Under the microscope – the Watch Tower Society’s claims to divine direction (part 3)

As Jehovah’s Witnesses we are known for our preaching work – but just how global is it?

Part 3 – Are we preaching in all the inhabited earth?

In a series of articles, I am scrutinizing the claim often made in Watchtower literature that Jehovah’s Witnesses are alone in representing God’s chosen people, and that the Watch Tower Society (in particular, its Governing Body) represents God’s sole channel for communicating with mankind.

There are four commonly used lines of reasoning for arriving at the above conclusion. These are as follows:

If you are interested in this subject, and perhaps wonder yourself whether or not the claims made in the Society’s literature are true regarding the uniqueness of Jehovah’s Witnesses, then I would urge you to carefully consider my articles that deal with each of the above arguments. In doing so, you are closely testing the foundation of your faith.

If what I have to say on each subject is untrue, then this should be clearly evident. If, however, what I say makes sense and my articles cause you to examine your beliefs more closely, then you will have taken another step towards discovering the real truth, however unexpected or shocking it may prove to be. Regardless, please be assured that I understand your internal dilemma, and I hope that you will find the following information helpful.

“A witness to all the nations”

In speaking to his disciples on the Mount of Olives, Jesus answered certain questions regarding events that would lead to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, and (on a broader scale) the Jewish system of things. One indicator of these ominous events was provided in the following prediction from Jesus:

“And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 – New World Translation)

Jesus reaffirmed this idea of an “earth wide” preaching campaign when he spoke to his disciples again following his resurrection, saying:

“Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 28:19,20 – New World Translation)

As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we use these two scriptures frequently to explain and promote the urgency of our preaching activity. We also assume that the above words spoken by Jesus had a dual fulfilment – firstly in the First Century A.D., followed by a grander fulfilment in the modern era. Assuming this interpretation is correct, Jesus’ true disciples may be identified by their preaching to (and conversion of) people of “all the nations” of the “inhabited earth”. This prompts the following three questions:

  • Are Jehovah’s Witnesses preaching “in all the inhabited earth”?
  • Are Jehovah’s Witnesses making “disciples of people of all the nations”?
  • If they are doing the above, are they the only ones doing it?

I will tackle each of these questions in turn, and explore the answers from an honest and factual perspective. It is then entirely down to you to decide whether the information I provide is accurate, and/or whether it has any bearing on the claims made in the Society’s publications.

To help explain my arguments more clearly, I have prepared the following video presentation. The video has been made to illustrate some of the points that are subsequently made in this article. If you have a spare 12 minutes, I hope you will find it interesting…

For a newer version of the above video based on 2013 figures, click here.


In all the inhabited earth?

Needless to say, the “inhabited earth” is a very big place. Our planet has a population of over 7 billion men, women and children spread across nearly 200 countries. It seems highly unlikely that any worldwide preaching campaign, no matter how well-organized, could ever reach all of these people individually. However, to the God of the universe, “all things are possible”! (Matt 19:25) So, when it comes to the preaching work, we might reasonably expect a strong presence by Jehovah’s Witnesses as God’s chosen people in each and every country. Is this what we find?

Each year the Society prints a worldwide report in our Yearbook. The worldwide report for 2011 may be found on pages 44 to 55 of the 2012 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a download is available here). The report lists the publisher figures from 206 “lands” (including islands and territories), as well as a further 30 “Other Lands” at the bottom of the list. We might well ask, what are these “Other Lands” to which the annual report refers?

Put simply, these “Other Lands” are countries where the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses is under governmental ban, or where Jehovah’s Witnesses are openly persecuted. The Watch Tower Society never mentions the names of these countries in the report, because it doesn’t want to officially recognize that its representatives are active in these countries despite the work being prohibited or opposed. It is therefore difficult to say definitively which countries are encompassed by this figure. However, it is relatively straightforward to find out which countries the Society is NOT active in merely by seeing which countries are missing from the list. When we do this, we realise that there are in fact 33 lands (not just 30) of noteable size that are missing from the worldwide report. These countries are as follows:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Western Sahara and Yemen.

