This section shows as simply as possible why key Watchtower doctrine are unfounded.
If you have read all the changed doctrines listed on this site, you will be aware of enough change to know that the Governing Body does not have Holy Spirit directing their interpretations. Jehovah has not presented through the Watchtower Society an accurate and unified body of Truth. The resultant implication of this is very important - current doctrines are equally likely to be incorrect.
There are two ways that a religion develops its doctrines - eisegesis and exegesis. Eisegesis is where scriptures are found to support a pre-existing belief, resulting in inaccurate doctrine and the possibility of any number of interpretations. A more respected approach is to arrive at doctrinal understanding through exegesis. Let a passage explain itself in its literary context, doing so in line with its relationship to other Biblical passages and parallel literature of the period. To understand Scripture, consider what it meant to the person making the statement and what it conveyed to the person spoken to, in line with what they already knew from other Scriptures, the point made at the time and the prevailing culture.
A large portion of Watchtower doctrine comes from an Eisegesis approach that has resulted in inaccurate doctrine, such as the following:
- Only 144,000 go to heaven
- Only Jehovah's Witnesses will survive Armageddon
- Use of the word Jehovah
- Normal behaviour, such as birthdays or belief in the cross is ungodly
- Shunning of former members
- Refusing to use blood
- That the Last Days started in 1914
Much of Watchtower teaching could never be arrived at by reading the Bible alone.
For this reason, those that leave and read the Bible in preference to the Watchtower regularly revert to common Christian beliefs.
"From time to time, there have arisen from among the ranks of Jehovah's people those, who, like the original Satan, have adopted an independent, faultfinding attitude...They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such 'Bible reading,' they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom's clergy were teaching ..." Watchtower 1981 Aug 15 p.29
Once you no longer believe the premise the Jehovah directs what comes forth from the Watchtower leaders, and read the Bible for what it actually says, you will find it remarkable that you ever thought the religion taught truth at all.