The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society's 'Green Eggs and Ham' Shown for What It Is
By Mark Mountjoy
At no time in its nearly 150 year history has the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society faced challenges, scrutiny and decline as it is now facing in this present 21st century; the advent of the internet has allowed erstwhile Jehovah's Witnesses and prospects an open window into the Society's unsavory past of deception, misrespresentation and about faces on fundamental doctrinal and policy positions. Where yesterday it seemed as if the Society's robust growth would continue into the forseeable future, now the collapse of the organization seems entirely possible (if not certain). For years Jehovah's Witness have without due concern—and without sufficient warrant—trusted the honesty, sincerity and integrity of its Brooklyn, New York leadership, now that implicit trust is rapidly slipping away.
Might this be a time when Jehovah's Witnesses could be more open to questioning their own doubts? Could this be a change where Witnesses could be open to dialogue where before they were only willing to instruct and teach? Is there a chance that, by the grace of God, Witnesses could inspect the "food" given them by their Faithful and Discrete Slave and determine its benefit and real worth? There was a time when such possibities could not be imagined, but the crisis which is now shaking the entire Witness community may signal a new period of searching for answers and the truth that does not change.
Green Eggs and Ham is a metaphor conceived by Dr. Seuss in his books for children. It represents food in a color clearly undesirable for consumption. The story reads that Sam wants a person to want this food, even though the person is clearly insistant that they want no part of green eggs and green ham. In the end, however, after much pressure and persuit, the green eggs and ham are eaten and thought to be the very best food in the world!
Now, the discarded (and soon to be discarded) teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society could be compared to green eggs and ham, too. For had the Witnesses known that the shelf-life of key doctrines and even life-threatening strictures could change over time, or be suddenly abandoned with the drop of a hat, would they give up their lives for it? Or will they be like the Dr. Seuss character and announce that the lovely abandoned and the soon-to-be 'old light' doctrines was the best food anyone could want? We hope not!
Now, below are examples of ideas which are the exact opposite of the "meat in due season" feed to Jehovah's Witnesses. Take the time to study, compare and examine them in light of the Scriptures and history offered to support them. Weigh them fairly and see where your opinion of these subjects may be better informed, improved or at least modified.
Atavist Concepts for Study & Comparison
- Teachings about the nature of God. See: Do Christians Believe in Three Gods?
- Teachings about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead: See: A Son from a Stone
- Teachings about internal and historical evidence in the Book of Revelation that tells us when it was written. See: When Was the Book of Revelation Written?
- Teachings about who and what is Babylon the Great. See: Babylon the Great City—According to the Bible
- History of the Christian People. See: A History of the Christian People (A.D.70-136) and, The Bar Kokhba War: the Crowning Worldly Event in Bible Prophecy, and, A History of the Christian People (A.D.330-1453)
- Teachings about an invisible Parousia in A.D.1914. See: Comments on Matthew 10:23 The Second Coming in Light of the Social World of the Apostles
- Teachings about Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the four kingdoms and the kingdom of God. See: Introducing the Atavist Paradigm in 2 Charts for Interested Christians
- Teachings about the fourth kingdom of Daniel chapters 2 and 7. See: The Maccabees and the Fourth Empire in Bible Prophecy, Gnaeus Pompey Magnus and the Transformation of the Iron Kingdom Into Feet of Iron and Clay (Revised) and, The Herodian Dynasty: The Transfer of Fourth Kingdom Power to Esau's Seed.
- Teachings about baptism into Christ. See: On Water Baptism in the Christian World After A.D.70—Is It Still a Valid Practice? (Revised)
- Teachings 'This generation." See: How Atavists Interpret "This Generation"
- Teachings about 607 B.C. See: The Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem (587 B.C.)
- Teachings about Matthew 24. See: An Essay and Exegesis of Matthew 24 (Revised)
- Understand what cult mind control is. See: Cult Tactics & Mind Control
The above list of topics is lovingly intended for Jehovah's Witnesses as well as ex-Jehovah's Witnesses. Its purpose is not to dogmatically corner or tackle you in order to win your approval, but to give you an alternative set of ideas to compare with what you have been taught by the Governing Body. These Atavist beliefs are derived from personal study of these topics and issues for almost 40 years. The Scriptures and the history that make up these beliefs rest in antiquity--what the Bible says in the context of the Ancient Near East and what records that have survived to our time (like Josephus's Complete Works).
Now, where Watchtower beliefs were originally derived from and dependent upon the Pyramids of Egypt, Atavist beliefs derive from the real four kingdoms of Bible prophecy (which notably excludes the Roman Empire). Because Watchtower beliefs are based upon a faulty Egyptian foundation, they, invariably, have to change. The 1914 date will, without any doubt, have to be completely abandoned! Witnesses will struggle with this because so much is attached to it that its demise means a lot of other unpleasant things about the "food" the Slave has seen fit to serve millions for the past 100 years.
In light of recent changes, challenges and upcoming directional confusion, I implore all people who truly love God to seek for God, trust him and base their ideas on a steady foundation--a foundation that does not exist in the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. It is my hope and prayer that all Witnesses--individuals, groups and entire congregations--will come to know Jesus as their God as he represented himself to be in Revelation 21:5-7 when he said,
"And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son."
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Green Eggs and Ham