The above countries, the majority of which are under Islamic or communist governments, represent a considerable portion of the earth’s population. Based on my calculations, over 1.9 billion people live in the above list of countries – a staggering 27% of the Earth’s population! When joined together, the total landmass of these countries is an eye-watering 9.8 million square miles. You could comfortably fit North America into a land mass of that size. A world map showing these countries “under ban” (highlighted in red) is included below:

In case you are interested, the lands highlighted in orange are those countries included on the worldwide report with almost impossibly low publisher figures in comparison with the population. For example, in Bangladesh last year there was an average of 1 publisher to 1,062,086 citizens of that country (984,715 if you use the figure for peak publishers to produce the ratio, as the Society does). So next time you visit Bangladesh, your chances of meeting one of Jehovah’s Witnesses are 1 in a million!

The lands highlighted in yellow show slightly more publishers per population than those in orange, between 0.01 and 0.05%. It is interesting to note that all countries either under ban or with fewer publishers-to-population are grouped together and mostly straddling the equator. It is also interesting that most of Europe and all of the Americas are untouched by this huge hole in publisher numbers.

Just how bad is it?

Let’s return for a moment to those lands under ban (in red) which occupy such a considerable swathe of the Earth’s land surface (17% if you’re interested). We might well ask – what impact are Jehovah’s Witnesses having in these countries? Well, the 2012 Yearbook informs us that there was a peak of only 26,272 publishers spread across 30 of these “Other Lands” last year. That’s 0.0014% of the total population of these countries under ban, or (put in simpler terms) one Jehovah’s Witness for every 72,207 people in this part of the world! Think about that number for a moment. Only a few of the world’s larger sports stadiums could seat more than 70,000 people – and we are talking about one person, sitting in such a vast crowd, being representative of the collective number of Jehovah’s Witnesses in these “Other Lands”!

The JW-to-population ratio in banned countries can be likened to one person in a packed stadium of over 70,000 people

True, the worldwide report indicates that the number is increasing. Last year saw a 12.7% increase in average publisher numbers for these countries combined. However, when we consider how few people are represented by this percentage (an increase of 2,762 over the average publisher figures for the year before), we find the growth statistic disappointing to say the least. Last year there was a greater increase in the number of average publishers in Peru (3,182) than there was across all of the 30 “Other Lands” combined. Put simply, the lower the existing number of publishers, the less impressive the growth percentage is. For example, the Falkland Islands managed an astounding 100% increase last year when the number of publishers for those islands skyrocketed from… 5 to 10! It almost doesn’t matter.

You see, everything is relative. Yes, the number of publishers increased last year in the “Other Lands”, but considering there were so few publishers to begin with, it looks like Jehovah’s Witnesses will continue to be an “endangered species” in those countries for the foreseeable future. Imagine our lonely JW sports fan in the stadium full of 72,207 people. He manages to increase his size by 12.7% in a year, maybe by eating a few too many cheeseburgers. In the greater scheme of things, compared with the heaving masses of people seated around him on all sides and rows of the stadium, his growth is almost inconsequential.

“People of all the nations”

This brings us back to the issue of a worldwide preaching campaign. Can it truly be said that we are “making disciples of people of all the nations”? Ask yourself honestly: how can we really be preaching the kingdom message in “all the inhabited Earth” when Jehovah’s Witnesses are virtually non-existent (only 1 in 72,207) in a list of countries comprising 27% of the Earth’s population?

If our preaching work has God’s backing, why are Jehovah’s Witnesses virtually unheard of in many asian and middle eastern lands?

