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Magazines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, two Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my house. At first the visits weren’t welcomed because that’s the day I try to take care of a lot of my outstanding “stuff,” so I hardly have time to talk.

But one of the young women is nice, and it’s a pleasure to listen to her. In addition, I prefer being courteous and not behaving like many people in our neighborhood, those who refuse to let them come in and virtually slam the door in their faces.

I can’t deny the fact that I have no interest in becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, though I note that with their periodic visits they’re trying to make me believe that in this religion rests the happiness of all human beings.

Every Sunday they give me a copy of the magazine Despertad! (Awake!). In it appear interesting articles and questions such as: “Why are governments important for changing the world?” and “Will our world change someday.” There’s a list where they detail what they would like to change:

– Hunger
– War
– Diseases
– Crimes
– Prejudice
– Pollution
– Injustice
– Poverty

Personally, I would change everything on that list for the good of humanity. But I don’t have to be a Jehovah’s Witness or profess any religion in order to do that. One simply has to be a human being and realize what’s right and what’s wrong.

With the passage of time, I’ve come to the realization that if all of us were as descent, communicative and truly human as those two young women, our lives might change for the better.

But it’s evident that in this day and age there are few people here in Cuba interested in changing anything, so they prefer to close doors and bite their tongues.

I’ll ask one question: Has anything changed or is something really changing in today’s Cuba?


39 thoughts on “Cuba: A Visit from Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • i have just come across this web site so my comments will no doubt seem late i would like to comment on those who bring up the”1975” date being the end. this all started when fredrick franz was still alive . he was the watchtower prime spokesman. in one of there books they were discussing how by the year ”1975′ would be according to bible math ,would be the passing of seven thousand years of mankind being on earth and wouldn’t it be great if jehovah would bring about the new order of things ,thats all ! just speculating, and then he said , now don’t all of you go out and say the end is ”coming” in 1975 ! sad to say they did not listen to him and started this fire storm. in the 1976 june addition of the watchtower they spoke out against this error but the enemies of the jeh. witnesses went wild with themselves to make the witnesses look nuts. so there.

  • among the risks of taking blood is getting aids ,or have you all forgetting this? with the new trend of gay marriage accepted by some, and made law by the ”supreme court of the u,s, what a wonderful life you all might have ,so go ahead ! you are right about my repeating this comment sorry. true there are scandals that have come to light, but sad to say these things seem to happen in all human organizations.the catholic church and there altar boy sex abuses or did you ignore it during your finger pointing???

  • You are correct in our view of the symbolic value of blood and its inherent importance, but there are two other highly significant aspects as well.
    1) The high value placed on blood allows us to appreciate much more deeply the exceeding value of Christ’s own blood (allowing it to be commoditized as medicine or anything else would directly work against helping humans understand this). The Bible teaches that Christ’s ransom sacrifice is the basis for God’s forgiveness of sins (which allows us to have a personal relationship with God), buys back perfect, everlating life (Rom 3:24&25 (which Adam lost Ro 5:12) and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that perfect humans can remain faithful to God despite attacks and the threat of death (Job 2:4).
    2) Jehovah God, as our Creator has the absolute unmitigated right to determine how we are to use the lives that he has blessed us with, including placing a prohibition on ingesting or infusing blood. (Rev 4:11) This prohibition is mentioned in 3 areas in the Bible: Pre- Mosaic Law at Gen 9:4, In the Mosaic Law at Lev 17:10 and Post Mosaic Law at Act 15:20. His position on this subject is clear.
    1 John 5:3 says, “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome.” If we profess to love God then obedience is how we show it. Yes, in some cases it may mean our lives in this system of things, but we have our hope of a resurrection that gives us comfort (Acts 24:15) and a loving Almighty God that gives us courage to face it all(Heb 13:6). We also have the marvels of modern medicine that proves bloodless patients have higher survival rates and get superior care than those who receive blood. I’ll take it! We love life and will do all we can within reason to preserves it drawing the line at anything that will harm our relationship with our God. I hope this helps you and others to have a better understanding of our Bible-based stand.

  • Blood transfusions are necessary to distribute oxygen throughout the body to prevent the cells from dying but only in times of severe blood loss. Unfortunately, blood loses most of its ability to do this within 24hrs of extraction and most blood donated is stored for longer than that before use making it effectively useless at serving the purpose it is claimed to be used for. Artificial (non-blood) carriers are much better at serving this function. Add to that that blood donated often causes liver failure (which results in death a few years or even months later due to the body rejecting the foreign genetic code in the alien blood).

    This being so, was Jehovah wrong to advise his people to stay away from blood? Scientifically, it seems not. Strange that he should take that position when all others were glorifying its use – but then consider, were the others interested in promoting life or abusing it? Judging by their works, it seems certainly not.

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