is it true that JWs leaders tell their followers to not go to collage?
instead they tell them to go work for them for free
- Anonymous11 months agoFavorite Answer
YES they are cult, & evil too
- PeterLv 711 months ago
Collage? I imagine that J/W's can spell college.
- AmbarLv 411 months ago
We base our view of education on the principles found in the Bible. Each Witness uses his Bible-trained conscience to determine how to apply godly principles with regards to education.
Things to consider:
1) Education helps a person to develop “practical wisdom and thinking ability,” qualities that the Bible praises highly. (Proverbs 2:10, 11; 3:21, 22) Further, Jesus told his followers to be teachers of the things he commanded. (Matthew 28:19, 20) Thus, we encourage and help our members to have a well-rounded education, including skills in reading, writing, and communicating, as well as knowledge about other religions and cultures.—1 Corinthians 9:20-22; 1 Timothy 4:13.
2) Governments also see the value of education and often require young people to receive primary and secondary schooling. We comply with such laws in harmony with the command: “Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities,” or governments. (Romans 13:1) In addition, we encourage our children to apply themselves at school and to do their best, not being satisfied to do the bare minimum. As God’s Word says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.”—Colossians 3:23, Good News Translation.
3) Education helps us to provide for our families. According to the Bible, “if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.” (1 Timothy 5:8) Secular education can help us fulfill the sacred obligation to support our families. As The World Book Encyclopedia states, a key purpose of education is to “enable people to become productive members of society . . . as workers in the economy.” A skillful, well-educated person can provide for his family more readily and reliably than one who is unskilled and lacks a basic education.—Proverbs 22:29.
Parents also provide for their children by equipping them for adult life, and formal schooling can be invaluable in that regard. (2 Corinthians 12:14) We encourage parents to provide a formal education for their children even if they live in areas where it is not free, is difficult to obtain, or goes against cultural norms. * We also give practical suggestions on how parents can get involved in their children’s education. *
4) We examine secular education options carefully. The Bible says: “The naive person believes every word, but the shrewd one ponders each step.” (Proverbs 14:15) We apply this principle by carefully examining the range of options available for supplementary (postsecondary) education and the cost and value of each. For example, vocational training can often provide good value for a reasonable investment of time.
5) Spiritual education has greater value than secular education. Unlike secular education, Bible-based spiritual education provides the lifesaving knowledge of God. (John 17:3) It also teaches moral values—“what is righteous and just and fair, the entire course of what is good.” (Proverbs 2:9) The apostle Paul received what could be likened to a modern university education, yet he acknowledged “the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:8; Acts 22:3) Likewise today, many of Jehovah’s Witnesses have received advanced secular education, yet they believe that their spiritual education has greater value.
6) We also must consider how higher education can lead to moral and spiritual dangers.
A Bible proverb says: “The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself.” (Proverbs 22:3) Jehovah’s Witnesses feel that the environment in some universities or similar centers of higher learning can pose moral and spiritual dangers. For that reason, many Witnesses choose not to immerse themselves or their children in such an environment.
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- Annsan_In_HimLv 711 months ago
A good many years ago I knew a lot of JWs and hardly any of them had had a university / college education. One couple had - but that was before they became JWs! They were keen to get their own four children into similar education, understandably, so I think you will find that those who have benefitted from higher education will disregard Watchtower literature 'advice' about the advantages of getting a decent education in order to then devote much more time to the door-to-door work and supporting yourself with a part-time job. Some fairly recent published 'suggestions' can be found in the following sources:
Wt. June 1 2004 article on 'Pioneering', how important to devote much time to it
Wt. July 15 205 article on being single and contented in Jehovah's service (p 8)
Wt. Oct 15 2005 article on education
Wt. May 1 2005 article on youths Pioneering (p 27)
“Vigilant Christians refrain from using the world to the full with regard to higher education… Consequently, young Christians are encouraged to pursue spiritual goals, getting only as much education as is required to meet their basic needs while focusing on preparing themselves to serve Jehovah ‘with their whole heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ (Luke 10:27) By doing so, they can become “rich toward God.” Watchtower 15 November 2011, p 19
In March 2012, the Governing Body sent a letter to all congregations warning Elders against the dangers of pursuing a higher education: “Appointed men must be exemplary in heeding the warnings given by the faithful slave and its Governing Body when it comes to education. Would an elder, a ministerial servant, or a pioneer continue to qualify to serve as such if he, his wife, or his children pursue higher education? Much depends on the circumstances and how he is viewed. When such a situation arises, the body of elders should consider the following questions and scriptures:
> Does he show that he puts Kingdom interests first?
> Does he teach his family to put Kingdom interests first?
> Does he respect what has been published by the FDS on dangers of higher education?
> Do his speech and conduct reveal that he is a spiritual person?
> How is he viewed by the congregation?
> Why is he or his family pursuing higher education?
> Does the family have theocratic goals?
> Does the pursuit of higher education interfere with regular meeting attendance, meaningful participation in field service, or other theocratic activities?
The letter went on to advise Elders to strip any ministerial servant or pioneer of their “privileges” if they were perceived as putting educational and career interests before “kingdom” interests.
In the study edition of the June 2014 Watchtower there is a picture of a path that is covered with books, diplomas, mountain climbing shoes, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc. Below, it is another path, but it is clear. Once more, the Society is telling Jehovah’s Witnesses to forego any plans for academic achievement or the pursuit of a worthwhile career because they need to devote themselves to the full time ministry. The Governing Body demands exclusive loyalty and devotion!
What JWs say in praise of further education on a public forum like this is shot to pieces when you read what is stated in their official literature.