Try looking at this in another way. Just imagine next time you go out in field service only knocking on 3 out of every 4 doors. So you knock on three doors in succession, and miss the fourth door out – not even writing it down as a “not at home”. As far as you’re concerned, the householder doesn’t exist. That is essentially what is happening on a global scale. Jehovah’s Witnesses only make up 0.1% of the Earth’s population, but we at least have a reasonably well-organized preaching campaign in 206 lands of the world. However, an additional 30 lands (in which we are almost absent) happen to make up 27% of the world’s population! Such a huge amount of people cannot easily be ignored.

If Armageddon came tomorrow, the vast majority of 1.9 billion people in these countries would not even know who Jehovah’s Witnesses are, never mind what our message is. Remember, in these countries it is almost impossible to engage in the preaching work without being arrested or perhaps even killed. When you think about it that way, can you honestly say that we are preaching the good news “in all the inhabited earth”? At best, we are preaching the good news in less than three quarters of the inhabited earth, and even then, only to the extent possible. Even in some countries where the work is not under ban, Jehovah’s Witnesses are so few in number that some congregations simply cannot visit every home in their territory, even on a yearly basis. The congregation of which I am currently a member is a good example of this. If your congregation is mostly rural and covers a large geographical territory, then you will likely know what I mean.

Am I being unfair in pointing out the shortcomings of our worldwide preaching campaign? To an extent, yes I am. After all, it takes a tremendous amount of dedication and organization to conduct a preaching campaign in the 206 lands that are named in the worldwide report. However, we should not fall into the trap of viewing this issue from human standards. According to the Society, this is God’s final preaching campaign, with billions of lives in the balance. Evidently, your chances of learning the “good news” of God’s kingdom depend greatly on what part of the world you live in, or (more precisely) whether your government is democratic or authoritarian. Next time you find yourself marvelling at the figures in the worldwide report, ask yourself the following questions:

  • If Armageddon came tomorrow, how many people in the world would know about us?
  • Is Jehovah only interested in those living in countries that are not ruled by Islamic or communist governments?
  • If Jehovah were truly blessing our work, would he not make sure that the organization experiences more growth in these kinds of countries regardless of the political climate?
  • If the people in these “other lands” are to be judged by Jehovah regardless of whether or not they have been preached to by Jehovah’s Witnesses, then why does Jehovah want us to preach in the lands that aren’t under ban as a matter of life or death? Why the double standard?
  • How can it be said that we are preaching in “all the inhabited Earth” if over a quarter of the planet’s population cannot hear our message?

 Are we the only ones doing it?

As Jehovah’s Witnesses we are well-known for our public preaching work. In fact, apart from the issue of blood transfusions and media allegations of tolerating child abuse, the preaching work is possibly the only thing we are known for as a religion. We have developed a reputation for our tireless dedication to our ministry. However, we might well ask ourselves, are we the only ones preaching?

Think about this for a moment, what is preaching? My Oxford dictionary defines it as follows:

Preach – deliver a sermon; expound (the Gospel, etc.); speak in favour of, advocate.

The Society has this to say when quoting from A Greek-English Lexicon, by H. Liddell and R. Scott:

The Greek ke·rys′so, which is commonly rendered “preach,” means, basically, ‘make proclamation as a herald, to be a herald, officiate as herald, proclaim (as conqueror).’ The related noun is ke′ryx and means ‘herald, public messenger, envoy, crier (who made proclamation and kept order in assemblies, etc.).’ Another related noun is ke′ryg·ma, which means ‘that which is cried by a herald, proclamation, announcement (of victory in games), mandate, summons.’ (Insight On The Scriptures, Volume Two, page 671)

“Mormonism” is just one of many religions that expands through preaching its beliefs

So essentially, if you preach, you tell others about something. You proclaim it, expound it, and speak favourably of it. Can this only be done by going from house to house? Of course not. Preaching can be done in a variety of scenarios. It is for this reason that there are so many Christian denominations spread around the globe, many of which dwarf Jehovah’s Witnesses in size. Some, like the Mormons (numbering over 14 million), preach from house to house. Others preach in their own unique ways, by using films, media or the internet to get their message across.

