I posted most of this on another thread but I want this to stand alone so I can refer back to it in the future. One of our resident apologists has given her response on this thread. You can judge the relative worth of her response for yourself.
"By their fruit you will recognize them." Matthew 7:16
What are the fruits we are supposed to recognize? Jesus gave these indications:
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"-Matthew 22:37-39
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."-John 13:35
The most important identifying factors for "true" religion hinge on how persons follow these commands. Individual "imperfection" is irrelevant. Choice in doctrines is secondary, to be considered only after first determining whether the religion follows the law of love.
If doctrine was the important identifying feature of Christ's disciples he would have said something like: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you understand my place in God's organization, eschew holiday celebrations and if you understand correctly what happens to you when you die."
If Jesus was applying that scripture to individuals, it must be applied across the board to individuals in any religion that are personally characterized by the love they show. Or did Jesus mean that we would recognize an organization as being his disciples? The WTS claims the latter. In which case, the scripture must be applied to the organization as a whole.
Most of us here have discovered that the organization as a whole is characterized not by love, but a lack of love. We are not just talking about a handful of individuals who can be petty or cruel, though there is plenty of that. We are talking organizational policies and doctrines carried out on a massive scale that are unloving and unChristlike. We are talking about policies that have caused the torture, rape and deaths of countless innocents, all at the instigation of the WTS.
Some JWs make the assertion of the WTS that "they never cause us harm." That is patently untrue. Take the incident of what happened to the rank and file in Malawi as just one example of the grave harm this organization is responsible for. Take into account the harmful effects of banning organ transplants, blood transfusions and alternative service. See this site for more information.
Witnesses may claim that the policies mentioned above were there to protect us, but consider this: every one of those policies has been changed. Jehovah may be able to resurrect the many that died as a result of these wrong policies, but does he not hold accountable those who cause the deaths of innocent ones? The organization who incorrectly forced millions to adhere to these unscriptural policies through threat of disfellowshipping is blood guilty.
If Jesus meant that love would be the identifying mark of an organization, the WTS has proven beyond doubt that they are NOT it. If this is just stuff that Jehovah intends to fix within the organization some time in the future, of what good is the measurement Jesus gave us (love) for identifying the true religion in the meantime?
If an organization is not characterized by love, as Jesus said they MUST be, it doesn't matter how many other doctrines they get right. Which is more demonstrative of your love for God: conformance to a particular belief of what happens to your soul when you die or loving your neighbor enough to allow him a blood transfusion as a lifesaving treatment? Understanding the exact level of Jesus' divinity or showing love to your fellow by not shunning him when he has questions or doubts? Avoiding a celebration that has past ties to a pagan ritual or making it a priority to protect the children in your midst from abuse?
If the information I posted is incorrect or my reasoning faulty, by all means, point out the particular fallacies. And if you cannot defend this organization against charges of blood guilt and organizational lack of love, then why on earth are you promoting them?