In our eagerness to highlight all thats wrong with Jehovahs Witnesses I some times wonder if we go too far.
There are many good points to be made about flaws and problems amoung Jehovahs Witnesses.But sometimes there just seems to be a bit of nit picking,exagerrated acusations, pointing out problems that apply to virtualy any person or group and making it seem like its only applies to witnesses.
Also sometimes we fail to seperate the general witnesses and those in charge when criticising the society.
These are really two seperate groups, although some charges apply to both there is a usually a difference in accountability and motive between those who make the rules and those who follow.
These are some of the reasons apostates or others who thought they could prove the truth wrong to me, had no sucsess with me before.They didn't understand what motivates witnesses.I could see for example that witnesses in general tried to be loving, they failed often just like everyone else on earth does.Any lack of love witnesses failed to show to each other is usualy down to human failing not governing body policy.Another point of example is that I never believed that works could save me, I truly believed my works were a demonstration of my faith.So when born agains accused us of trying to be saved through works I could just laugh it off, as that is not what motivated me, nor most witnesses.
Most witnesses believe they are doing Gods will and that God is the most loving kind being.Anything strange he asks of us is just down to our inability to understand.So they believe that shunning for example is loving they don't usualy do it out of spite.
Of course Witnesses are wrong and what they do hurts people, but the point is we must understand the motives of witnesses and when highlighting errors and not twist the motives.We must show them why shunning is wrong , why refusing blood is stupid, that there are paedophiles in their religion
The danger is If we just want to criticize because for the sake of it we could turn just witnesses push in closer to their religion.
Edited by - sleepy on 21 August 2002 14:46:43