After learning “the truth about the truth” (TTATT) at times I would experience cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. While I had learned the facts about the Watchtower organization I still had feelings rooted in almost 50 years of being a Jehovah’s Witness. My guess is that many who learn TTATT have the same experience. I still attend some meetings with my wife at the hall and just got back from the 2011 District Convention. When they sing, “If You Keep Your Eyes on The Prize” my eyes still water. Why is this? Why do I sometimes even wonder, “could I be wrong about these people?” The truth is, these are very good people who are trying to please God. However, the facts prove that they are being mislead and they truly are false prophets. So what am I going to do? Trust the facts or trust my feelings? As time goes by I will be able to trust my feelings more but for now I cannot ignore the facts and I must focus on them.
The definition of the word “fact” from Dictionary.com is: “1. something that actually exists; reality; truth… 2 something known to exist or to have happened… 3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true.
There are many definitions of the word “feeling” or “feelings” however this one suits this discussion from Dictionary.com: “indicating or characterized by emotion: a feeling reply to the charge.”
In the Watchtower 11/01/1953 article entitled, “Examining Islamic Teachings” After pointointing out contradictions in the Quran… Watchtower comments:
“While what has been said in the foregoing may offend some, let it be noted that we cannot expect to arrive at the truth when we let our feelings rather than our reason govern our beliefs. God’s Word says, “Come now, and let us reason together.” (Isa. 1:18) That means to make comparisons, calmly and objectively weighing the facts and the arguments presented, and then being willing to pay the cost, for the truth will cost something. That is why we are counseled: “Buy the truth, and sell it not.”—Prov. 23:23.”
So the Watchtower agrees we should trust the facts over our feelings. The Watchtower is very quick to point out contradictions, false teachings and false prophecies when it comes to other religions. However, when it comes to the history of the Watchtower and it’s facts, they try to cover it all up. Regarding the Watchtower Library CD jwfacts.com states, “On its CD library there are no publications available prior to 1950, even though all publications every written by the Watchtower Society could fit on just a couple of CD’s.” Why is this? Why do we need to resort to the internet and Bible Students to view the history of the Watchtower? While the Watchtower points out all the flaws and mistakes of other religions, they sweep their own faults and mistakes under the rug hiding the historical facts of their religion! To research and look up this historical information on the internet is considered apostasy!
“In Jehovah’s organization it is not necessary to spend a lot of time and energy in research, for there are brothers in the organization who are assigned to that very thing” Watchtower 1967 Jun 1 p.338
“False religious propaganda from any source should be avoided like poison! Really, since our Lord has used “the faithful and discreet slave” to convey to us “sayings of everlasting life,” why should we ever want to look anywhere else?” Watchtower 1987 Nov 1 p.20 Please Compare 1 John 4:1, 2 Corinthians 13:5, Proverbs 14:15
From the Watchtower 7/15/2005 Article “The Shrewd One Considers His Steps” we read:
Do Not ‘Put Faith in Every Word
Contrasting the ways of the inexperienced with those of the prudent, Solomon says: “Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) The shrewd one is not gullible. Rather than believing everything he hears or letting others do his thinking for him, he considers his steps wisely. Gathering all available facts, he acts with knowledge.
Take, for example, the question, “Is there a God?” The inexperienced one is inclined to go along with what is popular or with what prominent people believe. The shrewd one, on the other hand, takes time to examine the facts. He reflects on such scriptures as Romans 1:20 and Hebrews 3:4. In spiritual matters, a prudent person does not just accept the word of religious leaders. He ‘tests the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God.’—1 John 4:1.
How wise it is to heed the advice not to ‘put faith in every word’! Those entrusted with the responsibility to counsel others in the Christian congregation must especially take this to heart. The counselor must have the complete picture of what has transpired. He must listen well and gather facts from all sides so that his counsel is not unsound or one-sided.—Proverbs 18:13; 29:20.
The Watchtower has a double standard. On one hand we are told “not just accept the word of religious leaders” and this is backed up by scripture. Then on the other hand we are told this, “Since Jehovah God and Jesus Christ completely trust the faithful and discreet slave, should we not do the same?” Watchtower 2009 Feb 15 p.27
The following statement is from the book, “Mankind’s Search For God” (1990) by Jehovah’s Witnesses Page 10:
“In many countries now, owing to immigration and population movement, people of different religions share the same neighborhood. Therefore, understanding one another’s viewpoint can lead to more meaningful communication and conversation between people of different faiths. Perhaps, too, it may dissipate some of the hatred in the world that is based on religious differences. True, people may strongly disagree about their religious beliefs, but there is no basis for hating a person just because he or she holds a different viewpoint.—1 Peter 3:15; 1 John 4:20-21; Revelation 2:6.”
Say what? That was written by the Watchtower Society in 1990! Do they even read what they write? It’s almost laughable! Again, they said, “but there is no basis for hating a person just because he or she holds a different viewpoint.” But if a Jehovah’s Witness disagrees with the “faithful and discreet slave” they WILL BE DISFELLOWSHIPPED! Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to HATE “apostates” and those who disagree with “Gods people.”
Notice this article by the Watchtower:
Haters of God and his people are to be hated, but this does not mean that we will take any opportunity of bringing physical hurt to them in a spirit of malice or spite, for both malice and spite belong to the Devil, whereas pure hatred does not. We must hate in the truest sense, which is to regard with extreme and active aversion, to consider as loathsome, odious, filthy, to detest. Surely any haters of God are not fit to live on his beautiful earth. The earth will be rid of the wicked and we shall not need to lift a finger to cause physical harm to come to them, for God will attend to that, but we must have a proper perspective of these enemies. His name signifies recompense to the enemies. Watchtower 1952 October 1 p.599
Here we see the Watchtowers TRUE colors. This was written right around the time they enacted their new disfellowshipping policy. How does their view compare to Jesus words at Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you!”
Even though Jehovah’s Witnesses may hate us and label us apostates. Lets not be like them. Lets obey Christ and “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.” Lets also pay attention to all the facts and base our feelings on facts. “Keep on asking, and it will be given YOU; keep on seeking, and YOU will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to YOU. For everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6