Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Meeting with Jehova's Witnesses & Today's Recording

Today's recording:
We were done eating at Chipotle today -- really celebrating my daughter's seventh birthday, when  someone from the Jehovah's Witnesses came to talk to me. His name was Dennis Marshall.  He spoke pretty good punjabi for seeming typically born and raised here in the US.  He asked me to go to which I will check out.  I found the following information about Jehovah's Witnesses from Wikipedia.  
He talked about "truth" a lot.  So I came back and sang the song of truth from Guru Nanak. "Satnam."  How can you forget the lord who is true, the one whose name is true.  Sat Naam.  True Name.

Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenialist restorationist Christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity.[2] The organization reports worldwide membership of over 7.65 million adherents involved in evangelism,[3]convention attendance of over 12 million, and annual Memorial attendance of over 19.3 million.[4][5] They are directed by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, a group of elders in Brooklyn, New York, that establishes all doctrines.[6][7][8] Jehovah's Witnesses' beliefs are based on their interpretations of the Bible[9][10] and they prefer to use their own translation, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.[11][12][13][14] They believe that the destruction of the present world system at Armageddon is imminent, and that the establishment of God's kingdom on earth is the only solution for all problems faced by mankind.[15]
The group emerged from the Bible Student movement—founded in the late 1870s by Charles Taze Russell with the formation of Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society—with significant organizational and doctrinal changes under the leadership of Joseph Franklin Rutherford.[16][17] The name Jehovah's witnesses, based on Isaiah 43:10–12,[18] was adopted in 1931 to distinguish themselves from other Bible Student groups and symbolize a break with the legacy of Russell's traditions.
Jehovah's Witnesses are best known for their door-to-door preaching, distributing literature such as The Watchtower and Awake!, and refusing military service andblood transfusions. They consider use of the name Jehovah vital for proper worship. They reject Trinitarianisminherent immortality of the soul, and hellfire, which they consider to be unscriptural doctrines. They do not observe ChristmasEaster,birthdays, or other holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity. Adherents commonly refer to their body of beliefs as "the truth" and consider themselves to be "in the truth".[19][20] Jehovah's Witnesses consider secular society to be morally corrupt and under the influence of Satan, and limit their social interaction with non-Witnesses.
Congregational disciplinary actions include disfellowshipping, their term for formal expulsion and shunning.[21] Baptized individuals who formally leave are considereddisassociated and are also shunned. Disfellowshipped and disassociated individuals may eventually be reinstated if deemed repentant.
The religion's position regarding conscientious objection to military service and refusal to salute national flags has brought it into conflict with some governments. Consequently, Jehovah's Witnesses have been persecuted and their activities are banned or restricted in some countries. Persistent legal challenges by Jehovah's Witnesses have influenced legislation related to civil rights in several countries.