Regardless of how they do it, whether the believer is Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Buddhist, they are all preaching. The evidence of their success is all around us. My friend Paul Grundy put it simply when he wrote: “All religions preach in some form. Otherwise they would not have any members.” In fact Paul has written an excellent article entitled “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses the only ones that preach?” – I would encourage you to read it with an open mind.

“What is truth?”

You may say “but those other religions aren’t preaching the truth from the bible!” I reply, as did Pilate: “What is truth?” (John 18:38) From a Mormon perspective, they are the only ones preaching the truth about God’s purpose for mankind. From our perspective, we are preaching the truth, and they are not. Who is right? Whether we have grown up as Jehovah’s Witnesses or have been associated with the organization for many years, does this automatically mean that we are the only ones preaching the good news and nobody else? Might a Mormon be tempted to reason along similar lines regarding his faith, based solely on what he knows? How would he discover otherwise without undertaking an honest and thorough examination of his beliefs?

Ultimately, the truth about the bible must be determined on an individual basis. Yes, if a Mormon were to closely scrutinize his beliefs against the scriptures, he would likely find that not all of them are based on Jesus’ teachings. But ask yourself honestly, what is your message when you go preaching from door to door? Are you preaching God’s word, or are you distributing literature? Are you telling people to follow Christ as their mediator, or are you encouraging them to join an organization that takes its orders from a group of men? What are we known for when we go on the ministry – for urging people to follow Christ, or for talking about Jehovah, the “organization” and life in a paradise on Earth? If you were to examine your beliefs closely, you may well make some shocking discoveries, but I would urge you to do so from an honest and open-minded perspective. (2 Cor 13:5) You might be surprised at just how little your faith has to do with facts and logic, or even Christ’s teachings for that matter.

In summary

Hopefully this article has at least provided you with some food for thought on this subject. I certainly hope you have found none of what I have said too shocking, and I apologize if this is the case. Perhaps you still believe that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only ones preaching the good news in “all the inhabited earth” and making disciples in “all the nations”. On the other hand, perhaps you agree that, even if we are preaching the good news, we certainly aren’t reaching the whole world – not by a long stretch.

The small statistic that you so often glance over when reading the worldwide report actually represents more than a quarter of the world’s population, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are almost non-existent in these “30 Other Lands”. It’s therefore unreasonable and frankly arrogant for us to suggest that we are reaching everyone, when we are in fact just scratching the surface of a very large planet.

In my final article, I will look at the main reason given by the Society to explain why it enjoys God’s sole approval – the selection by Christ in 1919. I hope you will find this article both interesting and enlightening. In the meantime, I would like to thank you for following this discussion thus far, and I commend you for your bravery in doing so.


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22 Responses to Under the microscope – the Watch Tower Society’s claims to divine direction (part 3)

  1. why did the apostle say that the good has reach all creation under heaven when some parts have not had access to the good news? Cedars, u are simply a jealous of the increase of JW’s. note that they are preaching in more than 230 lands. that have never said that they are preaching in all the countries of the world. make practical use of sound reasoning please

  2. Unhappy & upset Witness says:

    I don’t know if anyone has been following this story out of Gresham Oregon but its very disturbing because the creep that murdered this young woman was a fellow Jehovah’s Witness

  3. KtotheRAD (Konrad) says:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses love to try to paint a pretty picture with…pretty pictures and words like “Spiritual Paradise” which is not even in the Bible, but the reality is for many painful criminal abuse, deprivation and loss, ostracism, slander and sanctioned Rights violations, loss of property and homelessness after repeated ritual disciplining and so much more for only being sick and weak or an undesirable person in their eyes…this is widely a systemic pattern and issue well known to the Society…

  4. Vadir says:

    Also consider this: birth rate on earth is approx 330,000 a day or 120 million a year. Number of JW baptims: less than 300,000 annually. Imagine the gap: 300,000 vs 120,000,000. 120,000,000 of whom the majority btw is born in countries where JW’s are almost non-existent. This very fact undeniably proves the proselytizing really is a lost deal. Was a mind opener for me (before I even started looking for ‘apostate’ info on the web).

