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Brenton Hepburn

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I AM one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I am always learning. I am NOT an expert in the full sense of the word but I can answer questions on the reliability of the NWT - the so called mind control problems-so called prophecies - how being a JW affects the individual and relatives and general practices and history of Jehovah’s Witnesses. >>WARNING<< Please be aware that there are people here who ARE NOT practicing JWs. By all means ask these ones questions. Depending on the question you will get an honest answer, but, generally the answer you get, will mislead you as to what we believe, often because, they do not give ALL the relevant details. These ones will, have an agenda against JWs., and will at times give answers that are not correct in regard to JW teachings and practices. If you are after a answer from one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, please read some of the answers that the various experts have published before choosing someone. If you want to ask one of the NON JWs a question, that is fine, BUT if you want a balancing view after asking one of the NON JWs, ask a JW the same question. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: There(have been)and are, some "experts" here who are NOT always the most courteous and polite, at times are actually quite rude, that applies to both JW's and non JW's and their answers may offend, especially when they get personal and attack the character of the person and not the message. Unfortunately some here that have done that. So it IS IMPORTANT to chose an "expert" that YOU feel will best suit YOU by reading some of their past answers . . . . .

Experience in the area

I have been a publisher since 1964. When I first went on the internet I found a lot of negative information dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses covering prophecy, mind control and what many said was a very bad translation of the Bible known as the NWT. It shook my faith. After may hours researching these topics I could see why some felt that way, but, I was also able to explain why there were these misleading views. I can now set matters straight for anyone that has negative information about Jehovah’s Witness to show them that such information is at best misleading and at worst dangerous lies.

Education/Credentials

I have been a student of the Bible for many years, am trying to teach myself Biblical Greek. Was a public tax accountant for many years untill SEP 2009 when I gave it up due to health problems.

What do you like about this subject?

The opportunity to try to set matters straight regarding most of the miss information that exists on the World Wide Web about JW's

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to help give a balanced view of JW's as most non JW's do not provide accurate information about the beliefs of JW's

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Most people are unaware that most of the criticism regarding the NWT originated with one person that misused Colwells Rule as published in 1933 and that most critics just followed his lead.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Possible the most controversial things about JWs is their Bible and what others have seen as failed prophecy. I assert that the WTBTS has NEVER prophesied in the aspect of foretelling a new future event as the prophets of the Bible did.

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Cos10/24/16101010Sure Brenton, I will await your response .....
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Recent Answers from Brenton Hepburn

2016-09-24 About no 'J' in the name Jehovah:

Greetings Reg,    Thank you for writing.    Yes this is a topic that many people do get upset about.  There is a great deal of information on the Internet supporting the above ideas as well supporting

2016-08-24 Evil rules the world - God still stands inactive:

Hello Christophe       Thank you for your questions.  They are the sort of questions many people ask, and yes there are many different ways that people will try to answer them.  Personally I believe in

2016-08-21 Rev 4:11:

Greetings Stan,    Thank you for those extra comments.    I had noticed when researching this text that the basic Greek word  “lambano” can mean either “to take” or “to receive”.   In Revelation 4:11 the

2016-08-17 Who did Jehovah receive power from?:

Hello Kevin,      Thank you for that question. It has been some time since we have conversed. Besides having pain in my back all the time, I am doing OK.    Revelation 4:11 is a text I have read many times

2016-05-21 Follow up/ Thank you:

Hello Reg,    But OK what about Proverbs.    Derrick suggest that the use of wisdom in Proverbs 8 is the same as in the first few chapters.  We say that in chapter 8 wisdom is used differently.    One

 

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