The following is from a post at W.O.L.
Identifying counterfiet christianity
Before becoming an interpreter I worked in a bank. Part of our training included how to identify counterfiet bills. This training did not focus on explaning all the features that might be found on the phony money. Instead we were taught to examine real money very carefully. To get to know the look and feel of the currency so well that when presented with counterfiet money we would easily be able to recognize that it was not legal tender. This well illustrates how foolish it is to waste time trying to familiarize ourselves with apostate literature or web-sites perhaps in some effort to better defend our faith. We will find it much more helpful to make a careful examination of the truth, getting to know its look and feel so well that any false ideas can be easily identified.
I recall once hearing about some Brothers at Bethel discussing the pros and cons of reading opposing literature. As the story goes, Br Fred Franz was there. They asked him what he thought, and he reportedly said: "Why listen to a liar?"
I agree with you sigingsis. With all the beautiful informative material that Jehovah's Organization provides how could one possibly have the time to read the rubbish of the opostates or the confused world has to offer. Give me the Truth every time.
Signingsis, that is an excellent illustration. Shows the need to do our personal study more diligently and deeply so we know the real feel of the truth. I like the way you explained that.
Thanks for sharing that.
This seems to illustrate some common aspects of JW's: a closed mind, a lack of independent thinking, isolation from any information or ideas not sanctioned bt the WT.
It occurs to me that Jesus was born, raised, and baptised in the Jewish faith, yet His teachings were very different from the prevailing Jewish beliefs. In a word, He was an apostate! Jesus's followers were open-minded, independent thinkers. They listened openly and actively sought out information which differed from their own religious standards. If everyone back then had adopted a JW mindset, we wouldn't have a New Testament and nobody would know about a guy named "Jesus".
If Jesus appeared tomorrow, would a JW even bother to listen to Him? How many members of the GB would call him "liar"?
ps. Apostle: from the Greek "to send away from"
Apostacy: from the Greek "to move away from"