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Review of the FAQ’s on JW.org

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Like most corporate organisations the Watchtower have an FAQ section on their website http://www.jw.org. I was interested to see what questions they would put on here and indeed what response they have.

After going through all of these you can clearing see that what they paint on there website is very different to what actually is teach once you look into it.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves”. – Matthew 7:15

A false religion is not going to come to you shouting about their false 3, their un-biblical doctrine and there controversial teachings. So what they do is completely lie about things on there website to try to trap people into joining.
This may sound harsh, but it is very blatant what they do. I won’t go through every single one but lets go through so of them.

FAQ – Do You Shun Former Members of Your Religion?
Those who were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses but no longer preach to others, perhaps even drifting away from association with fellow believers, are not shunned. In fact, we reach out to them and try to rekindle their spiritual interest.

Every EX Jehovah’s Witness has just gone ….what??? We all know that this is completely un-true. We know this because not only have we all experienced this as EX Jehovah’s Witnesses, Watchtower literature says a very different story.

Such shunning would be appropriate, too, for anyone who rejects the congregation – Watchtower April 15th 1988, p.27

Clearing what they say on http://www.jw.org is completely false.
The article goes on to talk about what happens if a family is disfellowshipped :-

The religious ties he had with his family change, but blood ties remain. The marriage relationship and normal family affections and dealings continue.

Yet they write in a Watchtower last year..

“Really, what your beloved family member needs to see is your resolute stance to put Jehovah above everything else – including the family bond. … Do not look for excuses to associate with a disfellowshipped family member, for example, through e-mail.” – Watchtower Study Edition 2013 Jan 15 p.16

Next question though really takes the biscuit…

FAQ – Who Was Your Founder?

Although they talk briefly about Charles Russell this is what they say.
Since Jesus is the Founder of Christianity, we view him as the founder of our organization.

WOW! What a claim! Let me lay out some issues.

1) The Watchtower did not start till 1878, what was Jesus doing for nearly 2000 years? They may say that God was with people like John Wycliffe and William Tyndale (See Watchtower 15/08/2009), the reality is that these men of God where Trinitarians and would have refuted Watchtower doctrine.

2) Jesus did not come to set up an organisation, he came to set up a relationship. “Come to ME all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest”. Matt 11:28″. “I am the way the TRUTH and the life” John 14:6.

3) Jesus was really clear to Peter “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.“Matthew 16:18….This may come as a shock but Charles taze Russell did not start the Watchtower from the rock that Jesus quoted!

FAQ – Why Are You Called Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Jehovah is the personal name of God, as found in the Bible.
No it isn’t. Let me break down where the name JEHOVAH came from. You may wish to share this with you Jehovah’s Witness friends. The Hebrew name for God in the orginal Hebrew was Y H V H and the Hebrew name for Lord was A D O N A I. A group of Scribes in the 1500’s known as the Masoretes added a system of vowel points to enable the preservation of the original pronunciation. So they smushed these 2 words together and it spelled out YAHOVAH, and translated into english is JEHOVAH. I don’t think its a sin to call God Jehovah, but to claim it is the personal name of God is false.

One more…..

FAQ – Do You Ban Certain Movies, Books, or Songs?
No. Our organization doesn’t review specific movies, books, or songs so as to rule on what our members should avoid.

Once again as a former Witness I know that this is not the case. Here are some quotes for you… Awake 08/02/1993 until the title “What is wrong with my music”, you get a very different story about what music you are and are not allowed to listen to. Awake 22/07/1990 “Does It Matter Which Movies I See?” Tells us why we are not supposed to watch R-rated films. Watchtower 15/05/1974 “The Music You Choose” again you see that the Watchtower do tell you what you are and are not allowed to listen to.
If you maintain that the Watchtower do not ban books….well then I would encourage you to read Crisis of Conscience by Ray Franz who was a former governing body member, then see whether or not the elders have an issue with it.

The website http://www.jw.org is designed to try and help you see that they are the only Christian organisation that are doing Gods will. I hope that this article helps you see that not only are they happy to lie about their doctrines, they are not a Christian organisation at all.

Ephesians 5:11 – Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

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5 Responses »

  1. Reblogged this on My Journey .

  2. I’m sorry, but your twist on these questions are false. I too am a former J-dub because i chose not to live my life in the way they encourage. However witnesses DO NOT ban specific books, films or music. I was always guided to make those choices myself. It stands to reason for a wholesome family (for arguments sake) not to watch an R-Rated movie that will contain violence, sex or drug references etc. However, they don’t list movies individually saying you can or cannot watch this or that. The rest of my family are still in ‘the truth’ but i don’t criticism them for that. They call Jesus their founder because it is him that they look to as an example. Jesus constantly referenced the old testament and set up the disciples in their preaching work. Who still does that today? JWs. I still get them knocking from time to time. CT Russel merely helped bring bible truths to the fore. And over time witnesses stopped celebrating christmas (which most other christians celebrate knowing it has pagan origins), stopped fighting or working in munitions factories (which other christians willing) stopped smoking etc etc. I don’t see the harm in avoiding any of those things. Obviously there are more. I’m just giving brief examples.

    They don’t ‘shun’ former members. I’ve been to memorial talks at the kingdom hall since. I respect that i’m not to engage with the members of the congregation there as i am disfellowshipped, but for those who simply stop attending meetings or are in a slump every effort is made to encourage them and welcome them back. That’s exactly what i experienced before i messed up. The elders phoned me when i missed meetings, tried to encourage me and invited me places. I chose to ignore them and do what i wanted. However, i don’t feel shunned. If you were a member of any club shall we say and you decided you wanted to do your own thing and not follow the rules… you get kicked out. Why should it be any different for someone who doesn’t want to live by their high standards. Just find another religion that lets you do what you want if it bugs you so bad. I for one thing believe they’re right… i’m just not a good enough person to live a clean life like that.

    And finally, jehovah IS the personal name of god. Look it up in any encyclopaedia, dictionary or history book. JWs aren’t the only ones who acknowledge that. Watch Indiana Jones for goodness sake, it’s even there! YHWH or HWHY as it would have been read in Hebrew is found over 7000 times in the original texts, the vowels were then added for us to pronounce. Ok, so perhaps its being pronounced wrong but in different countries it has different pronunciations just like Michael, Michel, Mikael etc etc The King James Bible even shows it.

    Cheer up! Why not just get on with your life and forget whatever bad experience you’ve had. Move on.

    • Hi Toni,

      Thanks for your message.

      If I could provide you evidence that your comment was completely wrong…would it make your opinion any different at all?

    • I am not with the JWs, but the original Hebrew, although it did not have written vowels for any word, did use vowels when they spoke those words; that includes God’s Holy Name, which is often represented in English as “Jehovah” (based on the Masoretic text) or “Yahweh” (based on someone’s transliteration of a Greek form which leaves out middle syllable). Nevertheless, many have the wrong conclusion that it was only the Holy Name that did not contain any written vowels; the fact is that no word, no name, in the original Hebrew, had any written vowels. Vowels were supplied orally when spoken, but they were not written. The Masoretes added vowel points several centuries after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

  3. Charles Taze Russell himself never advocated an organization such that JW organization. Indeed, right until his death, he preached against the need of any such authoritarian organization, and preached Christians should be joined to Christ, not an organization.

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