so I’ve got a pretty clear of what happens when you ignore situations that take quick actions.

  • People who are completely assured that they have The Only Truth That Matters don’t really care about people whom they perceive as not having it.

    Hence my comments on this and other threads.

  • Oh, how you go on. I don’t want a litany of your shortcoming.you apologize for everything. Just can’t stand the reality that we are imperfect.

  • Spelling is considered rote learning. Something you have to take time to memorize. Critical thinking is.a higher order of the intellect. That’s harder to perfect.

  • New words are being created every day.
    For example, JFK made final into an adjective = finalize. Until then it was considered poor grammar to say “finalize”. When he used it “finalize” became acceptable and we use it all the time now.

  • Hence, the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is called the Prince of Peace for a reason.

  • Adjectives like “final” are commonly made into verbs like “finalize” ..actual..to actualize. ..particular…particularize. .national. .nationalize..there are lots. .nothing new ..really. .real…realize. .special specialize. .

  • Isn’t it fun to learn new things.
    Here is my citation.
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/us-presidents-say-the-darndest-things/belittle
    About the Word:
    More than one of our presidents have felt the sting of public opprobrium for employing the dreaded word finalize in their speeches. At a press conference in November of 1961, President Kennedy responded to a reporter’s query by saying “We have not finalized any plans.” A measure of outrage ensued.
    Before Kennedy committed this ostensibly grievous blunder, President Eisenhower had caught flak for the same word. The New York Times, in a 1961 article about Kennedy’s usage, quoted an unnamed ‘grieving linguist’ as saying “Eisenhower began the process, and Kennedy is finalizing it.”
    A number of people had been guarding the English language against the intrusions of the word finalize for decades at this point, usually on the grounds that it was commonly used as business jargon.

    You’re welcome, Mary.

  • Just because a writer says “finalize ” is a term coined by presidents doesn’t make it so. Search through adjectives and see how many can be transformed into ize verb suffixes.
    Sebody made a big deal out ofnothing.

  • What a biggly load of horse plucky. The most genius of men have manipulated the dim: you will be my Chosen,; you will be persecuted for your belief (magnanimous you); but if you obey my commandments, I will reward you with a glorious afterlife. All you have to do is praise my name , give 10%,and follow the rules.

  • Mary, you clearly misread my comment. The word “finalize” was considered jargon at one time by language purists. After JFK used “finalized” on an interview it became normalized to the point that we use it now in more formal contexts.

  • I’m afraid you are incorrect about the origin of the word “finalize” …best give a citation, pls.

  • That’s not true. Jesus taught there was one road to salvation, yet he showed love to others.

  • the “god of this world” does not create. The “god of this world,” is satan, mary.

  • I get that you have no answer. If you did, smart as you are, you’d reword your answer.

  • Why don’t you explain it to me.? Just because the Bible is revered doesn’t make true.

  • He didn’t heal my friend whose family were believers. And much prayer there was. Why do you suppose he heals. Some and ignores others?

  • If only you knew how many miles have been traveled on foot to visit people…in their own homes..it seems like jw’s care more than you want to admit.

  • I see what you are trying to say, but you are missing my point entirely. I’m on the side of JW’s in this matter. But then, I am an atheist, and I care about religious freedom.

    Having said that, I also have to say that you might see going from door to door to spread your word as an act of love. A lot of people who already have their own faith, or are not interested in faith in any case, don’t see it that way at all. As a gay man, I have been told by many Christians of a certain sort that as they lie about me, attack my life and my family and my rights as a citizen, that they are doing it out of love and concern for my soul, and will do so REGARDLESS of how I might feel about it, regardless that they have to make up a lot of evil crap to get their point across.

    “BElieve what I believe, or I’ll hurt you” isn’t love. IT’s narcissism. and this is something that JW’s should be able to understand as they are attacked for their faith by government and other “Christians”.

  • If He healed everyone, it wouldn’t be a miracle – that’s the standard answer, mary. I don’t know. I think He doesn’t get a lot of credit for the healing He does do, except for the miracles. Every day with people taking medication, He is healing….we just don’t seem to recognize that.

  • I don’ t blame god anymore. From hatred of god to indifference,
    I’ve come. a long way. I just don’t need a god who commands worship, and maybe I’ll answer your prayer, give you an awesome miracle.
    Now I look at my life and give myself praise for all my acvomplisment. ..forgive myself for bad choices. I’ve never felt so happy with who I am.

  • If you are expecting God to answer your ever prayer, who is serving who? As Christians, we serve God. He doesn’t serve us, although He will do things for us at times.

  • The definition of a con man: He looks at you as his aim is to figure out what it is you want. So he crafts an approach that centers on you; want attention? Want to be a hero? Want that afterlife (chuckle) .
    You belong to Me and I chose you.
    2. Folks will persecute you as they persecuted Me.
    3. They are against you as they are against Me.
    Stick with Me,; money is needed to “advance the Kingdom of God “__Betsy DeVos

  • Not at all mary. The blessings that we receive while here – my dad was healed of cancer – and the blessings afterward – an eternity with Jesus, make it all worth it.

  • D you mean it is the “miracle” you pray for.?to postpone god’s intervention, and get him to know you because of your multiple appeals, and nevermind others.?
    And when you pray, are you begging? And when you pray, make it a miracle, please. Do you want to be singled out, worthy of a miracle. ?
    A blessing. How would that look to your neighborhoods.

  • I am blessed on a regular basis mary. Sometimes I pray for “a miracle”. One would never want to postpone God’s intervention – He wants only good for us.
    Do I beg when I pray? Sometimes.

  • Why can’t he stop bad things from happening to good people. He either can’t or won’t. If He is omnipotent he could prevent suffering, yet sometimes he “blesses” some and ignores others. Is God battling with the ruler of this world, Satan? Is that why he may be too busy to help?

  • Satan was defeated at the cross mary. Christians are going to spend a lifetime with the Lord. Our time here is very short, so the troubles we have here will be forgotten when we meet the Lord.
    Sometimes difficulties are to teach us tolerance, test our faith, for us to develop perseverance. He knows what we need and when.
    If you read the Book of Revelation, you will see Satan’s and his angels end.

  • Religionists should mind their own business .They are the moral police, it seems always sticking their collective noses into the private lives of others. Going door to door asking for time to speak to you about god. And selling that child’s reader known as the Watch Tower. It’s arrogant and imposing.

  • If your satisfied with your high school education good for you. But you are not considered educated.

  • After your first lie that you are concerned about me, I could read no further , your circulation argument.

  • I think this person just wants to argue. I have read some stories about JWs involved in misconduct, but as a whole the religion doesn’t support it or tolerate it.

  • Wow! What religion are you? So I don’t ever join! Believe what you want and let people be. I’m sure if I wanted to, I could find all types of dirt on your religious group. As for killing children and people, your Bible says God commanded stonings, killings, and wars, so be quiet because you are not innocent of atrocious acts either. Talk about pointing your finger when there’s three pointing at you!

  • What does this have to do with the story? Just trying to start something with JWs? You must be bored. Tell me which religion are you, and I bet i can pull up rape cover ups and other misconduct allegations on you too.

  • I think all the corrupt religions that are covering up the rape of children should be banned.
    #churchtoo

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