Child Fear

by garybuss 9 Replies latest jw friends

  • garybuss

    From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained Children's book by: (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1958)
    From pp. 207-210 of the English edition:

    26 Christs angels will smite all the opposers of Gods kingdom and his kingdom witnesses with a terrible destruction. A flesh-eating plague will destroy many. Says Jehovah: Their flesh shall rot wile they are still on their feet, their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths. (Zechariah 14;12, RS) Eaten up will be the tongues of those who scoffed and laughed at the warning of Armageddon! Eaten up will be the eyes of those who refused to see the sign of the time of the end! Eaten up will be the flesh of those who would not learn that the living and true God is named Jehovah! Eaten up while they stand on their feet!

    27 Where can people hide from this destruction coming from God? Nowhere! Jehovah says: Not one of them shall escape. . . .

    29 Dead bodies will be everywhere from end to end of the earth. Says Jehovah: I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth. Ungathered, unburied, unwept for, the bodies will be like so much fertilizer on the ground, just as the Bible says: The slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground.Jeremiah 25:29, 33, AS.


  • mommy1

    sounds like a horror movie to me.

  • musky

    gary, I remember studying this book with a brother when I was a boy. It was replaced by the live forever book I think? I don't remember reading your quotes, But those are pretty harsh words for the young ones. The society wants the followers quaking in there boots at a very early age.

  • garybuss

    This is the material lots of us were raised with. Many of us learned to read in these books.

    No wonder these fears and beliefs are so deep in our minds.

    To me, this is Corporate mind control at it's very lowest.

  • Quotes

    Thanks for the post, garybuss

    I have added the quote to go with the scans of the pictures on these pages of this "children's" book (argh) for all posterity and for all the world to see at my website.

    Check out and scroll down the page.

  • Dia

    And.....why would it be that JWs have phobias??

  • Satanus

    It's very easy to scare kids. Before i had entered school, i had the fear in me. It seems like the fear the foundation for 'the truth' for most who are raised in it. Maybe the removal of the fear was the reason for the exctacy i fealt for a couple of months after i found the wt to be wrong/not directed by god.


  • garybuss

    Yes SS, It was liberating for me (to say the least) to read the book The Three Worlds And Plan Of Redemption by Nelson Barbour published by Charles Russell, Russell's 6 Studies volumes and the writings of Rutherford after his imprisonment. I could see the human creation as well as the evolution of the current philosophy. It is interesting to me that the Society chooses to not credit William Miller and Nelson Barbour for the actual creation of the movement and pivotal dates.

    Now it is also interesting to see a re-active Watch Tower Publishing Corporation in action. Not that many years ago they took pains to be seen as pro-active and they virtually never reacted to outside criticism and they almost never gave any attention to critics or former members. They now appear to be working in overtime at loss prevention and asset preservation. They have public scrutiny of their principles like their abuse reporting guidelines as well as their practices, like the shunning and snubbing practice.

    The lawsuits are being filed and lots more coming up. The rank and file are going to have a lot to defend in upcoming days.


  • Sentinel

    Child Fear = Child Abuse

    I well remember these pictures and passages. In early youth, this was the reason I was baptised---so I would survive.

    Again, where is the love?

    Thanks Gary. As always, you bring it right on home.


  • garybuss

    Thanks Karen, I am a fan or your kind posts are your gentle manner. Thanks for being here and posting. You make my life better.

    The end time indoctrination was so deep in me from threats delivered by my parents on god's behalf and from exposure to frequent repetition of texts like I pasted above, that I lived with a sense of impending doom for years after I left the group in 1974.

    I still am sometimes amazed at how terrible my childhood was due to the Society and my parents and how wrong everything I was taught is.

    I can only wonder how much damage I did to my own children before I realized the depth of the error of it all myself.


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