Jehovah’s Witnesses: If the Watchtower announced Armageddon coming within a year, would you sell your homes?
As you know, around 1968, the Watchtower announced another countdown for the end of the world (Armageddon). In May of 1974, it wrote:
“Brothers are selling their homes, selling their property, and quitting their jobs to finish out the rest of their days in pioneer service. Does that not warm our hearts? Certainly, this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.”
Earlier, I had asked why we don’t see these kinds of predictions being made by Catholics and Lutherans. One response was, “the difference is spiritual maturity.” That seemed like the best explanation to me.
But as a religion gets older, the members often become more spiritually mature. So I’m wondering how you think Jehovah’s Witnesses would react right now to the same kind of situation.
Let’s suppose that the Watchtower announces that Armageddon is going to happen next year. And let’s suppose that the Watchtower once again orders “all true worshippers of Jehovah to sell their homes, sell their property, quit their jobs, and engage in full-time pioneer work.”
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses now spiritually mature enough that they would ignore that kind of advice? If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, would YOU believe such a prophecy to be true? Would you follow the advice? Why or why not?
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@smiling JW: In response to your edit: If you have some specific questions about my doctrinal beliefs, then post a question for me to answer. I’ll give you a very complete response. If it helps you, my doctrines a similar to most independent Baptist churches (fundamental) except that I don’t agree with them about the KJV being the only accurate Bible version. I also don’t agree about interdenominational activities. As an aside, you (and most all JWs) keep your Q/A history private, have minimal details about yourself on the profile, and prevent others from contacting you via email. I’m not like that. I have nothing to hide. You can read everything I’ve written. Also, unlike many JWs, I do not maintain multiple accounts for the purpose of “gaming” the system. So keep in mind, that old adage about the pot calling the kettle black – or what Jesus said about removing the plank from your own eye before you remove the speck of sawdust from your brother’s eye.
Hi Pedro: I understand your line of thinking on this. One could make the argument that the Watchtower never set a specific date – but in order to believe that argument, one would have to play “lawyer games” by arguing about semantics and the word meanings. JWs will say that the Watchtower only “hinted” that the world would end in 1975. But the key question is not semantical analysis, but what the JW membership actually believed from reading the Watchtower. For example, what would YOU believe if you read this statement: “”If you are a young person today, you need to face the fact that you will never grow old. Why not? Because all the evidence indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years.” Now you can take that statement and you can spin it all you want, but you must understand the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses took it quite literally. And there were thousands of similar statements made by the Watchtower. This case is cut-and-dried.
Hi Pedro: Maybe I missing something by reading biased sources and using quotes from those sources (I don’t have direct access to old Watchtower Magazines). But I thought that it was pretty much common knowledge that the Watchtower falsely predicted the end of the world in 1975. Help me understand where I’m wrong. Are you saying that the Watchtower merely “suggested” the end of the world in 1975, but actually did not PREDICT it? And are you saying that all the Jehovah’s Witnesses who took this suggestion literally, were incorrectly reading what the faith & discreet servant had actually meant to say?