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This section provides lists of quotes from Watchtower publications regarding a range of Jehovah's Witness doctrine. It presents Watchtower teaching through the use of quotes with minimal comment. This makes it ideal for anyone that may be discouraged from reading information written by former Witnesses.
Year 2000 - End will be in the 20th century
Bible only for 144,000
Close of the heavenly calling
End Soon, So Near, Imminent, Few Years
Happiest people - Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses Unique
Marriage & child bearing
Marriage - not in the new system
"Only" Jehovah's Witnesses
Psychiatry & hypnosis
Rape can be fornication
Theocratic Warfare & Lying
Trust the Governing Body
After reviewing quotes from the Watchtower over a succession of years, several aspects become apparent:
- The beliefs of Witnesses change over time or contradict themselves
- The Watchtower dictates over a vast array of areas in the life of followers, regularly without any direct Scriptural backing
- Many Watchtower beliefs are US centric, unusual, and remnant of 19th century thinking
This calls into question whether a man-made organization should be making rules based on personal interpretation of ambiguous Scripture or principles. Jesus criticised religious leaders of his day for such rule-making.
This is a valuable resource for people researching the Watchtower Society, people studying with Witnesses that would like to know information beyond the basic introductory Bible study book, and current Witnesses that would like an easy reference point.