Are Jehovah's Witnesses Honest About What They Believe In?
I was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness. When I was nine years old I was required to attend a Book Study every Tuesday night.
The book we were studying was about Revelations. The book constantly claimed that the things that were written in ancient times, represented the experiences of modern day Jehovah's Witnesses.
I can't remember the exact details but I remember disagreeing strongly with the viewpoints of the Watchtower Society.
Eventually the voice of God inside of me was so loud that I put up my hand and said, 'Is everyone here blind? Do you actually believe in this nonsense? Does it make sense that what was written in the Bible thousands of years ago apples to Jehovah's Witnesses today? This is crazy!!!'
To my surprise, everyone politely listened to me and I wasn't scolded like I thought I would be. I had expected at least one person to defend the Watchtower's 'truth' and tell me that I was too young to understand this stuff or that it was true and they believed it.
But to my surprise there was dead silence. Out of twenty mature Witnesses in the room, everyone's face was expressionless. They didn't know what to say so they said nothing.
No one ever brought up the incident later or spoke to me about my comments. At the time I was too young to be a baptized Witness so I knew I couldn't be disfellowshipped. What could they do? I thought that was the reason they didn't say anything to me. But could their silence be more sinister?
Is it possible that everyone else in the room was receiving the same message from God? Was everyone else also questioning these new 'truths' about how much better the Jehovah's Witnesses are than everyone else because they were written about in the Bible centuries ago?
We will never know. I am no longer able to speak with these people because I have disassociated myself from the Watchtower Society. And many of them have already made their transition back to God.
One thing for sure, though is that if anyone had agreed with me and spoke out against the teachings of the Watchtower Society they would have been told to stop questioning their faith.
A disfellowshipped person loses their friends, their family, and their faith if they disagree with the Watchtower's teachings. So it was much safer to ignore my comments and pretend they didn't hear the same little voice I heard.
Can Jehovah's Witnesses Question Their Faith?
Religious propaganda and Mind Control keeps JW's in constant fear of questioning their faith.
The threat of disfellowshipping and shunning makes Jehovah's Witnesses shake in their boots.
Members police themselves and report others who dare to speak their mind or break the rules.
Independent thinking is discouraged and is thought to be dangerous.
JW's pride themselves in being like-minded and speaking in agreement. Jehovah's Witnesses do not have freedom of speech when it comes to disagreeing with their Governing Body. God created us to be free. When this is taken away from us, it's normal for anyone to experience anger, frustration, hopelessness, depression, despair, and mental illness
Trying to bring reform from within the organization doesn't work because the Governing Body believes it is directed by God through his theocratic organization i.e. run by God through his representatives.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe their Governing Body is God's slave. Thus what the leadership says is thought to come from God himself.
Rebellion against God's slave is thought to be rebellion against God.
Are Jehovah's Witnesses a cult?
The only way for Jehovah's Witnesses to seriously question their faith is to leave the organization and speak up as an apostate Jehovah's Witness.
Their God is one of judgement. Even the slightest hint of idolatry is strictly forbidden. See Who Is Jehovah Critics say that assuming the authority of God as his slave, may be viewed by their God Jehovah as a modern day form of idolatry and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. If this argument is supported by the scriptures, the salvation of millions of Jehovah's Witnesses may be in jeopardy.