Okay, I really don’t know how to put this one down so bear with me, okay?
Yesterday I posted an article on my Google+ account from the website e-watchman. I’ve always been a bit dubious of the e-watchman website since I came across it. It comes across as an apologetic’s view of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their publishing company of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (WBTS). I’ve read it here and there, a couple articles have struck me as being rather good and to the point. I know a lot of people who are attending meetings at their local Kingdom Hall that are not yet baptized and are actually critical of the religion and calling for reform. That’s an entirely whole different blog entry for me there.
Anyhow, I posted this article from the site that asked how many will be stumbled. It very pointedly said that many of those who call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses are being led astray by it’s publishing company, WBTS. This is something that I agree with, many who call themselves ‘faithful servants of the Almighty God, Jehovah’ are actually ‘faithful servants of the Almighty Watchtower’, thinking that because the WBTS call themselves the mouthpiece of Jehovah God that they are infallible (oh, do I recall a Watchtower from the 80s that asked if the Pope was infallible?). All things from the WBTS must be spoken and preached because Jehovah instructed it, right? They seem to forget that, according to their own ideology, that there have only been two, count them, Adam and Jesus, perfect men that have walked the earth (let’s not forget the one perfect woman “Eve” but I don’t recall them ever saying how Eve was created by god as well so therefore she must have been perfect as well….mmmm, I see another entry in just that statement alone). If they, those members of the Governing Body and the multitude of people who write the articles and publications are born imperfect, wouldn’t their publications be perceived as imperfect as well? Aren’t there bound to be mistakes in publications that are written by men? Oh I can hear the comments coming from the JW camp on that, “The WBTS is Jehovah’s mouthpiece, all their direction is from God himself and is law” but yet if you point out their failed prophecies such as the wonderful 1975 day of Armageddon, they will state how they are imperfect, mistakes were made, blah blah blah blah. They contradict their own statements by trying to defend themselves.
Anyhow, I get a comment made on the article I posted that stated the article came from an apostate site. When I call the person out on it, basically saying to him that stating it’s an apostate website is kind of unnecessary since it’s evident that it speaks against the WBTS (not Jehovah) and they seem to think that any negative to the WBTS thing website must make it an apostate site (let’s not even get into how they have warped the very definition of the word apostate and that unless they are born-ins, they are all apostates to their former religious faiths and political parties and such…this is proven by a cursory look up of the word in any dictionary). The guy says that he’s warning his brothers and sisters (why does that make me think of the story of Cain and Abel when Cain asks God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”) about the site and that I had hashtagged it (under a few hashtags such as #Jehovahswitnesses #Watchtower and that’s my usual when posting something related to them) in a community that he follows. So I point out that his own Governing Body cautions them not to comment on vlogs, videos, blogs, threads started by “apostates” and yet he felt this need to comment on my thread, me falling into the category of being an apostate because of my stance with that “religion” *coughcultcough*. He quotes a statement made by Jesus to Satan when Satan is tempting him with all the kingdoms of the world and yada yada yada, you all should be somewhat familiar with the story if you’re familiar with the Bible and Jesus says “Get behind me, Satan”. I found this funny since I recognized where the quote comes from timewise, that he’s basically calling me a Satan, a devil, a demon, whatever. I mention how I don’t even believe in that made up story of god and why say, ‘get behind me, Satan’, is that suppose to make me afraid? Why should I even be afraid of another made up entity? I have yet to receive any further comments since then, why is up to speculation.
But this got me thinking about the hashtagging. Just because you come across a hashtag on an article that is against your viewpoint, you know that this person is most likely a person that you shouldn’t even be speaking to (in the JW religion for instance), that it’s going to be a pointless discussion, why do they STILL feel the need to make some stupid comment like “apostate site”? What their fellow congregants can’t make that distinction themselves? Do they think that their statements of “repent to god” is going to make someone suddenly see “the errors of their ways”? Do they truly feel that they are so above everyone else that they have become swelled up with pride, think of themselves as being somehow important?
I don’t know, all I know is that I see so many things stated by people that I know no matter what I say is not going to change the mind of a person so I refrain from making some snap comment. (Rather I wait and think about wording and then make some kind of post or, like right now, a blog entry.) I don’t know, the more and more I see Jehovah’s Witnesses confront former members or people that speak out against them and I see their arrogance (not in all) it makes me recall the Sermon on the Mount with Jesus speaking what we know call “The Beatitudes” ,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (www.biblegateway.com Matthew 5:3-11)