  5. Julia Orwell says:

    You don’t have to say anything that’s not true to make your point! You are systematising ideas I’ve held for a while now, so thanks for having the courage to make this site.

    I believe most of Jehovah’s Witnesses are the most wonderful people and sincerely try to live by Jesus and Jehovah, and this is why I’ve been one for so long, out of a desire to serve God and Jesus. However, I’ve had some doubts about the FDS these last few years, and now they are coming to fruition with my own personal Bible study when I see the GB has some ideas that don’t fit right with what I’m learning in the Bible.

    I love God and I love Jesus, and want to do the right thing by them!

    You my brother, may be dfd eventually for exposing less-than-favourable facts but your courage may enable people to serve God and Jesus the way they want to be served; there are JWs who do this, but many of us are having some real problems keeping up with what the WTS says we should do. We are then told the problem is with us, and not going to meetings or witnessing.

    Since seeing what Jesus really wants, my depression is almost curing itself, and my chronic fatigue syndrome too!

    Love to you, brother in Christ!

  6. Strongisland34 says:

    the question to ask is when “preaching” the good news to people at what point are you leading them to Christ….(having them recognize that they are a sinner and are separated from God) In all the visits to people and return visits, when are you leading them to Christ. Since the bible wasnt written for the sinner and the cant understand it since its a mystery to them that dont believe, how can they understand what you are trying to show them in the bible if their eyes are not even open to what God is saying…I hope when JW’s go out preaching that they of course pray for the Holy Spirit to convict the people that they are trying to reach. Show them where it says that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son to die on the cross or tree for us….Let the Holy Spirit do the work for you and when we allow that to happen God will do it not you the person….if the unbeliever doesnt accept what you are trying to show them, thats fine, you have introduced God in their life and they cant run from that…Maybe thats why it takes sooo long to convert someone to JW because there is no conversion to Christ first….Christ is the way not JW or organization…Ephesians 1:18 “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”

  7. mumqueen says:

    I think this article is very narrow. It is only JWs where ALL the members take part in preaching and teaching. My brother-in-law claims to follow Jesus’ footsteps but has never told me about his faith and would never go knocking on doors. Also the JWs don’t only go door to door. They approach people wherever they are to tell them about the good news of how Jesus died for us. They may have their faults but they do try to follow Jesus’ example. I’m beginning to think that you are a Mormon because you go on about them so much. I don’t go to the JW meetings anymore due to their limited ability to love all members but I know that they are not as wrong as you make out in this article.

  8. Excelsior, formerly known as George says:

    mum queen, thank you for your post. You have already abandoned the meetings, because you do not see love in the congregation.

    Good for you. Jesus said that we would know who was following his example correctly by the good fruitage of their labours.

    Love for everyone is a prerequisite of being a Christian. The bible says that it is impossible to love God f we don’t love our fellow human beings.

    I would encourage you to think deeply about what fruitage your actions produce. Jesus was a force for mercy and compassion. If you can show compassion for others then you are showing respect for his teachings.

    I wish you well with your journey

    Peace be with you


  9. Crazyguy says:

    Jesus said the kingdom of god is like a large net collecting every kind of fish. The bible also says anyone believing in Christ is a sons of god. It goes on to say do not exalt yourselves and do not judge.

    Any Christian religion that makes any claim of being the only true religion is clearly wrong.

  10. tallad says:

    Good point , not all religions that claim to love and fallow Christ could claim that,in spite of all the organization failings,after all each individual JW will give an account to Jehovah for their dealings. As for the Mormons,you see only young ones only they ride their bikes(for a year,they retire after that) without stopping to talk to people,or when the spirit moves them to.they do not used the bible but the book of Mormon.

