Today's Text - Justifying The Increase Of Annointed Ones!
Their explanation for the increase is no explanation at all.
The number of partakers includes those who mistakenly think that they are anointed.
There has always been opportunity for persons to mistakenly think that they're anointed - even when the numbers were decreasing in the past. So why has there lately been an increase in those mistakenly thinking they're anointed?
Others may have mental or emotional problems that lead them to believe that they will rule with Christ in heaven.
There has always been opportunity for persons to have mental or emotional problems leading them to mistakenly think that they're anointed - even when the numbers were decreasing in the past. So why has there lately been an increase in those with such problems leading to them mistakenly thinking they're anointed?
What's the trigger that started the upward trend in the number of anointed? That's the real issue that they're not addressing. Why aren't they saying?
The true reason for the increase is a change in Watchtower doctrine. During the time of decline in partakers, they used to teach that the heavenly hope closed around 1935 and any new anointed ones were simply replacements for past anointed who were unfaithful. Then about a decade ago they revised this claim with new light saying they can't give a date for the end of the heavenly calling. I believe this revision in doctrine emboldened more JWs to claim to be anointed. This, however, would be embarrassing to Watchtower as it would clearly imply that JWs' acceptance of their heavenly calling was being hampered/compromised by Watchtower doctrine. It puts the organization in a bad light as being so controlling as to dissuade JWs from accepting their heavenly calling and only when the organization changed a teaching did more JWs feel comfortable enough to accept the calling.
Another way of looking at it is that the trend demonstrates that JW anointing is not an anointing by God but an anointing by men based on doctrine, that's why a change in doctrine radically changes the number of anointed. This is the very embarrassing and inconvenient truth that they're afraid to admit.
Slimboy, i agree hundreds of thousands exceeds anyones estimates of the first century church but the point stands. There wernt 144,000 christains before the modern era... really?
Listener...they are either attracting mentally ill people or producing them
So spot on and hilarious!
and lets remind ourselves--the 144,000 are male virgins....12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of israel.
er--how do the watchtower guys explain that ?
If they get too many partakers they may have to change the memorial bread.
It really is laughable....
The whole concept of people being chosen to go to heaven to rule over those on earth...based on words in an iron-age book written by a few animal herders who heard voices in their heads...(The same sort of voices that told them to sacrifice their children, or build a floating zoo, or talk to snakes....)
Just apply a tint bit of logical thinking to the very concept, and it falls apart...
And yes Stan! You are spot-on!
The 12,000 virgins from "tribes of isreal" is figurative, but the number 144000 is to be taken literally?
The very notion of what is "literal" and what is "symbolic" or "figurative" is amusing....
To make a statement we have maybe hundreds of mentally ill JW's is funny. An insane person believes everyone is crazy except them, so we have us the mental diseased and now folks in the organization. I think the GB is bat sh---t crazy to make that bold statement and don't give a crap about the RF....If they(GB) feel these folks have mental problems what are they doing about it..
I wish there was a love button and a laugh out loud button for some of these comments.