Want to have fun with a believer? Ask them if they agree with these.....

by stuckinarut2 7 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • stuckinarut2
    stuckinarut2

    Just a fun idea inspired by Seth Andrews latest podcast (the thinking atheist)

    Ask a believer if they agree with the following statements of faith:

    • One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
    • The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
    • One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
    • The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.
    • Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
    • People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and remediate any harm that may have been caused.
    • Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

    If they agree, then tell them where these tenets come from! Yes, they are the founding tenets of the Satanic Temple. (A secular, non religious organisation- NOT actually devil worshippers by the way)

    Then watch their face when you tell them they have agreed with the Satanic Temple's tenets!😜

  • OneEyedJoe
    OneEyedJoe
    Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs

    If they're paying attention they'll raise a problem with this one. Maybe not with the latter portion (though the GB certainly don't have any qualms about violating that bit too) but they'll definitely not agree that one's beliefs should be based upon scientific understanding.

  • Diogenesister
    Diogenesister

    Without meaning to sound patronizing, I don't think most jws I know around here would fully understand some of those statements.

    They are also quite a suspicious bunch these days and unless you start using terms that ring their little Pavlovian bells, they tend to think you're out to trap them!

  • stuckinarut2
    stuckinarut2

    Good points Dio and Joe!

    Yes, you are correct.

  • Ireneus
    Ireneus

    Very true

    But the problem is this--if they know something what GB teaches is wrong, they will wait for Jehovah.

  • Vidiot
    Vidiot
    Ireneus - "...the problem is this--if they know something what GB teaches is wrong, they will wait for Jehovah."

    Don't you mean, "G-Bovah"...?

    :smirk:

    Seriously though, I remember one time when I was a kid, and asked my elder Dad about how serious it was teaching something that was wrong, and he actually said that, basically...

    ..."being right wasn't as important as 'being in the Truth'... i.e. maintaining unity as an Organization in the face of Satan's World."

    It was odd; he was a complete loyalist who'd stayed on through 1975, but...

    ...he was a very kind man (everyone loved him, JWs and "worldy" people), and occasionally bent the rules.

    Hmm... in retrospect, maybe that was why he didn't stay an elder.

  • smiddy3
    smiddy3

    stuckinarut2 ,

    I think that your questions would just fly right over the heads of current J.W.`s with the limited education their allowed to receive .

    They would have no comprehension on how to make a sensible answer because of not knowing what the questions actually mean.

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    I asked a couple with a cart about why if everything was so good even before humans God let an asteroid kill off the dinosaurs. They knew nothing about an asteroid and one claimed they all died at the flood and the other claimed God "phased them out"!

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