Cognitive dissonance... JWs are constantly made to accept two conflicting ideas at the same time. This has always bothered me... Same sentence, and two opposing ideas.
(2) Humility - Michael and Gabriel. On many occasions the angels could
have given their names. Noah asked the angel what is your name. The good angel
never gave his name.
Because of their humility they do not want the honor.
They want it to go where it belongs to Jehovah.
That is a good example to us.
Maybe we are the ones that study with someone and they want to honor us. But like
the angels we want to direct that glory to Jehovah to whom it belongs. Any time
someone wants to praise us we want to give that glory to Jehovah
Wait, he just mentioned Michael and Gabriel??? So, are Michael and Gabriel not "good angels"?
Don’t give names? How about
GB members? Their names? Isn't it always announced who they are, and "give a warm welcome to our dear brother from New York, Governing Body member....? Special pioneers who come from other countries to give convention talks are never just "Brother Soandso"....
I remember when I was young people saying "Ohhhh.... there is a governing body member here!" What about kids posing with GB members at Bethel????
I had a friend tell me with glee, "I sat in an actual chair that the wife of GB member "---" sat in!
(Luke 1:18-19) 18 And Zech·a·ri′ah
said to the angel: “How am I to be sure of this? For I am aged and my wife is
well along in years.” 19 In
reply the angel said to him: “I am Ga′bri·el, who stands near before God, and I
was sent forth to speak with you and declare the good news of these things to
(Daniel 8:16) 16 And
I began to hear the voice of an earthling man in the midst of the U′lai, and he
proceeded to call out and say: “Ga′bri·el, make that one there understand the
In the WT 2008 Library, Gabriel is mentioned 319 times in the WT, 136 times in books, 72 times in the AW, 34 times in the Insight book, 12 times in brochures and booklets, and 7 times in the Bible.
(Jude 8-9) . . .. 9 But when Mi′cha‧el the archangel had a difference with the Devil . . . (not just Michael.... but "archangel" Michael)
"Don't do it, but do it"