A few years ago, the organization seemed to be drifting towards reason. The Knowledge book downplayed holidays and blood.
Witness kids were told they could go to college. The new Worship book - as a re-edited "United" book - removed all mention of
blood transfusion. You could accept alternative service to the military draft. For a while, moral reform of the Watchtower seemed
to be on track.
Well, No More!
Suddenly, college is being demonized again. The new "What the Bible Really Teaches" book not only brings back the blood issue
in full force, it also re-emphasizes other doctrines that appeared to be fading away ( such as the stake/cross issue). The latest
affront to decency is the Dec. KM , which emphasizes the sacrifice of minor children to the blood transfusion issue. Haven't
they done enough to sacrifice Witness kids - with teenage baptisms, disfellowshipping, denial of college - and now this?
What went wrong?
I think I know. It's the blood transfusion issue.
You could dump some minor doctrines - you could admit that Jesus probably died on a cross, you could downplay the celebration
of holidays and so on - and get away with it, over time. Most Witnesses would adjust, as they have in the past.
You even "downsize" the mighty "FDS" doctrine! - by which the Watchtower claims near Divine inspiration for whatever they
do. This isn't as far fetched as it might seem - eventually, running a "nanny state" can be exhausting and annoying. Some WT leaders
might be willing to abandon the fawning adulation of zombie- like Witnesses, who attempt to lower their collective IQ's to that of
golden retrievers! ( and just enjoy exploiting Watchtower assets).
BUT THEY CAN'T LET GO OF 'BLOOD'!
Isn't it obvious? Lives have been lost over the blood issue - and like any nation, they can't bring themselves to admit
that countless Witness lives were lost for nothing! Instead, they redouble their fanaticism - in the face of declining contributions
and flagging zeal - to uphold the blood transfusion issue. Blood transfusion has bizarrely become a greater sin than adultery or fornication
since you may be "dissassociated" automatically for taking blood, rather than repentance being sought.
The Japanese couldn't pull back from their China invasion ( WW2) because lives were spent. The US couldn't leave Vietnam without
'peace with honor' because lives were spent. The Russians couldn't abandon Afghanistan because lives were spent... and Iraq???
The blood transfusion issue has become the "tail that wags the dog" and now may have become the reason why nothing else
can be changed and no apologies can be granted and no mistakes admitted.
Anything less than their current fanatical "renewal" threatens to expose , to themselves and others, the horrible truth that
they have thrown away innocent lives based on a foolish interpretation of Acts 15. Even admitting that the 'faithful slave' makes
mistakes could be too painful to admit - given that it may expose the whole mistake of banning blood transfusions thereby.
How do they sleep at night? How do they face a mirror and stare at their own faces? Do their heads ever explode?
I guess we'll see.... I really think we're looking at an end game similar to the fall of Communism. They can decay or collapse
but never really change what they are - an anti-intellectual cult run by old men, greedy for control of other's lives - and eternally unwilling
to say, "we were wrong about all of it".