Isn't it interesting that JW's love to extole individuals who question the Catholic church in it's hellfire teachings. One of the favorite illustrations of JWs, is to ask a Bible Study: "Would a loving parent hold their child's hand on a hot stove?" Of course, the person will often say no. Yet, when a person asks how the All-Loving, All-Merciful God could slaughter untold numbers of children and babies at Armagheddon just because their parents didn't become a JW, they are told: "Well, hey; their parents had a chance to heed the message didn't they?"
jwfacts, I'm glad you brought this subject up. In my opinion, this is the number one most disgusting doctrine that the JWs have come up with. In fact, it was the biggest factor that lead me to seriously question the organization. This was an issue that I suppressed for most of my life. ( I was born a JW ) I had never really given it much thought. I "stuffed it away" into the back of my mind as I did with so many of the other Watchtower teachings. As I began to become more and more informed in adulthood, and began to get to know many "worldly" people, I began to realize that there are an untold number of people out there who are beautiful people. Yes, they are imperfect just like everyone; but they are truly peaceful, loving, and compassionate people. The fact that they would be slaughtered in a horrible fashion ( as illustrated in WT publication artwork) just because they didn't see things quite like JWs did, just began to seem so irrational. When the December 1, 2005 Watchtower article described non JWs at Armageddon as "pests" being exterminated by God; I was truly sickened. I couldn't believe that true followers of Jesus would write something so sociopathic.
I have come to believe that there is probably at least a little bit of demonic influence in some of the things the WT society is teaching people. If the devil wanted to blasphem God by inventing the teaching that God burns people in hell; then logic also tells me that the same devil would also propogate a lie that God is a giant killing machine that will slaughter 99% of humanity with fireballs and hale stones.