Years ago, in the Watchtower's Truth book, the chapter called "How To Identify the True
Religion" offered a set of reasons for thinking that JW's had the "truth".
The very first "identifying mark " of "true religion" was stated as having "love among
themselves" as Jesus plainly said in John 13: 35 : "By this all will know that you are my
disciples, if you have love among yourselves." So, as directly taken from the Bible,
this was a logical claim to make first and foremost.
However, things have changed! This "love" has now fallen to third place in the
Watchtower's latest listing - inspite of whatever Jesus said ( What Does The Bible
Really Teach? pg 147)
Is it really so hard to guess? Do Jehovah's Witnesses really seem to care about each
other, anymore than other religions? Do you think that their failure to kill each
other in war really proves anything about "love"? ( "you know I love you so
I've decided not to kill you today") Do Witnesses gossip, backbite, and often
despise each other? ( try running the Theocratic Ministry School for a while
and find out how many sisters won't speak to each other!) Does the organization
encourage internal charities to take care of their own sick and aged?
Isn't obvious that the Society finds this scripture inconvenient - and much prefers
to emphasize other parts of their cultish identity - such as using the name "Jehovah"
- a name Jesus avoided using in the Lord's prayer ("Our Father...) and while dying
on the cross/stake ( "My God, My God......Into your hands, Father") - a name
Paul didn't use ("One God, the Father...) a name John skipped entirely in his
Like a record on the Billboard charts, "love among yourselves" has dropped
in importance to them, regardless of how Jesus Christ felt about it.