What if Witnesses presented their core beliefs at the door?

by Vanderhoven7 12 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Vanderhoven7

    Mark Jones writes

    Let’s imagine you get a knock on your door from Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    How would you react if they said the following:

    “Good morning. We’re in the area visiting you and your neighbors to warn you that the United Nations is going to ban religion. Every one will go “sure, ok”. Muslims will gather together to dismantle Mecca, Catholics tear down the Vatican and Buddhists will firebomb their own temples. - because the UN told them to.”

    The United Nations telling religious people to stop believing in god. And them just shrugging their shoulders and going along with it. - Watchtower, September 2012.[1]

    “Then, Jehovah’s Witnesses will be the only religion on earth. As such, we’ll be hunted down worldwide so we’ll hide in bunkers[2] waiting for Michael the archangel (who is Jesus alter-ego) who will swoop down on a flying horse along with 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been transformed into male angels (including our governing body) and kill all non-Jehovah’s Witnesses with bow and arrows.”

    “Then they’ll throw Satan disguised as a cat into an abyss.”

    Satan, in cat form, being hurled into an abyss. Watchtower, May 2015[3]

    “All you have to do to survive is become a Jehovah’s Witness, disown your family and shun your own children or parents if they join then decide later to leave.[4] You get to spend your weekends (minimum) peddling magazines door to door for free while abandoning any idea of a career or University education.”

    “Also, we’re to look to 8 men in America who we’ve never met as god’s sole means of communication on earth. They’re not our leaders, no-no, they’re simply Guardians Of Doctrine (G.O.D.) on earth who “take the lead”. Totally different. - Wanna join?”

    What would you think?

    We knew that if we presented you with what Jehovah’s Witnesses actually believe you’d never join. It’s like the frog in a boiling pot of water. You need to start with cool water then gradually heat it up until the frog is boiled alive. Give you generic teachings, then add to it bit by bit until you’re indoctrinated.

    All of the above are real Jehovah’s Witness beliefs. And that’s just scratching the surface, there’s lots more bizarre things. So much so, that a lot of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Quora either don't know they’re supposed to believe some of the things I mention or haven't got that far in their indoctrination yet to have heard about it.

    You’ll find if you get a Jehovah’s Witness on the door they’ll instead use the bait and switch method: Ask a generic bible question and get a magazine in your hand. That’s stage one of the indoctrination process.

    Because otherwise you might think they’re a mad end of the world cult that breaks up families or something.

    You know, like a mad end of the world cult that breaks up families?


  • Vanderhoven7

    Giles Gray writes

    Are Jehovah’s Witnesses transparent about their core beliefs when out proselytizing?

    If Jehovah’s Witnesses were open and honest about their core beliefs when they called at people’s doors, they would stand little chance of making any converts whatsoever.

    Let’s consider two of the main reasons why Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on the doors of their neighbours:-

    -- One reason is because of their belief that the ‘end of the world’ is imminent. They teach that their religion is the only ‘true’ religion being used by God on earth today, and anyone who does not belong to it or who fails to subject themselves to directions from the leaders, will soon be destroyed by Jesus in the ‘imminent’ war of Armageddon. The only way to survive Armageddon for those who hear the message preached by Jehovah’s Witnesses, is to submit to the Watchtower Organisation and obey every dictate from the leadership.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are not forthcoming with this doctrine when they first meet people in their ministry, because they are aware that if they presented the full facts, it’s likely that householders would find the arrogance of the claims offensive. So this teaching is revealed much later in the indoctrination process.

    -- Another reason why Jehovah’s Witnesses call at people’s doors is to preach the ‘good news of the kingdom’.

    They allege that Jesus invisibly returned and began to rule in 1914 and God’s Kingdom has been active ever since that year. They believe that Jehovah’s Witnesses were the only people who were ‘awake’ when the Lord returned and they uniquely have knowledge that this event has already taken place.

    What they don’t tell you about this core belief is the fact that it was made up over a decade after the events of 1914 allegedly occurred, and apart from wild speculation, there is absolutely no good evidence that what they believe is true.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses will also refrain from telling you that the leaders who concocted these prophetic pronouncements were not Divinely inspired, received no communication from God and only had their best guesses to guide them in their bible interpretations. This is still equally true of today’s Governing Body (the leaders of the religion) who continue to base their teachings on guesswork. This has resulted in their predictions consistently failing and requiring constant amendments and alterations. This information is kept back from newly interested people and even from believing members.

    Instead the Governing Body proudly boast that they are being led by God, whilst at the same time contradicting themselves by denying this when they are called to account for their false or erroneous teachings. An essential aspect for the survival of the religion is their ‘doublespeak’, which can lead astray the unwary and those who are easily beguiled.

    If the above facts were openly admitted by the Jehovah’s Witnesses when they call at householders’ doors, most people would see the organisation for what it is… merely a man made institution founded on false information and promoting falsehoods.

  • LongHairGal


    Your list is great.

    I would have added also: ..“If you come in already with a full-time job or career, you should quit it and pursue poverty and get part-time work to be in the ministry more; and (especially if you are a woman) you should be a doormat doing favors for all the old ladies and Users in the congregation who DIDN’T pursue poverty and who live cushy lives..And, if you end up destitute who cares? Not us. Maybe Armageddon will come first to save you.”

    I’m thankful today I neither listened to their advice nor followed the bullshit they held out to me.

    Yes, I’ve always said that if the JWs laid all their cards on the table to potential recruits, nobody would join this religion. I know I wouldn’t have.

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