What a shocking title! I’m obviously lying or at least greatly exaggerating? Actually no. Billions of people are going to die including children and babies and apparently this is perfectly OK. Why? Because a particular god said so. Who is this cruel and heartless god? How could anyone believe that this is OK? Is this a god that people believed in centuries ago? This can’t be today in the 21st century! This must be a tiny extremist group surely? Am I talking about a terrorist organisation? No.
You would probably shocked to learn that I am talking about millions of people that believe this today. They are very sincere in their beliefs and think that genocide on the part of their god is a display of love and kindness in addition to justice.
I am, of course, referring to the belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses that God will destroy all of the “wicked” people on the earth and that only those worshipping him will be allowed to survive to live forever on a paradise earth. So that’s billions of people who will die because they’re not Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Surely I’m just bitter and full of lies? Surely as long as a person lives a good life, even if this Armageddon as taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses does happen, it will be those who have a good heart and are good people whom God will save? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case according to Jehovah’s Witness teaching.
“Only Jehovah’s Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd,” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.” Watchtower 1989 Sept 1 p.19
“There are billions of people who do not know Jehovah. Many of them in ignorance practice things that God’s Word shows to be wicked. If they persist in this course, they will be among those who perish during the great tribulation.” Watchtower 1993 Oct 1 p.19
But perhaps in more recent times they’ve changed their beliefs and teach that all good people will be saved? Um… no, I’m afraid not.
“An even greater mistake would be to allow the faults of others to stumble us and cause us to leave Jehovah’s organisation. Were that to happen, we would lose not only the privilege of doing God’s will but also the hope of life in God’s new world.” Watchtower 2016 Jun study ed pp.25-26
“Really, our survival involves being devoted to Jehovah God and learning about the kind of conduct and deeds that please him. (Zephaniah 2:3) Rather than following the majority today and ignoring the clear signals that we are living in such important times, we need to “keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah.” Jehovah’s Witnesses can show you from the Bible how you can be a survivor of this upcoming day.” Watchtower 2015 May 1 p.8
“If we stop actively supporting Jehovah’s work, then we start following Satan. There is no middle ground.” Watchtower 2011 Jul 15 p.18
Basically, if you’re not a Jehovah’s Witness and believe everything that the Governing Body of the Watchtower organisation tells you then you are classed as “wicked” by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and you will die at Armageddon.
What about children and babies? Oh yes, this is a lovely bit of doctrine. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that children share in the sin of their parents. So if the parent isn’t a Jehovah’s Witness then the children and babies of said parent die too. Lovely.
“What will happen to young children at Armageddon? The Bible does not directly answer that question, and we are not the judges. However, the Bible does show that God views the young children of true Christians as “holy.” (1 Cor. 7:14) It also reveals that in times past when God destroyed the wicked he likewise destroyed their little ones.” Reasoning from the Scriptures pp.47-48
This was a constant terror for me as a child. I had reoccurring nightmares of dying in a nuclear holocaust because I wasn’t good enough. I was always told that I was doing things wrong by my parents, and then this was drummed home to me when I went to the meetings (three times a week) at circuit and district assemblies and in all of the
Watchtower publications, new and old. I was panic-stricken even as a child, even though my parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses, I might not survive Armageddon. We are all born sinful and we are all wicked. Satan and his demons are all around us trying to get us to sin against Jehovah. I would lie paralysed in bed most nights terrified that the Satan and the demons were in my room trying to talk to me, taunting me to get me to think bad thoughts and to do bad things. I was around three years old when I have my first memories of being tormented in bed like this.
I am so glad that my children have been spared the mental anguish of being persecuted by cult indoctrination. That they know that they are good people and deserving of love. They they aren’t going to die in a horrible fiery holocaust because of a meglamaniacal deity who cares more about a handful of people who read Watchtower publications rather than what’s in people’s hearts. I’m glad that I’ve been able to bring my children up surrounded by love and not fear.
I don’t hate Jehovah’s Witnesses. The majority are sincere yet severely mislead individuals who genuinely believe that they have “the truth”. I just hate the damage that has been caused by the fundamentalist doctrines. I just hope that one day more people will realise that it isn’t “the truth” and that these sort of teachings are abusive.
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