OVER 200 SHORT CHRISTIAN - BIBLE TOPIC READINGS,
ESPECIALLY SELECTED FOR FORMER "JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES",
AUTHORED MOSTLY BY FORMER "JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES"
"Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (1) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, (2) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (3) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen." -- Matthew 28:16-20 (NKJV). Emphasis ours.
ALL later scripture should be interpreted such that it is totally consistent with this "great commission" issued by CHRIST JESUS. No later letter, nor division thereof -- paragraph, chapter, and especially no single verse -- should be interpreted as if such is an encyclopedic treatment of a particular topic, that somehow refines a previous teaching or command of JESUS CHRIST. (One longtime television "Bible teacher" even is so bold as to proclaim that "Paul's Gospel supersedes John 3:16.")
Understanding that people in 2021 are busy, and don't have hours to spend searching and reading for something that might not be what they were looking, we have tried to accumulate a small library of 10-30 minute long articles which have been written by Christians, most of whom are former "Jehovah's Witnesses" (both converts and reared-ins), who fully understand what it is like to be a former "Jehovah's Witness" -- both recent and seasoned. These authors are all highly intelligent and/or highly educated. We have judged our article selections based on the content of these articles -- not on any past or present idealogical or denominational affiliations of the author.
We do NOT include articles whose main purpose is to educate non-JWs on the false teachings of the WatchTower Cult, EXCEPT in those instances where even former JWs themselves do not correctly understand some Cult teachings which impacted their past life, and may even be presently retained to some extent. Additionally, the treatment of certain subjects require comparing and contrasting false WatchTower Cult doctrine. Any exceptions to these scenarios were made for reasons made obvious in the content of that article. Few if any of these readings are "XJW testimonials". You can find lots of those elsewhere. Most pages have multiple (2, 3, 4, or more) articles, so if you are just browsing, be sure to tab to the bottom of each page.
We also have attempted to include doctrinal articles from the "middle of the road" -- avoiding both extreme conservative and extreme liberal topics and positions. We have tried to be "selective", but we don't endorse every single thought in every single essay, and neither should our visitors. Take what works for you, and leave what does not. You are no longer part of a CULT. Guided by the Holy Spirit, it is your choice/decision.
Our hope simply is to help former "Jehovah's Witnesses" to understand that LORD JESUS, and His written word, the Holy Bible, are still the answer to all life's problems. We will leave it to the individual and to the Holy Spirit to develop matters further. You can jumpstart the process by getting your Bible and going back and looking up all the Scriptures that you previously skimmed over. There are not a lot of things which we can guarantee in this life, but we can guarantee that spending time in His Word pleases the Holy Spirit and brings His blessing. In fact, if you are not planning to look up the scripture citations in these articles, then turn off your computer, and read your Bible. (We believe there even are added benefits to reading the Bible in an undertone, and to improve even on that -- outloud, with a volume appropriate to the circumstances.)
Feel free to drop us an email (below) if you have constructive comments, or if you have the URL to an essay that we should consider adding to our list. We don't provide "personal advice", and neither do we "argue" about "anything". If you don't like a particular essay, then move on to another essay. If you don't like this website, then move on to another website. Life is too short for drama. GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Some Jehovah's Witnesses, who say there is no life after death which can be resurrected, came to Jesus and questioned Him: "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaves his wife behind, and leaves no child, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother. ... In the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be, since the seven had married her?" Jesus told the Jehovah's Witnesses, "You are deceived, because you don't understand the Scriptures, nor the power of God. For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Now concerning the dead being raised -- have not you read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him: "'I AM' the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob"? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. Jehovah's Witnesses are greatly deceived." -- MARK 12:18-27. (THE REAL WORLD TRANSLATION).
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JESUS "TEACHES" THE PHARISEES "HE IS" "I AM" (YHWH).
(THE REAL WORLD TRANSLATION)
Then, Jesus spoke to the crowd: "I AM the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
So the Pharisees said to Him, "You are testifying about Yourself; thus Your testimony is not valid." Jesus answered, "Even though I AM testifying about Myself, My testimony is valid, because I know from where I AM coming and where I AM going. You don't know from where I AM coming or where I AM going. You are reckoning according to human standards, although I AM not now judging others. When I AM judging others, My judgment will be valid, because I AM not alone, but my Father who sent me and I AM judging together. It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is valid. I AM testifying about Myself, and my Father who sent Me testifies about Me."
