@ Margaret Schultz - You have no clue regards to 1914. Russell taught that the end of the world was going to happen in 1914 or possibly 1915 based on not only 606BC but also on 1874 which was the return of Jesus from where Russell counted 40 years to 1914 parallel to fall of Jewish system in 70ad, which also coincided with Pyramid of Gyza calculations. It wasn't until 1943 when wts revised their calculations and made 1914 the return on Jesus and all that you teach others. So you're either ignorant or a liar. - see Russell's books, especially Thy Kingdom Come (also known as Study in the Scriptures vol 3)
Blood - maybe you should tell us percentage of people that survive blood transfusion vs percentage of dead jws who refused blood. Also why does mother's breast milk contain white blood cells which wts forbids and yet allows breast milk to babies? - compare wts stand on white cells and research into breast milk
@Jerry Coats - If you like to research and get your facts I suggest going over the following publications and checking the quotes used in them and see if wts doesn't take misquote, misrepresent, and take quotes out of context. "Life- how did it get here.., Origin of Life brochure, Trinity brochure, anything published regarding destruction of Jerusalem." Anyone checking sources will find many being totally out of context. Some authors who were quoted by wts were totally disgusted by the misrepresentation oftheir work and even wrote to society regarding it.
JWs born in like many other victims of cults don't know any better but to believe what they've been taught all their lives which may be similar to many other religions but the difference is that most religions people can be free to have their own beliefs within their culture, can be free to choose what education to pursue or what friends to have. In cult societies like wts, information is limited and freedom of research is discouraged. JW blackmail is prevalent in that if an individual has different views of the world than present wts teaching they have to be quiet and can't speak their mind or can possibly be shunned and not only by so called friends but immediate family members. If there are crimes, the chances are the church leaders will hear it before police does (pedophile cases is prime example) and judgements will be based on whether there are two witnesses to the act or if the accused admits to the crime. B.I.T.E. model is very clear when comparing wts to other cults. - compare international cult studies, Steven Hassan
If public wants to support giving money to cults then so be it, but chances are that the city never recovers these large contribution on a simple fact that jws as a general rule are in lower income bracket thus spend less. Many choose not to work full time or at all to support wts' recruitment (I know they call it preaching), to save money many will travel back and forth to save money on hotels due to financial restrains many have thanks to discouragement of higher education by wts. - see- recent Elder book & letters to elders regarding higher education and how jws might be viewed if they choose College
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