Maybe I'm a little cynical, but what difference does it make? I mean, even if they drank LEMON ADE! The result was the same, wasn't it? Was it sweetened or unsweetened? (Who cares?) The point is, they drank poison for their divinely inspired leader.....or so they thought he was divinely inspired.
I am not a JW and never have been. The reason: They won't clearly and honestly answer my questions. That has been MY experience.
I believe that the majority of Jehovah's Witnesses are very intelligent people. VERY INTELLIGENT! And I believe that thier leaders have appealed to their intelligence and their quest for knowledge. Have you ever noticed that almost all of the WTS books repeat the same exact things over and over again? They want you to learn certain doctrines above anything else. And they do not want you to do any research from resources other than what they supply you with. It appears to be like this: "We already studied that, here's your answer, trust US, or you are doubting Jehovah." When I get a doubt in my mind about something, I go to the Scriptures and I study and pray and find the answer. I don't doubt Jehovah. But I do doubt what other people tell me is Jehovah's will according to them. People make mistakes. Jehovah does not.
Here is a for instance:
The Blood Doctrine.
Acts 15:28-29 Abstaining from blood. If you read the entire context of Acts 15, this is dealing with fellowship between Jewish and Gentile Christians, right? So they narrow it down to "don't do these things" because they are highly offensive to the Jewish Christians and they might fall away as a result. If a Jewish person has always butchered meat kosher style and feels that it has to be bled, and some Gentile brings in a goat he just strangled and expects the Jews to dine with him, that could create a rift. I can see that. I don't think circumcision would be quite as noticeable, on the other hand, for obvious reasons. So that wouldn't be necessary. But WHERE, please show me, does it say anywhere in Acts 15 that you will lose your eternal life if you eat blood? Acts 15:7-11 - How are we saved?
You see, this blood thing is a big red flag for me. And I have not met a JW yet who will give me straight answers to my questions. They try to drag me into another area. Change the subject. Have me looking up a zillion verses that don't even apply to blood at all. If just ONE JW would truthfully and clearly answer my questions on this issue, or admit that they just cannot, I would respect that. But all I get is a big bunch of jumping around from this to that. I want to discuss the blood! That costs lives. Will I let my child die, because some group of guys who claim to be divinely inspired, decided that a blood transfusion is not allowable? Didn't they forbid vaccinations and organ transplants? But now it is okay? Did the Bible change, or did THEY change their perception? Can you see why this is a concern to me?
The Jonestown Massacre may seem like a harsh comparison, but when you consider the people who have died for lack of a blood transfusion, or even in the past--people who died because they didn't get vaccinated or an organ transplant---because their leaders have taught them that it is wrong and that Jehovah will annihilate them if they do......
I've looked up nearly every Scripture that has the word BLOOD in it, and nowhere does it say that you will lose your eternal life if you get a blood transfusion. That is where I am at. If you can clear up my questions, then you may win a convert here. Otherwise, I am stuck thinking that this practice is unBiblical and dangerous.