GOVERNING BODY: Thanks for nothing, you rat bastards!
Terry, I noticed the same thing when I was just a young teenager going to the KH. I'd look up the scripture references (not directly quoted) and read them and the scriptures around them to try and get the context.
I soon realized that like many evangelical preachers, the Watchtower was "quote mining" phrases - just for the phrase - even when the surrounding text was non-comforming and often disagreed with the premise of the original argument. When I pointed these verses out to my parents, they would just tell me not to worry about it or consider it as, "the brothers writing the articles are far more knowledgeable about these things than we are."
Seriously, if I was ever insane enough to go back to the Kingdom Hall on a regular basis (never will be that insane!), that's probably how I would pass my time even though the meetings are only half the length of the ones I sat through as a child.
Remember when the public talk was an hour? The break was 15 minutes and then the Watchtower Study was a full hour. On Thursdays the Ministry School was an hour and the Service Meeting was an hour. And then we had a one hour book study one night a week at someone's home. Regular service was 2 1/2 hours on both Saturday and Sunday and for a while we did evening service before the book study for 45 minutes.
Times have changed, but the Watchtower still sticks in weak scripture quotes as if they were "hanging participles" to almost every article. I loved the way the Awake! magazine would write about floods, or crime in big cities, or an earthquake in the Phillipines and then hang a Bible scripture onto the end of the story. Geez...
Juan Viejo2 - "I soon realized that like many evangelical preachers, the Watchtower was 'quote mining' phrases - just for the phrase - even when the surrounding text was non-comforming and often disagreed with the premise of the original argument."
Once again, for the lurkers, newbies, and trolls...
...if you have to cheat to defend your beliefs, your beliefs don't deserve to be defended.