Help me with my final paper for Philosophy (need info on JW doctrine)
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#1 Apr 25, 2013
I am dating someone who has recently been disfellowshipped, and I am also enrolled in a University class about the theistic Existentialist Soren Kierkegaard. I have to write a final paper, and one of the major areas of concern for Kierkegaard is the fact that Christendom is corrupt, and just from what my boyfriend has been telling me, Jehovah's Witnesses fully embody this corruption.
What I need to know is:
Do you feel like Jehovah's Witnesses promote an objective or subjective relationship with God? Why?
Are there certain parts of the JW doctrine that you don't believe in?
Are there certain parts of the JW doctrine that the church does not practice or blatantly goes against?(From talking to my boyfriend, and from outside research, I have noticed great inconsistencies in the doctrine they present, and the doctrine they put into practice. This religion seems laden with hypocrisy.)
Are there specific pieces of scripture that you feel JWs misinterpret?
How do you feel about the religion as a whole? Is it serving its purpose and truly bringing people to the light of God, or is it a system that men use to control other men?
Finally, if you have been disfellowshipped, I want to hear your story. What was it like for you? How did they treat you in their meetings?
I have found a copy of the elder's book "Pay Attention to Yourself and Your Flock" if anyone needs it to reference.
Personally, I believe that men have no say over anyone's salvation. That is an individual, deeply personal relationship between one man and God, and it seems to me like JWs just want to control every aspect of their congregations lives, and they are some of the most un-christlike people I have ever heard of.
I would appreciate your help either by answering my questions, or bringing up any material related to the doctrine or how they conduct the practice of the doctrine.
Since: Jan 12
#2 Apr 25, 2013
One of the fundamental beliefs of JWs that separates them from Christianity is their belief in a Governing Body also called the Faithful and Discreet Slave, that was appointed by God in 1919.
JWs use this appointment to claim that they are the only "true religion" on the planet. They relegate all other forms of worship to false religion and claim that God will destroy these religions along with all their members.
They believe the only hope for mankind is to align themselves with the teachings of JWs. This belief is indoctrinated in all JW members in virtually every publication and religious meeting they have. The position of the JW governing body is claimed to be fixed in scripture, therefore any disagreement with the governing body will lead to excommunication, as disagreeing with them is tantamount to disagreeing with God. They feel that strongly about it!
The bottom line is that JWs are a high-control group/cult. If you visit any site on cults and review the characteristics and practices of cults, you will find that the leadership of JWs employ the same measures. Because of this, JWs have the highest turnover of any modern religion, with 1 in every 3 leaving the organization.
Complicating their claims are the volumes of doctrinal flip-flops and flat out errors that have plagued this group from its beginning. The organization has also engaged in false prophecy offering several time periods that was to mark God's final day of judgement. Basically they have a failure rate of 100% while claiming to be God's only authorized prophet.
Hopefully this helps. You at first will find JWs to be nice people. But soon you will find out they are mindless sheep and every behavior of theirs comes from conditioning from their leaders.
#3 Apr 25, 2013
well I believe , you should be careful to distinguish, between Jehovah God who is a spirit...and a religion that has his name called upon him...
And the reason you should be careful , is because God is no respecter of persons, and getting a degree , does not exempt punishment for one who breaks the second commandment .. in taking Gods name in vain.
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