Have you seen Bab-el-on the Great? She was here just a few minutes ago.
Seriously, I was thinking back to the days of 1988 - when we first received the copy of the penultimate Revelation book. You know, the one with the red cover and the scary dragon pictures inside.
At that time, JW thinking was heightened to expect the imminent destruction of false religion. The Revelation book had a page in it that said, "Babylon's Waters are drying up" and mentioned different religion's slowing down, the Anglican Church, Taoism etc.
In the last few years, the JW religion has also been slowing down, particularly in Canada, Britain and Japan. So I guess they got that right.
Today, there is more interest in religion than there ever was. President Bush is a Christian, and boy do we know it! He has even designated money for some religions.
An article I recall reading, mentioned that in the southern states, there is a revival of conservative Catholicism, which is very popular with youths. Eveangelial Christianity is on the rise, particularly now in the "marriage eqaulity" era.
The Pope had at least 1 million people come to his funeral - the security forces had to turn away people, the crowds were so big.
The last presidential race was won, because the conservatives came out in force and voted for Bush, thinking that he had morals that matched their own.
Although Europe now seems to be the place for missionaries to go, people are deciding on a mix'n'match religion, a personal religion, whereas they do not really belong to any one faith.
There has been great interest in Islam, and it's culture, particularly since 9/11.
People and world leaders recognize, that Al-Qaidea has distored the true sense of Islam, hence they are not blaming Islam in general for 9/11, just the people who take the Qu'ran to extremes.
Organizations in the US are becoming more accomodating to religion, and recognize that people do have spiritual needs, and they are allowinfg them to use rooms to pray in, giving them time off for religious observances.
At the same time, cults proliferate and continue to draw in those "guiless ones" to quote the WT.
Is this really what the Society meant, when it said religion would end? The WT was involved with the UN as an NGO for 10 years, how could they qualify to say the United Nations would turn on religion?
The UN couldn't even turn on a light bulb in Iraq, how could they possible convince everyone on earth, that religion has to go.
The UN is feeble. Their peacekeepers stand by and watch murder happen, some of them are involved in rape. Then there is the food for oil scandal, involving Kofi annan's son.
The UN is a paper tiger, they have no state, no currency. They are only made up leaders that have agreed to support them.
Some nation states, such as Iran, have a theocratic government, that is rule by God through his chosen ones. How could a government like that turn on itself, without some serious hardwiring of the brain?
If you are a JW, or used to be one, perhaps you feel that the time period we are living in is not conducive to the time period the WT is living in. We all expected religion to be gone.
Any one here old enough to remember the book, "Babylon the Great has Fallen - God's Kingdom Rules" ?
Instead of seeing governments slowly turn on religion, we are seeing the opposite effect.
Even though Russia has banned JW's in Moscow, Germany has given them a new legal registration, which may give them tax privileges. And just think of all the cases they have won in this country, fighting for freedom of speech.
So which is it Watchtower? Religion stays or no religion?