What the "Faithful and Discreet Slave" Is Not [Opposers Dismythed]

Originally posted 1/9/23 11:52 PM. Updated Jan 16 at 10:38 PM: objections: Christ, animal owners and food distributors. Updated Jan 21 at 11:13 PM: objections: Apostolic Succession and Single Person. Added text to Author's note and "What Are the 'food supplies'"? Author's Note:  This has taken a very long time to write and edit. I have decided to post this in installments as the editing proceeds. Please enjoy. As time permits, I will re-post it with each consecutive update so that you can receive emails on the progress until the post is complete. I plan to do this from now on with each future post. This post focusses on the actual context of the words and related symbolism, not on incidental peripheral concepts unimportant to its interpretation. Many of their opposers have criticized Jehovah's Witnesses on "the faithful and discreet slave." But let us examine the merits of our critics arguments on the verses in question. The method of discovery u

Jehovah's Witnesses Demonstrate Critical Thinking [Opposers Dismythed]

You would likely agree that today it is popular to equate critical thinking with abandoning belief in God and/or religion. Hence some of our opposers claim that Jehovah's Witnesses do not employ critical thinking for the very reason that they are still Jehovah's Witnesses. Obviously, such ones do not understand what critical thinking is. Others claim that we prohibit critical thinking. Is this so? What Is Critical Thinking? The fact is, critical thinking has less to do with what conclusion one arrives at and more to do with how one arrives at said conclusions. A person could accept the Trinity because he was told to accept it, or simply because he was raised in that belief system by his parents. He may then justify his belief by seeking support for it. Does justifying one's beliefs make them a "critical thinker"? Critical thinking is best defined as: "the analysis of available facts, evidence, observations, and arguments to form a judgement," as per Wik

You Can Help Improve the Content

Life happens from time to time, but you can help improve the Dismythed sites while you wait for posts. Over at Salvation vs., we have many posts that provide info-dumps on the Trinity, hellfire, the Mosaic Law and other information. It is a lot of information. You can help find errors in posts there or here at Dismythed or at JW Advisor. There may be grammatical errors, spelling errors or information that should be brought more in line with Jehovah's Witnesses publications. I do recall there were a couple of points that needed adjustment to be in line with the publications, but I don't remember which. Maybe you think something could be stated in a way that reflects better on Jehovah, or maybe you have a scripture that should be addressed. You do not have to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses to make a suggestion. Only erroneous comments, rude people or former Jehovah's Witnesses get rejected. If you are looking for an activity to fill downtime, feel free to help improve thes

How Can We Rely On the Counsel of Flawed Men? [JW Advisor]

 A new post at JW Advisor discusses concerns over recent statements in the Watchtower study articles we discussed in the meetings the other month about obedience during the Great Tribulation. Unconfident: How Can I Rely On the Counsel of Flawed Men?

Have Jehovah's Witnesses Ever Prohibited Consulting a Psychiatrist? [Opposers Dismythed]

I had withheld writing about this because I thought it was obvious what our unchanging stand has been on this subject, but some have been negatively affected by false and misleading claims so much that it is listed among the major claims against us by sociologists. (Perhaps, as psychologists, they take the accusation personally.) Disgruntled former members claim that Jehovah's Witnesses used to prohibit consulting a psychiatrist. This claim originated with a former member, a psychiatrist who used to treat Jehovah's Witnesses. After leaving the way, he claimed that we had a higher number of those with mental disorders than the general populace. (I addressed this claim in another post .) Obviously the claim was bogus. Being a JW at the time while treating JW's, of course he had a larger number of JW clients than non-JW clients because they trusted him to do their treatment over anyone from the world. (A trust which he ultimately betrayed.) Thus he got taken by data bias. He c