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Why don't JWs celebrate Thanksgiving

    levicolemagic posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 07:39:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Hello all,

    My first post here. I wrote this little article about why JWs don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Check it out here: http://hubpages.com/hub/What-Jehovahs-Witnesses-Believe

    Let me know what you think of it.

    God Bless

    M kurtbethel posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:09:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    I had a JW tell me that giving thanks to God for blessing us with abundance was a pagan practice.

    zeroday* posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:21:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    OH believe me when I say they DO celebrate Thanksgiving...One thursday in the 4th week of November I'm invited to dinner at a pioneer sisters house with her family and some of the friends from the hall. Well I'm thinking I do have the rest of the week off from work why not...Now I had spurned my worldly families requests to attend thanksgiving dinner for years telling them how it would displease Jehovah to celebrate worldly holidays...

    I arrive at the pioneers house for dinner **did I mention it was on the 4th thursday in November** I walk into the house and what I see but a full on decked out THANKSGIVING dinner, turkey, mashed potatoes cranberry sauce the whole 9 yards...I was stunned and shocked but I did not leave and felt such the fool when I left...

    Nathan Natas posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:26:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    There is only one example in the Bible of Jehovah providing miraculous food, and it was MANNA, not turkeys and green bean casserole.

    Also, in every instance in which turkeys are eaten for Thanksgiving, they have been beheaded.

    The Scriptural Evidence™ is overwhelming!

    levicolemagic posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:38:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Passage Psalm 136:2:
    2 Give thanks to the (A) God of gods,
    For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

    Jesus gave thanks before feeding a large number of people. He gave thanks before break the bread and serving the wine during the last supper. In numerous other places in the bible it says god deserves thanks, regardless of the blessing you are thanking him for.

    Im sure pegan groups did praise their gods for surplus, but by no means does it come strictly from them.

    levicolemagic posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:41:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Nathan Natas

    "There is only one example in the Bible of Jehovah providing miraculous food, and it was MANNA, not turkeys and green bean casserole.

    Also, in every instance in which turkeys are eaten for Thanksgiving, they have been beheaded.

    The Scriptural Evidence™ is overwhelming!"

    Love it, my article could have been so short.

    levicolemagic posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:43:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Truth be told when I was a witness for 17 years. My family would always have a "turkey dinner" the after Thanksgiving.

    The Finger posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:53:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Most did in the congregations I attended, many missing the meetings and alot were elders.

    cyberjesus posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:58:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Jehovites always have a reason to eat turkey

    M ThomasCovenant posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:02:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Put it this way.

    I don't know of any Witnesses in the UK that would have a turkey dinner get together on any day in November. Why not? Is it because no one else here celebrates something called Thanksgiving?

    So why would any Witness in the USA have a turkey dinner get together any time around the 4th Thursday in November? Is it because everyone else there celebrates something called Thanksgiving?

    The Finger posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:03:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    I think they are always soft on the US culture but don't mind treading all over everyone else's.

    inbetween posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:54:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    one explanation I got:

    thanksgiving goes back to the pilgrims in america, where they often killed poor Indians, thats why we dont celebrate it....seriously, that was the only explanation

    almost the same BS as with birthdays, toasting etc....

    cheerios posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:47:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    it's simple .. the indians weren't pyramidologists ... so therefore, they were evil apostates

    God_Delusion posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:51:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Nathan Natas, Manna was not the only food God provided....

    http://www.atheistsweekly.com/2010/10/holy-quail.html

    Heaven posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:01:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    levicolemagic, Welcome to JWN! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

    Your article is good. Kurtbethel is right on the money with the JWs I know. They play the Pagan card with this holiday as with others such as Easter & Christmas. Funny isn't it that they pick and choose which Pagan things to adopt though, like they all wear wedding rings and the men wear neckties which are Pagan. What gets me though is that their main symbol, the Watchtower, is Pagan. They're rather hypocritical in my book.

    designs posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:26:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Secret Turkeys

    Tristram posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:57:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Levi,

    Your #4 reason nails it.

    goldensky posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:37:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Welcome to the board, levicolemagic! I loved your final scripture, Romans 14 - it totally debunks the Society's lame arguments!

    nancy drew posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:16:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    Shortly before leaving the org, I was in a car group and one of the woman asked the group "why is it we don't celebrate thanks giving I forgot". a little old lady sitting next to me in the backseat piped up "it's a pagan holiday" I said "no it's not" the car went silent and every one became nervous and uncomfortable and I thought this is crazy I don't know how much longer I can be a part of this.

    Room 215 posted Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:23:00 GMT(11/19/2010)

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    ... because they get off on saying "no" to something everyone else says "yes" to

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