Ever wonder why Jehovah's Witnesses have almost nothing but words instead of love?
Every wonder why JW's praise their Corporate Leaders rather than Jesus?
Every wonder why Faith is only demonstrated by allowing children to die and molesters to escape, or disasters to be welcomed through obstinate demonstrations of loyalty to the Org?
Well read on . . .
1. In Christian theology, kenosis (Greek: κένωσις, kénōsis, lit. emptiness) is the 'self-emptying' of one's own will and becoming entirely receptive to. . . ,<SNIP>
The phrase I snipped out was "God's Divine will." I removed it. For the purposes of this topic, I'll replace that phrase with "Watchtower Organization propaganda."
The ultimate goal of the Watchtower Organization is unity as defined by its Governing Body's current teachings. To comply with this, each JW member must set his own ambitions aside; renounce higher education, personal preferences, talent, and spare time. In effect, every day in the life of a JW is a blank sheet on which the Watchtower writes everything of any consequence.
You've probably never seen the word KENOSIS in any of the Watchtower Society's publications. You aren't likely to. However, everywhere inside this religion you'll find the precept implied, taught and enforced.
If you take a cup filled with water and you empty it out, the cup contains NOTHING. You can fill it with something else.
Theocratic Kenosis is analogous. A Christian can "empty" themselves of their own will. In place of your personal preferences, the teachings of Christ are superimposed.
Standard Christian teaching references Jesus himself as having "emptied himself" or literally becoming 'nothing' in order to comply with his Father's will.
What is Watchtower propaganda?
To understand, we must first contrast it with 'normal' Christian doctrine.
The first Christian organization was the 'universal' or Catholic Church. This body taught that each true believer takes on the nature of God by Kenosis. A life of self-sacrifice, benevolence, or state of grace was most to be desired. Only human (fleshly) nature got in the way. By confessing one's sins, and partaking of the 'body' and 'blood' of Christ (a miracle of substitution in Communion) the fleshly was replaced by the spiritual in the act of literally EATING and SWALLOWING.
In subsequent Protestantism, a perfecting of mankind was seen to be one's goal, creating heaven on Earth as a "shining City on a hill." Why? The rest of the world (non-Christian) would be drawn by perfectionism and seek to emulate it. Ultimately, the world would convert and Christ would return and rule.
Jehovah's Witnesses are ruled by 144,000 kings and priests and one High Priest, Jesus. For the rank and file, non-anointed, there is no 'state of grace' but rather a state of day to day, moment to moment PROBATION. Each second of life is a walk across a tightrope with the yawning abyss of eternal death beneath.
In all of Christianity a condition of INEVITABILITY exists. No Christian anywhere disagrees that the return of Jesus and the judgment of mankind is INEVITABLE. The only real discord consists of particulars such as which events come at what time, and who receives what reward / punishment.
What sets Watchtower propaganda apart is the dividing off of mankind into a "Great Crowd' of Christians entirely beholden--NOT TO CHRIST--but to the Organizational Governing Body as its mediator.
Peculiarly, the Great Crowd prays in the 'name of Jesus' while referring to and identifying themselves--not with JESUS, but with JEHOVAH. This schizo personality scheme is totally at odds both with traditional scripture, and historic Christianity.
By insisting on KENOSIS and unity, yet refusing to share the renewal of the Memorial communion commanded by Christ, what DISASTROUS result can be discovered?
Every person who is baptized into Christian 'emptiness' in the name of Organization as an 'other' sheeplike Great Crowd member, remains empty. That emptiness is ONLY FILLED by ---NOT CHARITY--but indoctrination into door-to-door sales work, conversion methodology, and cloning of more empty vessals.
All the world's Christians seek Holy Spirit while JW's have only an abstract 'active force' at work in their lives.
All the world's Christians see the fruits of God's spirit as Charity, love of enemy, acts of faith, and the embrace of brotherhood without reservation.
JW's create statistics, praise their Corporate proliferation, and shun any who disagree.
Is it any surprise how EMPTY the KENOSIS really is?
It is revealed best by the act of DISFELLOWSHIP, when all the spiritual 'brothers and sisters' refuse to pray for an excluded member, and turn their back on them, addressing them often as 'mental' and 'diseased.'
Now watch this!
The stray 'sheep' becomes a lost sheep even to their own self. They find it nearly impossible to seek refuge among mainstream Christianity because the WELL HAS BEEN POISONED.
The Church, the Cross, the language of Christianity has been poisoned for the JW.
It is totally corrupted, impossible to embrace.
HOW EMPTY is the person whose ORGANIZATION has departed leaving only fear and loathing to fill the emptiness?
An EX-JW does not really have a connection to traditional Jesus Christ. That was emptied out.
Is it any surprise the craving to fill the emptiness is impossible to fill unless that lost soul returns to the Organization?
What is the alternative?
Atheism, Agnosticism, hedonism, addiction, amorphous 'spirituality' are the usual destinations.
Just as the Romans removed every stone from the Jerusalem Temple leaving the Jews without any possible ritual sacrifice--so too, the Watchtower Organization removes every trace of spirituality, Christianity, tradition, celebration or numinous reverence from the JW, leaving only EMPTINESS (Kenosis.)
The shape of the empty hole is Watchtower Propaganda. It is the only puzzle piece which fits.
Few are the persons who can escape from the legacy of emptiness and who can replace the Organization with anything similar to worship ritual.
KENOSIS is a black hole of the soul.
You can 'thank' the Watchtower for a job well done.