  11. ADK800 says:

    I am sure even in Noah’s time there were people who asked Noah, why you? and how will you preach to all of us? Rain? What is rain? how can water come from heaven…? 2Peter3:9 god does not want any of us to perish….if there are people in China or any of the 30 territories deserving to survive Armageddon tomorrow…dont you think Jehovah has a better plan than for that?

    • mumqueen says:

      None of us knows Jehovah’s mind like he does. Therefore we need to trust that he will do what is right when armageddon comes. But in the meantime we can do our best to reach as many people as possible with the message of hope and the warning of destruction.

  12. Excelsior, formerly known as George says:

    mum queen, why is there any need for “destruction”?

    Who do you think is worthy of destruction?

    As soon as folks start talking about destruction, I get very concerned. If your God is the personification of Love, why would he destroy anything at all? We have discovered that behaviour is in many cases made more likely by genetic differences in people. To be clear, it doesn’t make someone do a particular thing, it will mean that they are more likely to do it. We do not get to choose our genes. So why should a loving God destroy someone for simply being born with different genes?

    We also know that behaviour is affected by our nurture. This simply means the environment in which we are raised. Again, we have no choice as children where we are born or how we are raised. Will a loving God destroy someone for simply being born into a culture?

    The fact that genetics and nurture affect our behaviour is a matter of scientific consensus. Indeed, courts in many lands take these considerations into account when sentencing.

    I ask you, would a God of love have to destroy anything and anyone at all? Couldn’t he help people to fulfil their potential instead?

    Now we move onto a biblical point.

    Do you agree that Jesus Christ was a ransom sacrifice, the second Adam, if you will?

    Let’s look at the consequences of Adam’s sin first of all.

    Adam (and Eve) sinned against God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. On that day, they began to die.

    Significantly for my argument, that sin and death was passed on to ALL descendants, regardless of how good or evil those descendants were. Holy one or sinner, both died.

    Now, if Jesus is indeed the ransom of Adam (and Eve), his sacrifice then applied to ALL, regardless of how good or evil those people are.

    The sacrifice has to be exactly the same as the sin.

    So, according to this argument, no one should die! God is not a destroyer, he is a God of love.

    If Jesus’ sacrifice only applies to JWs, as Anthony Morris III believes, then that is only covering a few million people. The population stands at around 7 billion or so.

    Finally, I would humbly ask you to think deeply about the consequences of killing billions of people would have on any survivors. Would you want to live in a paradise bought at such cost?

    Peace be with you


    • mumqueen says:

      Excelsior, ask the people suffering torture, starvation (caused by globalisation), war, polluted water, living in slums because the wealthy steal all the resources etc. etc. The “world” of today is being influenced by satanic forces, but millions are striving to live a good life. Would you leave bad tenants in a house you owned after you have warned them of the consequences of their actions? Do you think that Jehovah’s beautiful Earth will survive another generation under the present conditions? Our god is bringing all this to an end because he loves his creation. Yes, he is a god of love and it saddens him to see even one person die but they have the choice to do good and live or not. You are just an apologist for evil. I prefer the hope of peace, good health and happiness above letting all and sundry continue on the Earth making me and millions of others suffer.

  13. Excelsior, formerly known as George says:

    ADK 800,

    As I have just mentioned, Anthony Morris III, has given speeches that imply that he believes that only JWs will survive Armageddon.

    You raise Noah’s flood as an example. You do realise that there wasn’t an earth wide flood?

    There is no evidence whatsoever for a flood that covered all the land masses of Earth at that time.

    As for your contention that rain was unknown before the flood, well, sorry, but it just isn’t the case. Water has rained down on the surface of Earth for millions and millions of years.

    You see, we are talking about the potential destruction of billions of people here. It is as serious as it gets.

