Hello! Thank you for taking a little bit of time check out this website. This website looks at the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is different from other websites that examine the organization. Websites have been created that support the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Critical websites typically focus solely on doctrinal, organizational procedures, and practices within the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. This website has a historical section that compares old light and new light. The website’s main purpose is to not take a pro or anti-stance against the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. It serves primarily to examine the organization from the academic realm. Since I’ve never been a Jehovah’s Witness, this is NOT an apostate website.
The majority of material deals specifically with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society’s Writing Department as they write material and the Governing Body who approves this written material. This has material that the Watchtower has quoted from. The resources are both religious and secular in nature.
My involvement started in 2011. Witness came knocking at my door and try to convert me by using the introductory booklet entitled, What Does The Bible Really Teach? As I met with them, I noticed they had their own translation of the Bible called the New World Translation. In addition to this, I noticed they utilized was the book, Reasoning from the Scriptures (available as of August 1, 2014 on the Watchtower’s official website). As I read it, I noticed a pattern. These resources have ellipses (three periods in quick succession) when quoting material.
One of the things I furthered did was to look for this original material. I wanted to personally see what information was left out. Some of this information as I noticed it would go against what the organization taught. What I personally found was material being selectively cited to support the Watchtower’s position.
After looking through various quotes out of the book Reasoning from the Scriptures, this led to an investigation of the brochure entitled Should You Believe In The Trinity?
This brochure no longer printed or distributed for public use. As an individual who was written academic papers, I noticed that there were many citations that were not properly referenced. After researching further as to what the original author believed, I noticed that their information was selectively cited as well to support the Watchtower position. This was a direct contrast to what the original author did believe. Further research on some of the resources led to the discovery that some of the authors did hold some views similar to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society but not completely in agreement. Those are some things that I had noticed.
Looking at Watchtower History, I will ask two questions based upon Matthew 24:45-47:
- Is it proper food?
- Was it delivered at the proper time?
I am not here to declare that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Writing Department is right or wrong I am merely stating my observations. The big overarching question to ask as you research and review the information contained within the website deals with academic honesty-Is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society writing department academically honest? This can only be answered as you personally look through the website and see the surrounding context of the information given in accordance with I Thessalonians 5:21 (New World Translation) Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine
One final thought-if the writing department isn’t honest, what else could be not true about this organization?