Do they use Jehovah's name repeatedly because it's their name?

by WalkTall 14 Replies latest jw friends

  • Terra Incognita
    Terra Incognita

    Walk Tall:

    ". . . it is used so often, not because we need to use his name, but because it is the name associated with their organization. It is their name really. Could that be why it's used so often?"

    Walk Tall; that is an excellent observation.

    I thought of the same thing myself. One of the ways I thought about it, metaphorically, was that the name was nothing but the equivalent of a patriotic flag symbolizing their organization.

    Another way I described it had to do with how the brain registers information. It was the phrase "Jehovah's organization" and how the Witnesses automatically equate it with Jehovah himself. I remember reading in one of Franz books about a brother who was leaving the organization and was told by another brother, "Don't leave Jehovah!" No matter how often he was told the difference between Jehovah and the organization, he just couldn't make the distinction between the two. In my opinion, this has to do with the fact that Witnesses have the phrase "Jehovah's organization" repeated so often throughout their lives that the two words are probably located together in the same region of the brain. This would be even more likely if the Witness were raised in the religion during their formative years.

    This would suggest that, in their minds, the words "Jehovah" and "organization" are synonymous; like the words crap and shit are.

    Jehovah = Organization = Jehovah = Organization = Jehovah = Organization = Jehovah = Organization = . . .

  • itsacult2

    In the long version of "against the wind".....Bob Seger says "against the wind" 53 times.

  • talesin

    lol @ NN

    oh no! the comment about prayer pushed a button, got the song in my head now ...

    we thaaaannkkk you , jehovah, each day and each nite .....

    ugggh,,, after 35 years, WHY WHY WHY IS IT STILL IN MY HEAD?

    okay,,, just turned on some Frankenstein Drag Queen ........... aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!


  • Palimpsest

    In addition to what others said, they need something to make themselves distinctive from other NRMs. Key words, teachings, and practices are essential for doing that. If they don't have their own cant, they're just another bunch of fundies.

  • Little Imp
    Little Imp

    When I first started attending it was very obvious how they overused his name. When talking to someone normally we don't say their name that often it always seemed strange. I once wondered whether it made one feel more holy the more often it was said.

    Another thing I found odd was that they say "Jehovah God" it is like saying "John Person" or "John Man", again sounded odd to me.

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