    Raising a bible story as an argument to support the fact that JWs have it right, is frankly ridiculous.

    Most folks who happily talk about the deaths of billions of people have never really thought about what they are saying. Close your eyes. Now, think that everyone in your street is dead. Everyone in your town is dead. Everyone, apart from the witnesses in their Kingdom Halls, in your country is dead. Everyone, apart from the JWs, is dead around the whole globe.

    Now I’m sure that you’ve met countless kind and decent non witnesses in your life. They are dead.

    Your family members who are not witnesses are dead.

    You are surrounded by dead people. A God who describes himself as Love would just not do that.

    I encourage you to do some research on Noah’s Flood. You will find that no evidence supports it. Indeed, you will find that if it had happened, there would be unambiguous evidence that it had occurred. No such evidence exists.

    Peace be with you


  14. Excelsior, formerly known as George says:


    I shall attempt to discuss the points you raised.

    1. The world is being affected by “Satanic forces”. Surely, if these forces are removed, then human beings will be better able to understand God’s love and change their ways? Why do they need to die before they’ve had that chance?

    2. Your argument about bad tenants is not a suitable analogy. If a bad tenant is evicted, he or she is not killed. They merely move on to another property. Will God give people the chance of moving out?

    3. The earth will survive for billions more years. True, there are grave ecological concerns that need a united effort to face, but life as we know it can continue for at least another hundred years or so.

    4. You contend that people who are killed will have had a chance to do good. The definition of good and evil is by no means universal. People may believe they are doing good, but in fact be doing evil. As an example, look at the WTBTS’ handling of child abuse and domestic violence.

    5. You prefer the hope of peace, good health and happiness above letting all and sundry continue on earth making you and millions of others suffer.

    Surely, you are not placing your own happiness above that of others, are you? How can that be a Christian position?

    These “all and sundry” are your fellow human beings. They may not be living a Christian life, but they still deserve to be treated with love, as your leader, Christ, told you to do.

    I sense a lot of bitterness in you. Your life stinks and so it is everybody else’s fault, and they should just get off the earth and allow your so called paradise to reign.

    Lastly, we come to your contention that I am an apologist for evil. That is just so contrary to any Christian principle that it doesn’t even deserve a response.

    Peace be with you


  15. jannapr says:

    True Jesus said that this good news would be preached in all the earth, but he also did mention an evil slave that would be present when he comes and never said that the witnesses will be invincible. He made clear that many would be betrayers and so on . It was mentioned that there would be lawlessness in the Temple of The God.(2Thes 2:3-10) So maybe yes good news preached but does not mean their all exceptable.

  16. Marcelo says:

    Hola los testigos de Jehová tenemos muchos defectos incluso hay falsos testigos de Jehová mezclados entre nosotros pero solo dime,¿Hay otra religión que ofrezca algo mejor que los testigos de jehová? Si sabés la respuesta solo dímelo porque yo aun no he encontrado algo mejor ni creo que pueda hacerlo…

  17. You say you are a Jehovah’s whitenes ???? When was the last time you visited a Kingdom Hall???? Looks and sounds like you are an apostate .IF we are not being used by Jehovah & jesus as his Christian congregation then please let the world know who are. if not we are all doomed please let us know.PS if 587 bce is the year & not 607 bce and we count 2520 yrs that brings us to 1934 CE what hapend in that year ????? But we all know what happened in 1914 CE don’t we.

    • Winston Smith says:

      Oh, oh, I know what happened in 1934: JF Rutherford tried to enter into an agreement with Adolf Hitler and assured him that the JW values and the Nazi values aligned.

      And BTW nothing the Watchtower predicted happened in 1914.


  18. Jerry says:


    You are a ravenous wolf in sheep covering. Stop calling yoirself a JW because you are not……..

    I’m not surprize because the scrioture has clearly stated that “men will arise (from the congregation) ans speak twisted things to draw the shaky ones away”.
    May Jehovah rebuke you

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