I find it ironic that the pharasaical JWs like to invoke the "principles" of the mosaic law in many areas. One of these areas is tatoos. Tattoos are prohibited under the mosaic law, and are strongly discouraged by the WT. Ironically the verse before forbids the shaving of the beard. If JWs really were consistent they would require beards, not forbid them. Also one could argue that shaving is pagan. Did the Israelites shave? Did the early Christians? Why in a religion so hung up on pagan origins of anything and everything do they endorse the pagan roman and Greek custom of shaving?
New Article on BEARDS and Attire of Jehovah's Witnesses
So stupid.... Thanks for the Rutherford beard-hating quote Blondi! It's a good thing for Bethelites that Rutherford didn't hate booze.
BU2B - I like your reasoning:
(Le 19:27, 28) 27 “‘YOU must not cut YOUR sidelocks short around, and you must not destroy the extremity of your beard. 28 “‘And YOU must not make cuts in YOUR flesh for a deceased soul, and YOU must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves. I am Jehovah.
Ironically the verse before forbids the shaving of the beard.-BU2B
Well spotted good one lol. Kate xx
Too funny, their obsession with appearance even shows up in their silly new world illustrations.
Here is something to think about - if everyone who has ever lived is resurrected in the new order, and has to shave their beards, who makes the razors and shaving cream????
I mean we are talking 25 billion men, if the estimate of 50 billion humans total is correct.
And now there is no Gillette to manufacture razors?
Also one could argue that shaving is pagan. Did the Israelites shave? Did the early Christians? Why in a religion so hung up on pagan origins of anything and everything do they endorse the pagan roman and Greek custom of shaving?
Because.....as we now know, the Jehovah Witness religion is a man made leader CULT.
Aren't dubs encouraged to follow the example of the 1st century Christian Congregation? (maybe only when convenient to GB dogma?)
Often dubs are reminded of the 'men' that are prominent in this Christian cult called WTBTS. Jesus Christ in the 1st century got things started and CT Russell in modern times revived the work. What is one very prominent feature that these two 'men' have in common? Hint! A beard.
"I want, not unity, but uniformity". so sayeth the GB
Come on folks, what an incredible over-reaction! You need to know that in fact, brothers are allowed beards - provided they are not visible. On the question of sisters with beards - these are not so much frowned upon as they are directed to the nearest traveling circus of the weird and wonderful. Many an odd JW sister has successfully escaped the clutches of the beard-hating organization by taking up a new career complete with permed beard. It would not be every sister's choice for exiting the organization, but hey, it works.
......and don't forget men you guys with hairy backs, this too is known to stumble both men and woman alike.
If I am not mistaken the Proclaimers book has a man from India, maybe an elder or missionary with a beard, just for reference. I think the JW dress code is actually a form of "special garb" as the JW "rank and file" laity forms beneath the organizational "clergy" all under the Governing Body papal collective Pope, ruling from the neo-Vatican Bethel. Thus many things about the transformed JW system of "Christanity", like it's uniform visual significance to the group, is actually part of a secular style corporate competition complex, more like a business with status symbols, super-stars, slackers and ego boosters merely disguised under a veneer clothed in a ministry and using various plausibilities to sell materialism off as spirituality.
Minutes, hours and years are counted like beans and are the currency of the commerce of spirituality.
In the end it is not spiritual unless it can be seen and counted, and thus the WT rulebook also replaces the Bible rule book, and a sterilized stiff version of a Baptist church emerges as a JW trade show and perpetual job interview atmosphere replacing the stylized classic church with also a windowless bland box called a Kingdom hall, with windowless bland worshipers called JWs, with minds and "eyes of faith" boarded up by, and directed to, Bethel's Papacy through the WT peephole.
The Watctower has become a dungeon.
It appears everything has gradually morphed in JWs creating a microcosm of nicely disguised "Christendom" in the JW ritual based mutated religion, as the JW "Christendom" clone once again requires a deliverance and liberation from the "bondage" of Bethel Babylon, it's Jezebel "mother".
In such case, Gerrit Loesch is Assyrian King Sennacherib, the GB is collective "Haman" of post 1914 "Babylon" deliverance betrayal, and smart JWs have fled to the mountains as per Matt24:15. It all clearly repeats on the JW supposed experts of the principle of repetition and types, yet in repeating manner JWs are blind to it all, everyone else is the apostate, everything sinful applies to Christendom and Jerusalem, the Bethel golden calves are god, good is bad, bad is good, and so on...
Yet JWs can detect a 5 o'clock shadow, or worse, a beard... Very effective gnat straining techs too boot.
A beard, brandy and cigar in the KH library might actually be a nice change. It can't be any worse than a Bethel UN NGO centerpeice. (The JW version of Christendom's "League of Nations" endorsement of the 1920s). It actually is ALL repeating, even 1Peter 4:17!