Among Jehovah's Witnesses self-sacrifice is a price everybody is expected to pay.
Members of this religious group are told they are being watched by the world as a public spectacle in an ancient Roman coliseum.
All sorts of sacrifices must be transacted to convince Jehovah of their sincerety and to titillate the worldly people with spectacular acts of faith.
JW's give up the best secular education and the highest-paying careers. It is a sacrifice.
JW's have been urged to give up marriage and child-rearing to devote time to door to door evangelizing work. It is a sacrifice.
JW's have been pressured to refuse military and alternative service and accept imprisonment instead. It is a sacrifice.
JW's sacrifice everything from free time to their own children's lives at the instructions given by Governing Body authority.
What is this? What's this all about? What does sacrifice have to do with life in a Modern Society?
Religious sacrifice amounts to a bribe at worst and a quid pro quo transaction at best. Tit for Tat.
Aren't we, in effect, saying to the deity: "I'll give you this.....so that I can get....this" ?
God is self-sufficient!
Why would God NEED anything or rejoice in seeing lesser beings LOSE what little they have?
How does Jehovah GAIN from our LOSS?
Two issues arise at this point:
Is God really demanding sacrifice to prove something "unknown" until it is done?
Or, isn't it a Group or Authority claiming to speak on God's behalf that is making counterfeit demands?
Where should the line be drawn between what is required by the group of the individual?
How do we determine when the price being paid is an outrageous one?
This is the decision which is the dirty little secret of Jehovah's Witnesses.
If a child is molested a family may have to sacrifice justice by remaining quiet.
If a child is dying and needs blood the family may have to allow them to die.
In effect, the family is required to offer the child up! The decision is made FOR the child to experience death.
The only way to fight bad ideas is by driving them out with better ideas.
I cringe when I think of what I use to say concerning my belief system. I'd say quickly, "I'd die for my faith."
A better idea is to LIVE for your faith and do something positive.
The intellectually dead, such as suicide bombers, are driven by an ideology which rewards self-sacrifice and extols death as the supreme virtue.
As long as there are willing and unwitting victims for sacrifice, what despot or elite will refrain from using them cynically?
Doesn't all of this originate in the most primitive history of human beings? Isn't it a pre-intellect decision by uneducated groups to bribe a tribal deity??
"We need our crops to flourish so we'll cut a virgin's throat and burn her for you God!"
How is that substantially different from:
"We need to demonstrate to non-believer's that Jehovah's Witnesses are people of faith--so, let your child die by denying medical intervention."
How could an all powerful eternal deity be so insecure as to actually demand that inconsequential underlings lose their life to further His "interests"?
Isn't it all a fraud perpetrated by insidious self-appointed representatives?
What is your opinion on Self-sacrifice and the sacrifice of others to prove Faith?