is it just me or do jw elders seem to parallel the pharisses of christs day? certainly, the excessive laws (written and oral), are a heavy burden for all jws, impossible to keep, leading to feelings of guilt. the elders enforce these laws , and, just like the pharisees of christs day, render these laws as having greater importance than mercy/love. some of these men are very religious in terms of observing law but have very little spirituality in terms of christian love. in other words, just as jesus said, outwardly they look like whitewashed graves. inside though there are just dead mens bones. is this a harsh opinion....do you think these similarities are real?
You are partly correct. Where your comparison is a little off is that the JW Elders do not in any way create, parse out, or determine the rules that JWs live by. Sometimes they will over-apply the rules, but the bulk of responsibility, at least 99% falls on he Governing Body and their research and suppport staff. Pharisees, on the other hand, had some authority to interpret and develop rules.
Where you are mainly correct is in the application of rules over love and mercy. These are carried out in many ways worse than the Pharisees rules and interpretations. The entire Watchtower system is corrupt from top to bottom, side to side, and end to end. Only when individuals wake up and leave it that the corruption stops harming their personal lives. The Watchtower system is an example of exactly what Jesus was telling his followers NOT to do. In a way, they serve a purpose in reminding us of what is the epitomy of false Christianity, so that true, genuine Christianity can stand out and been seen for what it is. Love, mercy, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness can truly be exhibited and grow in the hearts of individuals through the Holy Spirit ... just as Christ intended.