1976 Good News to make you happy--PDF! Bookmarked Searchable Reduced This book shows its age, but I think it will be alright for some research or quote purposes. Front cover? Click here: http://www.badongo.com/pic/6825585?size=original Click the link at the bottom of the next page. http://www.sendspace.com/file/c5wnaj Review for new ones: If you are new to the board and wonder why these materials are being scanned, let us assure you, they are not being scanned to "promote" Watchtower doctrines. These materials are being scanned for researchers all over the world to verify accuracy according to the scriptures. Does the Watchtower teach and practice according to the Bible? You must be the judge according to your research. In order to do your research though, you may need a copy of that certain book, magazine, brochure, tract, or document that can be the deciding factor. We are trying to help you find it! Cheers! Atlantis!
1976 Good News to make you happy--PDF!
I remember when this came out. This was one of the first books that represented the new Writing Committee of the Governing Body that started functioning on January 1, 1976. Many of us felt this was produced by W. Lloyd Barry who had worked in Japan for many years before coming to Brooklyn. The idea was to present the teachings of JWs without first contradicting traditional Christian teachings.
Yes, we remember very well when this book was published and fresh literature for placing. No doubt, the Watchtower wanted to change the subject to something to make JW's happy, because of the great disappointment of the previous year of 1975.
I was a kid then and tried to read it, but I didn't come upon any happifying thing in it. I also read the Happiness book, but there again, I couldn't find anything special enough to make me happy. I was looking for soul stirring words that would move me but there weren't any. I thought then that the title was misleading. I guess I was about 10 at the time.
I thought then that the title was misleading.
I agree! The word "misleading" certainly applies to Watchtower literature.
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Hi, Mr. Atlantis.
Thank you always.
I got it.
I'll comment about this book later.
Especially, about the "manipulation of information" in p.101, paragraph 10.
First, I quote that part.
*** gh chap. 11 p. 101 par. 10 God Does Not Torment Souls ***
Nor would such a loving God approve of the eternal torment of souls according to the sutra of the “Lotus of Truth” of Nichiren Buddhism in Japan. This sutra states in its concluding chapter 28:
“He who scoffs at the devotee of this sutra shall in every existence have his teeth broken and separated, his lips shall be ugly, his nose flat, his feet and hands contorted, his eyes squinting, his body disgusting; he shall have ulcers, pus, and blood shall come from his body, his belly shall swell up with water, he shall be short of breath and suffer from all kinds of malignant and serious diseases. Therefore, if one should see—even from afar—a man who is keeping this sutra, one should rise and show him the same reverence as the Buddha.”
Surely it would not be right to afflict even a scoffer in that way! It would be most unloving to heap such everlasting misery on him. In any case, as the Bible shows, the souls of sinners do not survive the death of the body to be tortured in other existences. Those souls “die.”—Ezekiel 18:4.
The greatest Buddhism in Japan is the Nichiren Buddhism.
So, possibly he (Lloyd Barry) wanted to attack it.
But in substance, Jehovah's Witnesses are "fundamentalists."
So, they read the sutras "literally" like the Bible.
And they attacked the Nichiren Buddhism and its sutra.
But Nichiren did not teach such a foolish thing. (Nichiren is a Japanese Buddhist in the 13th century.)
He stated like this 700 years ago.
"There is no Pure Land or Hell outside of ourselves.
They only exist within our own breasts .
One enlightened to this is called a Buddha.
One deluded about this is called a common mortal."
("Ueno Dono Gokeama Gohenji" ("A Reply to the Widow of Lord Ueno"))
The Watch Tower society deceives people always.
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Good news to make you happy? Just the date is enough to tell me that something is wrong--after the "good news" that Armageddon was coming in 1975, they needed more "good news" to get people to continue with the scam.