by Gadget 12 Replies latest jw friends

  • Gadget

    One thing I always wondered, but no one was able to answer. When you preach to others, you encourage them to read the watchtower ect to gain knowledge about the bible, but wittnesses aren't supposed to read any other religious material. I know this is because if they read it they might find the real truth, but how do wittnesses justify asking others to read material when they won't do the same themselves?

  • Brummie

    Your literature is of the debil, theirs is from Jehobah (which explains why its pretty messed up), anyhow if they read your literature the debil will get them and Jehobah will be real snotty about it.

  • Gadget

    But how do they convince you that its your liturature thats from the devil and not theirs?

  • blondie

    Here is the official WTS response. Basically, it is "we know we have the truth already and we aren't searching for something else."

    5/1/84 WT p 31 Questions

    From Readers


    Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses decline to exchange their Bible study aids for the religious literature of people they meet?

    Jehovah’s Witnesses carry on their public ministry in obedience to divine instructions. Jesus said that during this "conclusion of the system of things," the "good news of the kingdom [must] be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:3, 14) So Witnesses do not go to people’s doors searching for truth or enlightenment. Rather, they already have devoted countless hours learning the truth from God’s Word and, having taken in the "good news," they are obediently going forth to share it.

    Many people who believe that ‘there is good in all religions’ might consider it narrow-minded to think otherwise. (Contrast Jesus’ view expressed at Matthew 7:13, 14, 21-23.) The Greek philosophers in ancient Athens encouraged such an "open-minded" attitude and enjoyed "telling something or listening to something new." (Acts 17:18-21) But when the apostle Paul appeared before them, it was not to swap philosophies or ideas. He used the occasion to present what he knew to be the truth, whether he was considered narrow-minded or not. While some of those Athenians mocked him, a number responded and became believers.—Acts 17:32-34; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

    Paul obviously was aware of some Greek teachings, and he used such knowledge to give a most effective witness. (Acts 17:28) Similarly, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not ignorant of others’ beliefs. They have gained considerable basic knowledge of the doctrinal beliefs of religions common in their area. Consideration to such teachings has been given in the book What Has Religion Done for Mankind? as well as numerous articles in The Watchtower and Awake! Such information on various religions is presented in the context of its contrast with accurate Biblical teachings.

    God’s Word warns Christians that "Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light. It is therefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness. But their end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15) Satan so successfully appeared as "an angel of light" that he was able to deceive even a perfect human, Eve. (1 Timothy 2:14) So it would be foolhardy, as well as a waste of valuable time, for Jehovah’s Witnesses to accept and expose themselves to false religious literature that is designed to deceive. They have no intention of falling into the sad course of the Jews, whom Paul said "exchanged the truth of God for the lie."—Romans 1:25, NW; Revised Standard Version.

    Furthermore, some of the religious literature that people may urge Jehovah’s Witnesses to read is written by, or contains the thoughts of, individuals who have apostatized. True Christians are commanded to shun such apostates. (2 John 9-11; Titus 3:10, 11) Appropriately, then, The Watchtower of June 15, 1983, counseled:

    "In the first century, Hymenaeus and Philetus turned apostate and tried to subvert the faith of others. God’s standard was: ‘Shun such empty speeches that violate what is holy.’ (2 Timothy 2:16-19) Christians holding to that standard would not have been interested in listening to apostates, nor in obtaining any poisonous writings that these might distribute ‘for the sake of dishonest gain.’ Why finance their wickedness by buying their literature? (Titus 1:11) As loyal Christians let us hold to God’s standards, feeding our minds on what is true and righteous, and holding appreciatively and loyally to the channel from which we first learned Bible truth.—Compare 1 Timothy 4:16."—Page 15.

    Hence, it is out of wisdom and respect for God’s counsel that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not make a practice of exchanging valuable Bible study aids containing Scriptural truth for religious literature that disseminates error or apostate views.

  • dedalus

    It's called H Y P O C R I S Y.


  • blondie

    I agree, dedalus. When I went door to door, I never knew how to handle it except to just not place the literature and continue discussing directly from the Bible. It is too bad that JWs are trained to talk using literature and not the Bible. I never placed that much literature anyway.


  • Francois

    Ded's got it partially right. Hypocrisy is a large factor, but also there is self-righteousness, holier-than-thou attitude, willfull blindness, and underneath it all a huge intellectual dishonesty.

    Did you notice, in one of the early paragraphs in one of Blondie's posts bearing the JW responst that the WT had inserted the word "must" in brackets into the text? I don't believe that Jesus said "must" did he? Then, the JW response included the thought that they had received divine instructions. Well, if divinity is a measure of the unity of the human to his maker, then the JWs have a lot of gall claiming unity with God, or even with the lowest of angels as long as they hide pedophiles, and engage in their thinly veiled money grubbing.

    A few of us here ought to get together and write a pilot tv show based on a day in the life of your average JW. I think it should be Sunday. You've got two meetings to get ready for and then you've gotta go out in service and miss the football games and interrupt those who are not thus engaged. Then, as the day wears down, we introduce a father entering his daughter's room late at night, establish what we are hinting at and then fade to black. Then we sell this idea to one of the networks.

    What would we name such a tv program?


  • Gopher
    What would we name such a tv program?

    If a show about a hospital's emergency room can be named "ER", then a show about this strange yet captivating religion could be named "JW".

  • Gadget

    Any idea who could star in it?

  • ColdRedRain

    Various Wayans brothers, Rebe Jackson and any other washed up JW celeberty.

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