Can You Make Sense Of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Nope. One cannot make sense of the nonsensical. The JW GB knows the stuff makes no sense ergo "Obey us even if it doesn't make sense ... ... ... from a human standpoint".
Lol! Even that made no sense. Is there some other standpoint? Fish maybe?
Lieu-you said it: nonsensical
What finally got me out was the nonsense response Bethel gave me after months of deliberation: my research was correct, nothing wrong with sources l had used. But since l was ‘stumbled’by their slanted, WRONG rendering of the bit in question they recommended a series of articles to straighten me out.
Even though l was “in” that got me out.
Moral: good JW? You must not care. You must not think. You must not talk.
The JWS religion was strategically designed by the Watchtower Publishing house, false commercialized Gospel in all.
Adherents are made to be subservient and loyal to the WTS leaders for their sustainable means and needs.
One could say the leaders of the WTS. essentially developed their own kingdom complete with its own subjective designated laws and rules of governorship.
This organization was started by fringe apostate false prophets enacted by unregulated charlatanism.
Not any more.....
Growing up, and living within it..........feeding my mind entirely with their writings, it all made perfect sense. " Why can't other people see it?" I wondered . They were the ones with closed minds , determined to stick to their own beliefs.
Eventually doubts arose... It was the time factor, Something had obviously gone seriosly wrong with the time-frame. I had never been happy with tne exclusive salvation doctrine either. One day I dared to think the unthinkable, that it all may be just plain wrong . That was it. A light turned on in my head and a lifetime of cherished belief came crashing down.
BluesBrother - "A light turned on in my head and a lifetime of cherished belief came crashing down."
I think I might have been luckier than most.
My "beliefs" were never particularly "cherished" (except maybe Armageddon serving as my own personal supernatural revenge fantasy, and that faded as I got older, and watched Roland Emmerich movies).
My "beliefs" were required.
I never particularly liked being a JW; I was one because I was taught from childhood that my survival depended on it.
As I began to fade, I realized quite quickly that unlike some other JWs, my mental and emotional well-being had never really felt dependent on the WTS being right.
I often wonder if any others were that way.
Some very old JW friends came by today to extend their condolences about my brothers death. They said at least he won’t have to worry about going through the great tribulation. I looked at them and said I suppose you’re right. These people just do not understand the obvious but such is life.
Its sad and bit disturbing that devout JWS dont use any critical in depth thinking about what information the WTS puts out from a biblical theological viewpoint and even secular.
The WTS's mainstay doctrines were devised and propagated for the purpose and intent of proliferating its published goods.
People accepted those doctrines without scrutiny, like the information wasn't to be questioned because it was from god, in reality it was from a few men running their own publishing house complied from their own agenda..
Fred Franz was one of the masters, coming up with all sorts of strange and complicated rationalizations. But the GB were, at least, attempting some rationalization. Once he died, the art started to fade.
Everything JWs say and do makes absolute perfect sense when you look at it from the angle of thought reform and cults.
A serious doctrinal contradiction would have devastated a 50's era JW because their entire worldview was built on the idea that the "Truth" was the end point of a logical progression of thought.
The worldview of most JW's today seems to float in midair with no visible means of support. Why should a contradiction matter when there's no chain of thought for it to disrupt?
That's fine for people who are already JW's I guess, but I don't see how this approach would convince potential converts.
Why would anybody with two brain cells to rub together accept a set of teachings that can't be adequately explained?