....it would not be scared of critics.
Actually they would naturally take an offensive stance, wouldn't they? They would welcome debate... even encourage it. Why wouldn't you welcome debate if you could never lose? Wouldn't you find the biggest platform you could and challenge the brightest minds of your time? Wouldn't you welcome any and all media outlets? ....if you had the truth of all the universe.?...and God on your side....
In this day and age, with all the technology available, and all the appetite for news and controversy, there is no excuse for JW's to not be front and center challenging the very foundations of thought and belief. It would get coverage. People would tune in for that philosophical cage match.
Isn't that supposed to be the commission? To get the message to as many as possible?
Apostasy .... it's treated like some spooky silhouette over "there" in the shadows. Why? Why is it always some unnamed website....some untitled "pamphlet"....some unspecified "negative press"....some unspoken "negative talk"? Why so ambiguous? Why is it always over "there" or out "there" somewhere?
If you had the truth, you would simply name the website, show the pamphlet, specify the news story, call out the negative talk. Wouldn't you? I mean what is there to fear? Why leave it in the shadows? Why not shine a spotlight on it instead?
With all of this technology being used in the kingdom halls and assemblies, there is opportunity at their fingertips to bring up JWFACTS.com anytime they want to on the big screens, for all to see. Why don't they bring it up on the Jumbo-Tron at conventions? Isn't that what this summer's whole convention is about? Why not take a web page per talk and simply refute it with the truth? Why dance around it? Where is the faith? Where is the confidence?
Why isn't there a series of talks in the mid-week meeting addressing an apostate subject each week? each month? every other month? nothing?
Many of us know the answers to these questions and they are obvious. If they had nothing to hide, if they had nothing to fear, they would take these simple, logical, straight line approaches and nip this apostasy-thing in the bud.
They threaten. They vilify. They slander. They lie. They resort to name-calling. They resort to fuzzy references to "attacks" from unnamed "enemies". Anything to not address the problem head on.
If you have the truth on your side........you don't act like this.
If you are crooked, if you are hiding something, if you are engaging in PR spin tactics, if you are propagandizing...... you act exactly like this.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck.... then I guess we know what it is.