I hold in my hand a typical Awake magazine (Jan. 8, 2005) - entitled "Can Planet Earth Be
Saved?". Of course, it trots out the usual formula of half truths that has brought the Watchtower
Society so much success in prophesying imminent doom - across 120 years!
Never mind the success of antipollution programs, never mind the huge increase in forestation
in the US brought on by industrialization ( which returned huge farming areas to nature),
never mind that Canada may have 400 years worth of oil sands and thereby what could be
the second largest reserves in the world, .... I could go on and on .. but wait! the Awake
is building to a climax!!!!!
Can Earth Be Saved? Well, the article concludes:
"Under God's direction, the earth will also be cleansed of pollution and mankind will learn
how to live in total harmony with the environment. How can we be sure of that?
The Bible says that the earth "will not be made to totter to time indefinite or forever"
(Psalm 104:5)." (pg. 11)
This is in a realm beyond dumb, isn't it? The "guarantee" says that the earth might exist
for an indefinite period of time - or it might last forever. The so-called "guarantee" in the
New World Translation doesn't exist because they have stuck "time indefinite" into every
text that speaks about the earth's ultimate fate! THERE IS NO GUARANTEE!
And while we're talking about DUMB, let's consider the brief article on page 29
called "Church Doors Closing". While you are considering this negative report about
some Catholic churches in the US, you might want to know that Jehovah's Witnesses
in Japan shut down 639 congregations there between 1999 and 2004. ( see yearbooks)
Does that rafter in your eye ever feel sore, Brother Awake Editor?