I am addressing here those who, like me, spent decades in the Organisation that we called “The Truth”. Perhaps like me you were brought up in it from an early age
Looking back now I wonder that I could have been so heartless as to believe that the mass slaughter of billions of people was “good news”.
I am not getting at the WTS so much here, we have done that often enough, but rather the individual attitude that we all had towards our fellow men.
There was no doubt that the provision of our Paradise came at the cost of the lives of the unbelievers... our classmates and people we saw every day....and you know what? We didn’t care a bit! O K , I would do an hour or so in field service at weekends , to show I had sounded a warning,but we never told them the plain message and I never expected anyone to listen.
We used to love those blood curdling scriptures like:
“There will be a rotting away of ones flesh.......one’s very eyes will rot away in their sockets and one’s very tongue will rot away in one’s mouth.”
Ezekiel 39: 17-20.
“Say to the birds....and the beasts.....you will eat flesh and drink blood ...to satisfaction.
As for the clergy of Christendom ?nothing could be too bad as an outcome for them.
We were not horrible psychopaths, quite normal people believe it or not. So how could we accept it?
I can only think the answer has something to do with the psychology experiment by Stanley Milgram. The one where he fooled people into believing they were giving painful,even torturous electric shocks to others . Why did they go along with it? Because they were told it was “alright “ that the authorities had agreed it .....so they did it ......repeatedly.
What higher authority could we trust than God Almighty? If he said it was right (as we believed) then it must be right, mustn’t it?
At least that is my theory.