The only thing that I wonder about though is this, do you believe that they (GB) actually intentionally manipulate people to this degree? The reason I ask is it’s very hard to fathom that they are this intelligent and shrewd to influence people too this level.
I don't disagree with this, in fact, when I first left, I somewhat believed this. However, there are a few things to note about the GB....
They (Gov Body 2.0, the new version) KNOW, they absolutely know, that the date of 1914 is false. They inherited this mess. Yet, they still teach it.
Members such as Sam Herd, Gerrit Losch, for example, make comments frequently at Bethel that "some teachings need updating or changing". Yet, without a majority, they continue to preach it as gospel truth, and if you don't agree, you're out.
I don't know if you have read Crisis of Conscience and In Search of Christian Freedom by Ray Franz, but his points an eyewitness observations about the insidiousness of this group sure rang true with me.
I would disagree about one thing, they are as shrewed as shrewed cult leaderships get.
I am going to assume that these men are actually sincere and do believe what they preach and they themselves are so brainwashed with delusions of grandeur that they are no longer able to distinguish truth and reality. Psychologically speaking this is pretty scary stuff.
I can respect that. I go back and forth all the time about how much they believe it. If they change too much, they lose their core. If they don't change enough, they will have this slow leak of late become a gaping hole. They are damned if they do, damned if they don't, and lately, I personally do believe that while they are sincere in the idea that they help others worship their version of god, they are also a bit cynical about the effects of their teachings......
This will be the last I can post till after work, but I look forward to discussing this further....