Hillary said: I would suggest that you start taking a look at one of the WTS core doctrines on which it hangs its very existence, that is the date of the first fall of Jerusalem ( 607BCE ). This date is not defensible either scriptually of historically. Without this date and its attachment to 1914CE, the WTS has no grounds for claiming any special religious significance at all.
2evil replied: Actually, I have looked into the 607 issue before. I remember looking this up on the CD a few years ago and finding the explanation given plausable
Welcome 2evil! Actually, the Society's explantion on the whole 607BCE date is far from plausible. They claim that all the ancient scholars purposely were in league to come up with the "false" date of 586 BCE (the date that all biblical, archaeological and historical records support), without giving any reason as to WHY they would attempt such a thing. After all, these scholars lived long before the Organization was around, so what would their motive have been?
Ray Franz goes into alot of detail about this in Crisis of Conscience, so you should definitely read it. It was his assignment to do the background check on this date and when he found that there was no support for the 607BCE date ANYWHERE, he told his uncle Freddie Franz. According to Ray, his uncle went ballistic at the thought of having to get rid of the whole 1914 date, because without 1914, there's no 1919 date for when Jesus (supposedly) choice the "Faithful & Discreet Slave Class". To Fred, this was completely unacceptable and Ray was more or less forced to come up with some very elaborate writing trying to destroy the credibility of these scholars who said Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BCE.
I know how you feel, because I was born into this religion, and even though I had some doubts for many years, I still believed 100% that this was "the Truth". It was absolutely devastating to me when I slowly found out that it wasn't. Witnesses will try saying stuff like "the preaching work "proves" that the Holy Spirit is upon the Organization." This is utter nonsense. The Witnesses are certainly not the only religion that preaches---many religions have missionaries.......the Mormons preach---do they have God's Spirit? The Mormons also have alot more members than what the Witnesses do....does that mean anything?
Your wife's refusal to discuss any of your doubts is sad but predictable. Doesn't the bible say "make sure of all things"? and "he went examining the scriptures to make sure these things were so"?? You should ask your wife: "Why can't Witnesses examine their own beliefs without being classified as "an apostate". Jesus not only questioned first century Judaism, he told them flat out what a bunch of hypocrites they were. Was Jesus viewed as an "apostate" by the Jewish leaders? You damn right he was.