Just before the month ends I would like to congratulate the Watchtower magazine for completing its run of 138 years of publication. The first copy was printed July 1st 1879. Well done Watchtower!
As a reminder, let people remember that in its time this magazine has one of the world’s largest print runs for a periodical. An enviable record in the magazine industry.
Simultaneously it has to be the least read magazine in the world, in proportion to the number of copies made! That’s ‘cos only JWs can bear to read the contents. It is a truly puzzling read to non-JWs, this is because its contents are mainly Biblical threats and deeply patronizing propaganda to get the readers to conform to the will of the leadership.
Why was it not worth reading?
1/ it has never got any prediction right (and there have been many).
2/ it has never said anything original which was of any practical or spiritual use to the millions who have bought it or received it because any pronouncement has only a short shelf life.
And worse than that;
3/ it has distinctly misled and hurt millions of JWs into believing absurd and false hopes. It derails ambition, education and sound thinking. It creates an unhealthy state of mind. It leads to being shunned and sometimes to lack of self worth, depression and suicide, it splits up families because it demands loyalty to the Watchtower above family ties whatever the emotional cost.
The publicly stated reason for printing the Watchtower magazine in the first place was to announce the Kingdom’s arrival and the total restoration of earth to
paradise under the King Jesus by 1914.
Have you noticed, it didn’t happen? Have you noticed it never does happen??
It's a pulp fiction genre but without the talent or excitement..............