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Someone stated in another post about JW's having a human prophet telling them what to do. Who is this prophet?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:48 AM on May. 15, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I think that you are referring to Russell.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:06 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • Charles Russel funded the bible study group,
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:07 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • telling them what to do.

    Wrong.

    JWs study the bible that's all.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:12 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • Charles Taze Russell (February 16, 1852 – October 31, 1916), or Pastor Russell, was a prominent early 20th century Christian Restorationist minister from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and founder of what is now known as the Bible Student movement,[1] from which Jehovah's Witnesses and numerous independent Bible Student groups emerged.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:12 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • I would think you are referring to Charles Russell, like the others state, but he wasn't a prophet or anything. Just a man who believed that life should be lived by the guidelines the bible set and no other outside teachings. He started the movement which eventually became the JWs... However, they JWs do NOT follow his teachings or believe he was any more than a man. They only follow the bible... Their books and other materials are all based on teachings and stories found in the bible and in many cases factual historical elements which back up those teachings and stories...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:29 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • This "prophet" is a group of men known as "The Society" or "Governing Body" (we always called it "the Society". They have the "power" to translate and interpret Scripture.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 11:45 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • They only follow the bible... Their books and other materials are all based on teachings and stories found in the bible and in many cases factual historical elements which back up those teachings and stories...
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    Changes to doctrine are determined by "the Society". The do interpret, translate, and write the door to door "scripts". This is a fact. These men claim to belong to the " anointed 144,000" that are destined for Heaven.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 11:52 AM on May. 15, 2010

  • write the door to door "scripts".
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    Scripts? I've never used a script to go door to door. We do talk about how to handle different situations, for example, like if someone throws water at us or curses us out, but we dont study a script and use it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:14 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • if someone throws water at us ---

    seriously, does this happen? lol..i just pictured the wicked witch of the west..''ohhhh i'm melting!!''..sorry.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 12:25 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • We do talk about how to handle different situations
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    I don't know how you all do it now, but we used to practice ways to handle things. These scenarios were scripted and the ways to react to them rehearsed.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 2:14 PM on May. 15, 2010

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