Jehovah’s Witnesses: Conversation Or Confrontation?
Have you ever noticed that you can’t really have an open and honest discussion with a Jehovah’s Witness about God or the Bible or anything religious?
They can be completely cool and calm when talking about the weather or the ballgame or other trivial things. However when a difference of opinion comes up regarding religion or scripture it is like they go into overdrive. They become animated. They become agitated. They get worked up to the point that their voices quiver and their hands shake. They sometimes even get physically ill. Their volume and blood pressure both go up and their reasoning ability goes down.
This is the typical “fight or flight” response of a JW in the face of anything that would cast any doubt on their beliefs.
I’ve seen it happen. I’ve witnessed it (excuse the pun) countless times over the years as I’m sure you have. I also remember, quite vividly as a Jehovah’s Witness, that horrible feeling in the pit of my own stomach when anyone would challenge what I knew was “the truth”. I would get so worked up that I couldn’t even eat for awhile after the confrontation.
What is going on with that? Why is it that Jehovah’s Witnesses get so worked up when someone who knows “a little something” about the Bible or the checkered history of the Watchtower fails to “roll over” for their theocratic intrusion?
The first thing is pride. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be humble but their prideful nature becomes all too apparent when someone directly challenges their flawed beliefs.
The second thing is fear. Jehovah’s Witnesses are so fearful of anyone getting “the better” of them in a Biblical confrontation that they panic. They get all out of sorts and even begin to make things up. Again, I’ve seen it.
And finally anger. They become truly hateful and venomous with their remarks and their outright attacks on someone who dares to challenge them and their most holy Watchtower.
I’m going to ask a question: Who does this resemble more? Jesus Christ or the Pharisees?
Yep. Jehovah’s Witnesses are the modern day equivalent of the Pharisees of Christ’s day. The Pharisees would throw fits and rip their garments in anger. They were hotheaded and they were constantly plotting to trick Christ into saying something He didn’t mean to say. They even made things up about Him just to justify their harsh treatment of Him or anyone who gave him any credibility whatsoever.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are a lot of things but I can tell you after having repeated “run ins” with them on this blog that “Christian” isn’t one of them.
Now for those of you who think my depiction is harsh I want you to realize that under “ordinary” circumstances Jehovah’s Witnesses are the nicest people you’d want to meet. However the second you challenge their authority or pious righteousness or their beloved and most holy Watchtower then look out! The well placed veneer of politeness and decorum peels away and what lies beneath is nothing but a nicely shaken cocktail of malice and derision served up with a healthy dash of sarcasm.
Their sheer hypocrisy is incredible. They have the unmitigated gall to challenge people about their beliefs at the door or on the street often saying: “Well if your beliefs are true then you should be able to examine them in light of the scriptures.” Yet the second someone shows them a scripture that completely contradicts their teachings they clam up and walk away or they get worked up into a frenzy of “scripture bombing” and name calling. They fail to heed the very advice, which under normal circumstances would be good advice, that they so gleefully slop out to the unwitting householder. In reality it is nothing but a salesman’s ploy designed to circumvent the resistance of the householder so that they can get inside their head and start making them question everything that they believe to be true.
The reason that Jehovah’s Witnesses have such violent reactions to Biblical challenges is because they’ve been conditioned to do so, usually over a very long period of time in a very controlling and highly charged mind control program. Oftentimes their need to control others spreads to other aspects of life like dress, cleanliness, and normal everyday habits that aren’t even against official Watchtower policy. They begin to “legislate” behavior for themselves and others all on their own and this is by design. The first thing that a JW asks when contemplating a new hobby or activity is: “What would elder so and so think?”
I thought I’d share this in the hopes that many of the JW’s who frequent this blog might begin to realize just how physically involved they are in their own belief system and how their reaction isn’t logical but rather emotional to the point of pure unadulterated rage.
Again. I’ve seen it.