Then they asked Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me, nor My Father. If you knew Me, you would also know My Father." Even though He publicly taught these things in the Temple treasury, He was not arrested, because His hour had not yet come.
He said to them again, "I AM going away. You will look for Me, but you will die in your sins. Where I AM going, you cannot come." The Jews said again, "Will He kill Himself, since He says, 'Where I AM going, you cannot come?'" He answered them, "You are from below. I AM from above. You are of this world. I AM not of this world. Thus, I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins."
Then they said to Him, "You, who are You?" Jesus answered, "I AM telling you about the very beginning. I AM having many things to decide whether to tell you. The One who sent Me is Truth. What I heard while alongside Him, I AM telling the world." They did not understand that He was speaking to them about His Father.
Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM, and that I AM doing nothing of My own accord. I AM speaking to you only what My Father taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone. I AM always doing His will.
As He was speaking these things, many professed to believe in Him. So, Jesus said to the Jews who professed to believe in Him, "If you remain in My word, you really are My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
They answered Him, "We are children of Abraham, and we have never been enslaved to anyone. Why do You say, 'You will become free?'" Jesus responded, "Listen closely to what I AM telling you. Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son remains forever. Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. I know that you are children of Abraham, but you are trying to kill Me because you do not accept My word. I AM speaking what I heard while I was alongside My Father, just as you are doing what you heard while alongside your father."
"Our father is Abraham!" they responded. Jesus told them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works done by Abraham. But, you are trying to kill Me -- a man who has told you the Truth which I heard while I was alongside God. Abraham would never have done such as you do. You are doing the works of your father.
They replied, "We are not the children of multiple fathers. God is our one and only Father. Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I AM here because I came from God. I did not come of My own accord, but He sent Me. You do not understand what I say because you do not listen to My word. You are from your father the Devil, and you are more than willing to carry out your father's desires. He was a manslayer from the very beginning. He has not stood in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his inner self, because he is a liar and the father of the lie. Yet, when I AM telling you the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can accuse Me of sin? When I AM speaking the truth, why do you not believe Me? The one who is from God understands God's words. That is why you don't understand me, because you are not from God."
The Jews responded to Him, "Are not we correct when we say that you are a Samaritan, and that you are hosting a demon?" Jesus answered. "I AM not hosting a demon. I AM honoring My Father, while you are dishonoring Me. I AM not seeking glory for Myself, but for the One who deserves it, and judges. Listen closely to what I AM telling you. If anyone observes My word, he will never experience death at any time." Then the Jews said, "Now we know you are hosting a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets. You say, 'If anyone observes my word, he will never taste death at any time.' Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Even the prophets died. Who are you making yourself out to be?"
Jesus answered, "If ever I glorified Myself, such glory would be nothing. It is My Father Who glorifies Me -- the One whom you claim to be your God, but you have never known Him. I know Him. If I were to say I have not known Him, I would be a liar like you. But I have known Him, and I AM observing His word. Your father Abraham was exulted to see My day. He saw it, and rejoiced."
The Jews replied, "You are not even 50 years old, and you have seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Listen closely to what I AM telling you. Before Abraham was, I AM." At that, they gathered stones to stone Him. But Jesus hid, and slipped out of the temple complex.
(THE REAL WORLD TRANSLATION)
In the winter, the Festival of Dedication was being held in Jerusalem. Jesus was walking in the temple when the Jews surrounded Him in Solomon's Colonnade, and demanded, "How much longer are You going to keep us guessing? If You are the Messiah, just say so."
Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you are not believing me. The works that I AM doing in My Father's name are testifying about Me, but you are not believing me because you are not part of My sheep. I AM knowing My sheep, because they are hearing My voice, and they are following Me. I AM giving eternal life to them, and they will never perish during all eternity. Noone will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. Noone is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. The Father and I AM one." Once again, the Jews gathered rocks to stone Him.
Jesus responded, "You have seen me doing many fine works of the Father. For which work are you stoning Me?" The Jews answered, "We are not stoning You for any fine work, but for blasphemy, because You, although being a man, You are making Yourself God."
Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in the Law, 'I said, you are gods'? (Psalm 82:6) He called "gods" those to whom the word of God was given, and that Scripture cannot be erased. Why do you say to the One whom the Father sanctified and sent forth into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I AM the Son of God'? If I AM not doing the works of My Father, then don't believe Me. But if I AM doing them, even though you do not believe Me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand that the Father is in Me and that I AM in the Father." Once again, they were trying to seize Him, but He slipped through their hands.