Why is our history not included in the study one undergoes before he is baptized?
The question is, need it be included. Why didn’t each Christian Bible writer mention the selfish history of the 11 faithful apostles—each wanted to be the greatest in Jesus’ kingdom? Why didn’t each Christian Bible writer elaborate on the preposterous and erroneous belief that the Apostle John would never suffer death? Why? We could eat ourselves to death with that question. Again, the real question should be is it needed?
The problem with answering that question is that there is no categorical answer, meaning that some will see it one way and others a different way. Even among potential baptismal candidates many will say that they are just no interested in the history as much as what we are doing today. On the other hand, I am not aware that the Society overtly hides facts of its history. Quite a few congregations have Society publications going back more than a century. The information is there for those interested.
I feel that understanding that history is rather critical, though many I have tried sharing it with could have cared less. So, should that history be included as mandatory reading prior to baptism. I guess that question can only be answered authoritatively by yielding to what the scriptures indicate is necessary. Scripture indicates that Christians are only authorized to baptize disciples of Jesus. Therefore of necessity the only studying needed is that germane to the question of discipleship. Though sometimes in error on various subjects, I think that Jehovah’s Witnesses honestly try to make disciples of Jesus, rather then the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society. In that case the history of the WTS is not necessarily corollary to baptism. Of course, as stated, others will have different views on that matter.
…so there is no need to question what is printed in a Watchtower.
Implicitly and explicitly the Society’s published comments are contrary to that notion. When Watchtower readers see Question From Readers articles where various teachings of the Society are questioned and subsequently altered, what message do you think that sends?