Why Fear the Truth?
The question which presents itself in this regard is the following: Are Jehovah's Witnesses different from everyone else when presented with evidence contradicting their own belief system? Are Jehovah's Witnesses afraid of investigating the organization's own history and teachings? Do they do this with full confidence that truth will prevail, or do they have such a great fear that they dare not undertake any investigation? Does the Watchtower Society encourage the individual Jehovah's Witnesses to investigate such matters?
The above mentioned article said:
How horrible! Imagine that! Some people actually refused to speak to them, and declined to read any Watchtower publications! And it becomes even clearer when they gave the reason. Their ministers forbade it. Well, well, how appropriate isn't the conclusion drawn in the same quote.
These people were "manifesting the same fear of the truth as those who refused to listen to Paul". Yes, of course I totally agree, people who wouldn't even talk and read something, just because they were told so by their ministers, do manifest a very strong fear of the truth!
How would the fearless Jehovah's Witnesses react if someone occupied in educational work, came to their door and wanted them to read material which were critical to their beliefs? If they refused to talk, and declined to read, wouldn't they manifest the same fear of the truth as the people described in the quote above? If they declined to read just because their "ministers" forbade it? Are Jehovah's Witnesses any different than those people described above?
Let us find out:
Yes indeed, what would you do? And even more interesting, what would your "minister" want you to do? Well, here's the answer:
When the Watchtower forbids its members to read literature critical to themselves, and labels it "spiritual pornography", they expect to be obeyed without question. At the same time the Watchtower claims that people who refused to read their own literature do so because they have fear of the truth! When the Jehovah's Witnesses do exactly the same we don't see the word fear mentioned anywhere. I do agree that the ministers couldn't have much confidence in their teachings and their flock, but are the Society's leaders any different? But since the Watchtower leaders for natural reasons can't use the word fear, what was their reason why the Jehovah's Witnesses shouldn't read the material?
Smooth reasoning eh? When everyone else refuses to read the Watchtower, it is out of fear of truth. When Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to investigate their own beliefs it because God has forbidden it!
The real reason why both the ministers and the Watchtower forbids their followers to read critical literature is excellently summed up in this quote:
The Watchtower leaders are naturally no more interested in losing their authority and hold they have on the Witnesses than the leaders of Christendom. That's the whole idea of religion anyway. To take "hold" of the individual and keep that "hold".
As we can see the Witnesses and the Watchtower are absolutely no different from all the others who want to believe in an illusion rather than know the truth. People with such a mental attitude will never experience real freedom. Many religious people hold to religious views for which there is no Scriptural or any other support and they are naturally afraid of anything dealing with this, and they understandably, fear the truth. They simply don't want to face up to the fact that their cherished beliefs are only figments of human imagination. As we can observe every day here on this forum [H2O], absolutely nothing is scarier for a faithful Jehovah's Witness than the truth!