Pertaining to the study of Doctrine:
"There are two ways that a religion develops its doctrines - eisegesis and exegesis. Eisegesis is where scriptures are found to support a pre-existing belief, resulting in inaccurate doctrine and the possibility of any number of interpretations.
A more respected approach is to arrive at doctrinal understanding through exegesis. Let a passage explain itself in its literary context, doing so in line with its relationship to other Biblical passages and parallel literature of the period. To understand Scripture, consider what it meant to the person making the statement and what it conveyed to the person spoken to, in line with what they already knew from other Scriptures, the point made at the time and the prevailing culture.
A large portion of Watchtower doctrine comes from an Eisegesis approach. An Eisegesis approach and resultant inaccuracies can be quickly identified in significant and defining doctrine.
- Only 144,000 are anointed and go to heaven
- All not associated with the Watchtower Society will be destroyed at Armageddon
- Use of the word Jehovah is an important part of worship
- Normal behaviour, such as birthdays or belief in the cross is ungodly
- Shunning of former members
- Refusing to use blood
- That the Last Days started in 1914
When a Scripture disagrees with Watchtower doctrine, it is regularly dismissed as being figurative."