The watchtower has always been deceptive in that it kinda says what sounds right - but what it really means is obvious to the rank and file.
Like in the X-Files when the gov keeping "plausible denial" at all times.
This month highlights an article to help parents - "Teaching Children to Obey".
First off that phrase offends me - I know the WT feels children are "arrows" for fathers to aim, and not people who are to be nurtured to become their own unique person making choices that are right for them when they mature.
And - they love the word OBEY!
They want young and old to alike to OBEY the GB, so you must start that power structure at birth.
Second, GB Lord Jackson testified to the ARC that JWs don't condone hitting kids as punishment. Sounds good - but not the case at all. So here is an excerpt from this "wonderful article".
Employ discipline. One dictionary defines discipline as “training which produces obedience or self-control, often in the form of rules and punishments if these are broken.” Of course, discipline should never be unreasonable or abusive. On the other hand, it should not be vague or inconsequential, leaving the child with no incentive to change.—Bible principle: Proverbs 23:13.
Those words sound ok - but what is "unreasonable" and "abusive" largely depends on a person's opinion, and the culture they come from. I know plenty of "friends" who talk about how important giving uppity kids a "whooping" is.
Is the WT against that? Well they may say if questioned that - no we are not saying to hit your kids - maybe, but look at the scripture they use to defend their stance on discipline. Prov 23:13
13 Do not hold back discipline from a boy.If you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
Actually Mr. Bible writer - many many many kids have died because an angry parent or guardian has STRUCK them!
And this scripture is not talking about "non-corpral-punishent" - it talks about hitting someone with a ROD, it's very clear.
Gee - I am sure that's the way Jesus would want you to act with a 4 year old who spills the milk again, right?
When once confronting and elder about hitting kids being disgusting, and point out that "I will never believe that's the way Jesus would discipline a kid", his answer was - "well Jesus was perfect".
I just shook my head.
Not only does this article show that the WT is still stuck in the 1920s, but it show the bible is in NO WAY a book inspired by some awesome loving all knowing deity.
It's just a horrible book filled with horrible examples of god and his followers (who by the way did way worse things than the pagan nations around them) filled with horrible advice on every aspect of life. So what that in a few of its books it has some nice poetry in it? Big deal, so do lots of other books.
The earth will never be a peace untill the bible and all the other "holy books" are eliminated from use and forgotten forever.