If you didn't know that the Watchtower Society published the Awake magazine, you might
think it was published by some semi-liberal born again group. I say this because it clearly
doesn't give a realistic representation of most Witness families I'm aware of.
The latest issue (Oct 22) is a typical example. It's cover reads "A Child's Early Years,
What Should Parents Do?" As you might have guessed, fleeing in panic from Jehovah's
Witnesses is not presented as an answer to the question posed.
They portray an idyllic , almost utopian version of childhood in which parents "make time"
for their kids, unincumbered by 5 meetings a week, demands to "put in more time" in a
futile "ministry", or the dominating need to make a living. They avoid all reference to
spanking your kids by circumvention (pg. 10). If you were a stranger to this magazine,
you'd never guess at the contrast of this family shangri-la with the cultish reality of typically
shallow Witness life. Will your young children be favorably impressed by your example
of shunning the disfellowshipped and 'spiritually weak'? Or maybe teaching your kids
about how 99.9% of the human race is going to be slaughtered by God Real Soon(!) is better
than the example of swinging a hammer for Habitat for Humanity?
The simple fact here is: I DID ALL THESE THINGS WITH MY WITNESS CHILD!
I faithfully read to her EVERY night from the "My Book of Bible Stories". I conducted
a family Bible study every week. I labored to find ways to play with her to expand her
mind. The Result?
At age 17, she solemnly told me and her mother that she wanted nothing further to do
with the "truth".
And that , my friends, brings us to the cruelest lie that the Watchtower keeps repeating to guillible
Witness parents - as this very Awake shows (pg 10)
"Centuries ago the Bible clearly stated at Proverbs 22:6 'Train up a boy according to the way
for him; even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it."
Yes, THERE IT IS! That's the LIE they keep repeating! If only a few Witness kids
"left the truth", they could claim that this is a general aphorism BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT'S
HAPPENING! If the overwhelming majority of Witness kids drift away or are df'd,
then the Watchtower is perpetrating a cruel hoax - with credulous Witness parents as their
victims. If the Society knows that 80+% of Witness kids fall away, then they are as guilty
of fraud as any corrupt corporation like Enron or Adelphia.