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Questions I had as a Jehovah's Witness

As a Jehovah's Witness, I had many questions.   I asked my mother and those I studied with many of the same questions over the years.  These questions always resurfaced. Circular logic was always used to try to convince me of illogical answers to my questions. When the person I was asking could not prove their point, they would get frustrated and tell me to either go talk to the elders, or it was strongly suggested that I should have faith in "the Society", as they are Jehovah God's sole channel of communication to those of us on Earth. 

I was told I should not question, other times I was told it was OK to question, but when I really questioned, I was accused on not having faith and as of recently I have been accused of "apostasy" by my own mother - that is leaving the teachings of the Christ.

When asked, "Don't you have faith?", it is a bit intimidating.  When studying with the elders and going over the 120 questions required to qualify me for baptism, asking my questions was met with these intimidation tactics.  My questions could not even be answered by the elders.  But, I quickly shut up, so that they would qualify me for baptism.  Afterall, I was told to be saved and to show my love to God I had to be baptized.  Knowing the track record of others who have questioned and been disfellowshipped for apostasy, quickly makes one back down.

This makes those of us who don't understand Jehovah's Witnesses' doctrines "Spiritual Hostages", especially if you have been raised in the religion and know you will lose your family if you cannot reach them.  And that is where I am at right now.

For over a year I have been relentlessly questioning things and seeking to find the truth through diligent research.  I have approached my sister, mother and even a pioneer sister who regularly calls on me.  No one is willing to take the research (research out of their own Watchtower publications and Bible) and look into it.  Instead I am accused of trying to witness to them with apostate information.  They refuse to go and look at their own publications - calling this information apostate.  My mother tells me she cannot get ahold of these old publications, but yet I know they exist in the Kingdom Hall library.  My mother has bound volumes of Watchtower publications going back to the 50's or later.  She won't even open them up and look at the articles I have found.  If you weren't scared, and if you were confident you really had the one true religion, you would go look them up and try to prove me wrong, but they refuse to even do that.

Here is a partial list of questions I commonly asked:

 

Jehovah's Witnesses claim all their teachings are from the Bible

Anyone who has studied with or talked to one of Jehovah's Witnesses has been told ALL their teachings and doctrines are from the Bible.  However, when you start to question where the biblical proof is, it cannot be produced.  When talking to a Jehovah's Witness, lovingly ask them,

"Where in the Bible does it say:"

  1. There is only one true religion and seven things identify the one true religion.
  2. Salvation is through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and identifying yourself as part of this "spirit-directed" organization is required to receive salvation.
  3. The "faithful and discreet slave" mentioned one time in a parable Jesus gave in Matthew 24:45 is the annointed members of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
  4. That making false predictions about the end coming is OK.  The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has made numerous predictions over the years, citing this is from God.
  5. Disfellowshipping members who are willing to follow the teachings of Christ but have human imperfections they struggle with is OK and to hate, shun and disown the disfellowshipped person, even family members is required.

Chances are they will use the scriptures sited on the linked pages, so be prepared to lovingly show them the truth about:

  • What really is required of salvation
  • That there is not any one true religion, but there is one faith
  • That God does not make the meaning of his word known through one earthly man-made organization (1Tim 3:15-17 tells us otherwise)
  • When someone says the information they are teaching is from God and it does not come true they meet the definition of a false prophet at Deuteronemy 18:20-22.
  • That it is not OK to abandon spiritually weak, struggling people who want to follow the teachings of Christ, but need help overcoming human imperfections.

This is only a partial list of what I consider to be teachings, not necessarily religious doctrines.

The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."