Prodigal Son DVD, Seen it? Totally Unrealistic to me. You?

by Wasanelder Once 37 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once

    Here's the basic rundown:

    Ok so little JW (21 going on 15) decides to get a job with a computer firm. Leaves family construction company to do so. In time moves out to live with a "Spiritual Loser" and a worldly guy. Little JW's older brother berates and cajoles him for his weakness. The mother is freekin Edith Bunker, airhead and slave to Brother Archie milktoast in this version. Little JW goes to a party with JW Spiritual Loser and they drink too much. Loser drives the car, runs a red light and then speeds away from the cop trying to pull him over. He smahes the car, both are arrested, then little JW is released. He has no one to pick him up and ends up at his worldly roommate's girlfriends place. A little wine, a little coziness, then its fade to black, he gets some action and ends up on the street weeping all night. Comes home, open arms. Boo hoo Jehovah forgive me, I done got sexy.

    Ok is it just me or how many times does a person's room mate get drunk, run from the cops and wreck the car with the owner in it? Ok it may have happened I'm sure, but it this the norm? Isn't it the warped view of some very disturbed religious zeaots? Hell I"m in my fifties and have never met anyone this has happened to. I never had a girl try to bed me so quickly as this blonde he was with. The GB has a warped view of the world. They dont realize that as many good JW girls would do that as there are "worldy" girls.

    Did you see this epic? if so please comment!

  • BluesBrother

    The GB has a warped view of the world

    You can say that again.....or at least, they cultivate a warped view of the world among the faithful flock. Actually it is a pessimists paradise. If you distrust everybody and expect the worst you can always feel vindicated when you read a story in the press about the once in a million times that it happens.

  • problemaddict

    Haven't seen it. Everyone I know that does see it says it makes them cry. I am sure it will, just maybe not for the reason they think.

  • jw07

    Wasn't there a drama like that about 3 or 4 years ago? Minus the him getting action part. Brothers were in the stadium weeping like they just saw a brutal gladitorial match at a colosseum.

  • BU2B

    How dare they make a Drama about the prodigal son! The parable is the opposite of DFing and the actual heartless WT policy

  • J. Hofer
    J. Hofer

    haven't seen the video, but yeah that was a drama from a few years ago. terrible message but well done propaganda-wise, at least for the sheeples. i know it turned off quite some "interested ones".

  • Robert7

    This is exactly the image they are trying to portray. If you leave the truth, you go crazy and your life falls apart. When you return to the truth, your life is great again. This message is nothing new, I've heard it in many talks, it's just portrayed more dramatically.

    The mental conditioning and fear works. As a JW I remember not being able to fathom what it would be like leaving. It makes adjusting to the real world much more difficult, but eventually we all realize it's not such a scary place out there...

  • jw07

    @Robert7: The thing about leaving is that all the evil associated with leaving comes from JWs themselves. I've been mentally out for a good while now. I'm sure many on here are, or have been in my position. Everything is peachy with my friends and family. However, if I were to make one call to one of my 'best friends', telling them that it's a cult and I've woken up to the mind control, within an hour my life would change! They would begin the gossip and smear campaign, and if one of them saw me on the street they would avoid me like a leper.

    If one wakes up and lives for the next 80 years going through all the motions it would not bar them from the love-bombing, there would be no reason to express the extremist hate that disfellowshipped persons are shown.


    Still waiting for one Drama, just one, about Jesus from his faithful brothers. You would think that in the last 100 years they could do something.. They are the most spiritually gifted collection of men in all of human history after all. Even better than Jesus' own 12 disciples.

    I remember the Drama.. Of course people cried, their lives have been hi-jacked by the GB. They just didn't know why they were so sad. I'll watch this blockbuster tonight. I wonder if it has been released to counter the independent film released not too long ago about DF'ing. The GB don't do anything without an agenda.

  • sir82

    You're going to have a long wait if you are expecting the words "realistic" and "Watchtower drama" to ever be used in the same sentence.

  • sosoconfused

    If I remember at our district when they announced the drama, before it started they said that it would "pull at your heart strings and produce great emotion." So no doubt the people cried. How can you really be moved watching horrible overacted hand waving from 1000 feet away with babies crying and people sleeping and walking around?

    It reminds me of those videos of people in North Korea who were crying uncontrollable and so sad that when their oppressive leader died. Of course, they were sad... because they were told they would be


    Just watchted it with the family. I cracked jokes through the whole thing. Everyone laughed. My wife said ," That wife looks like Edith Bunker." LOL!! When the mom and dad were singing Kingdom Melodies in the kitchen I whispered to my kid, " Those people are insane." More laughter.. In real life that guy would have been DF'd for sure. The Borg are really pimping themselves.

    Honestly it screamed cult. It was like a Mormon after-school special.

  • Julia Orwell
    Julia Orwell

    Haven't seen it but can imagine it. Really, the world is not that bad. I work with teenagers and the majority of them are nice kids who are sensible and decent. There's always gonna be idiots who drink and drive and mangle their cars(I've known ones who've done it), but all this crap about ending up on the street and some girl meeting you and taking you straight to bed is very unrealistic. Unless she gave him a bill when she was done.


    I would love for a non-jw to watch it. It would nice to get an outsiders perspective. I think it showed the mental imbalance and warped view of JW's. I don't think they meant for that to happen. There is nothing wrong with a real job. There is nothing wrong with moving to the city. According to the scriptures, there is nothing wrong with marrying a non-JW Christian. So why can't you date one?

    There is nothing wrong with having room-mates. Or having a dirty/messy room. So your room-mates have a party, so what? Have a beer, or don't. Go in your room, lock the door, put on headphones and sleep. That's life. No one makes you party with them. If that kid was allowed to have a somewhat normal existence, without the WTBTS control, then he probably could have handled the pressure. Really, that's the point of the WTBTS control, isn't it? Many who leave can't handle the real world. They come back as an example of what happens to straying sheeple. This reinforces the myths that the GB teach.

    They love the worst-case scenario that happens now and then. Then they can say, " We told you so. Come back to Jehovah. "

  • Listener

    Ah yes, that old saying 'I told you so'. I ws also told that it was in very bad manners to make a point of this and it served no one any benefit other than making yourself look puffed up.

  • yourmomma

    i remember this drama, it really struck me that they acted like JW's who played video games were evil. and also how moving out of your house to live with another JW was bad, and that getting a job outside of the family buisness was bad. and the thing that was really insane was when the child left the house, the mother lamented that this was like "death!". He was NOT DF'd!! He simply got a JOB, and moved in with a brother!!!! My jaw dropped as this was so over the top insane that this is simply not the same religion i was a part of. they have gone way over the deep end. and i do wonder if they are going to have a jim jones moment as some point.

  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    yea all my "worldly" friends love to drive drunk, crash, and run from the police.

  • nonjwspouse

    A very interesting point was made on

    The prodigal son was welcomed back no questions asked, immediatly, even before he got home. The other brother who was the "good" son was jealous and pious. He actually resembles the pharasiees, obeying all the rules and getting bent out of shape when the "lawless" one is treated more special than he is. What happens with this "good" son? The jealous, bent out of shape, following the rules to the letter one?

  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    yea non jw, it's a good point, and one that should actually be a case against the dubs. Son comes back, Dad is thrilled and receives him, Jealous son who is concerened about rules and regulations is bitter and voices his disapproval. Who do the dubs resemble?


    Nice point Yourmomma,

    He was considered spiritually dead, not because he was df'd, but because he was not keeping an insane WTBTS sanctioned " spiritual routine."

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