Does the Bible Promote a Death Cult?

This has been on my mind for awhile and I’ve simply got to put this out there: Does the bible promote a death cult? I’ve come up with several examples to support my hypothesis. Almost every day during my activism, I encounter some idiotic explanation of something that was said to occur in the Bible and was otherwise “explained away” by some pompous religious official. Initially, the idea sounds really inhumane, but someone with “authority” twists it around to sound “reasonable” if you are someone easily swayed by nonsensical explanations.

Obey or Die?

What do I mean by nonsensical? You’ll likely agree that most religions claim to be loving, benign, and even benevolent belief systems. Mostly, at the outset they must seem that way. Otherwise, who’d join a cult?

So you ask, just where does the Bible teach a death cult philosophy? While it is true that the family religion talks about paradise, but it’s conditional, because you can’t just put your hand up — and you’re automatically “in”. You must be a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion, otherwise you’re doomed to die at Armageddon — by god’s hand. You’ll be destroyed by god. Right there is an example of the bible promoting a death teaching: “Obey or die.”

Other religions teach the hell doctrine which essentially means “Obey or die” also. What does the term “obey or die” sound like to you? Because to me, it seems clear that the bible promotes a death cult. The opposite of life.

Don’t Ask Questions or Have Doubts

In our family religion, everyone had to think the same way, believe the same explanations, talk the same way by using the same “group-think”, and not question the elders. When I had doubts, I was afraid to voice them. If I did, the person I told would have surely gone to the elders and reported me. My dad did that and what happened him? He was disfellowshipped as “a person who causes divisions — an apostate.” And all he did was raise some questions about what Jehovah’s Witnesses were supposed to believe — without much evidence — with some contradictions, even.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

Jesus Curses the fig tree. Does the bible promote a death cult?Again, I figure the Bible teaches a death cult in the next example. Otherwise, when Jesus came upon a fig tree with no fruit, he would have blessed it. Instead, he cursed it. Mark 11:12–14 and 11:20–25 (NIV):

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again”. And his disciples heard him say it.

Telling Lies

One of the ten commandments says,

“Thou shalt not bear false witness.”—Exodus 20:16

As a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I witnessed many examples of lying. Even the elders and the governing body tell lies “in the name of god” — calling it “theocratic warfare”. But, as long as you lie “in the name of god” — it’s all good for the advancement “god’s work”. I have seen Jehovah’s Witnesses lawyers lying in court to hide the truth about their shunning policy toward ex-members. Doing god’s will? Or looking after their own interests and deflecting their judgments against fellow humans whose credibility they wish to destroy?

Incredulously, the religion has a term for their religious process of lying. They call it  Using Theocratic War Strategy, described by their Watchtower publication in a short article attached (pdf format 677 KB). My life experience tells a totally different story about Watch Tower’s Disfellowshipping policy. My life story demonstrates how they attempted to destroy me, before I could tell anyone what happened, from my point of view. That’s why I wrote a memoir. At least some of my family members now understand the truth of why I left the family religion. So, does the bible promote a death cult? Our family religion certainly uses scriptures to destroy ones they deem “undesirable”. I am treated as dead by religious family members.

Equality

On the one hand Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that all people are equal in their religion. On the other hand, everybody must obey the brothers whom god has supposedly “chosen to dispense spiritual food” — like they’re “special” and yes — “chosen”. So, I guess that must mean that some “brothers” are a just bit more equal than others??? They even quote scriptures about being chosen,

“This is why I endure everything for the sake of those who are chosen by God…”—2 Timoth;y 2:10. [Bold text mine]

Innocent as Doves?

I recall that snakes are portrayed as cautious and doves are presented as innocent in the bible. In real life, it’s not really like that. Snakes are maligned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. They are not at all portrayed that way by Ted Andrews who wrote Animal Speak.

Additionally, I read a book called, King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Z. Lorenz. It’s a true story about a scientist who studied wildlife. He prepared their cages as closely as possible to their natural habitat. What he discovered about doves surprised him, and it’s nothing like what the bible suggests. A caged dove will peck it’s object of desire to death, if he won’t submit to her advances. In my opinion, members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are captured souls. Definitely, it’s another example of the bible promoting a death cult. Babylonian religions do indeed capture vulnerable souls.

Food for Thought

To conclude, I again ask the question, “Does the bible promote a death cult?” I believe my examples presented proves my hypothesis. I’m interested in other viewpoints, as well. What do you think?
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