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The Watchtower says “Higher Education Wastes Valuable Youth Years”

Submitted by Jaymes on August 18, 2012 - 11:45 am 17 Comments

Higher education wastes valuable youth years so become a window cleanerYes that’s right. Higher education wastes valuable youth years. No no, I’m not joking, it really does. The Watchtower Society says so right there in their April 15th 2008 Watchtower article. And when they say something like “Higher Education Wastes Valuable Youth Years”, we have to listen to them because they said the following themselves, “It should be expected that the Lord would have a means of communicating to his people on the earth, and he has clearly shown that the magazine called The Watchtower is used for that purpose.” 1939 Yearbook Of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Page 85.

I am so happy that we’re on the same page. Now you know that we have to take everything the Watchtower magazine says as gospel. Therefore, when it says “Higher Education Wastes Valuable Youth Years” in the ‘Repudiate Valueless Things’ article, we accept that this organisation knows best.

Here’s what Jehovah’s visible organisation here on Earth has to say:

Paragraph 9 – Another example of something useful that can become a valueless thing is secular education. We want our children to be well-educated so that they can make their way in life. Even more important, a well-educated Christian is better able to read the Bible with understanding, reason on problems and come to sound conclusions, and teach Bible truths in a clear and persuasive way. Getting a good education takes time, but it is time well spent.

If you facepalmed when you read “Another example of something useful that can become a valueless thing is secular education”, then shame on you!

Paragraph 10 – What, though, of higher education, received in a college or a university? This is widely viewed as vital to success. Yet, many who pursue such education end up with their minds filled with harmful propaganda. Such education wastes valuable youthful years that could best be used in Jehovah’s service. (Eccl. 12:1) Perhaps it is not surprising that in lands where many have received such an education, belief in God is at an all-time low. Rather than looking to the advanced educational systems of this world for security, a Christian trusts in Jehovah.

Before getting into this paragraph, I wanted to know if you had read yesterdays article “How could I have not realised it was a cult?” You see, in that blog post, I sort of go off into one due to the propaganda that’s written in that Watchtower article. I don’t need to do the same in this article because the Watchtower Society is kind enough to tell us that “many who pursue such education end up with their minds filled with harmful propaganda.” 

It turns out that Jehovah provided us with two amazing educational feats. The first was the Two Witness Rule, which is so helpful in stopping godly Jehovah’s Witnesses from molesting our innocent children and the second is that the grand creator of our universe has got our back where education is concerned.

So when we read “Higher Education Wastes Valuable Youth Years,” how do we react? Do we facepalm or do we praise Jehovah for his insight? If you’re still a Jehovah’s Witness and you’re reading this, surely you get what the Watchtower Society is trying to say when it adds “Such education wastes valuable youthful years that could best be used in Jehovah’s service.”

It’s so fitting that the Organisation would use Ecclesiastes chapter 12 and verse 1 when talking about higher education. The scripture says “Remember, now, your Grand Creator in the days of your young manhood, before the calamitous days proceed to come, or the years have arrived when you will say: “I have no delight in them”.” It’s obvious that Jehovah was using his forward thinking skills when instructing his people. Little did they know, but he was in fact telling them that “Higher Education Wastes Valuable Youth Years.”

Okay, I can’t keep this up (just for the record, I’ve only ever said that once to a woman).

“Perhaps it is not surprising that in lands where many have received such an education, belief in God is at an all-time low.” No, really? Could it be that when one learns Critical Thinking, they wake up to the fact that you’re a cult? I too wasn’t allowed to go onto higher education and was personally discouraged from studying because Armageddon was – as film trailers like to always say – “Coming Soon“. Thank God that I got into higher education later on in life. Do you think it’s a coincidence that after I started my studies, I soon realised that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were a cult? I too was taught ‘Critical Thinking‘. Critical thinking clarifies goals, examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence, accomplishes actions, and assesses conclusions.

And finally, “Rather than looking to the advanced educational systems of this world for security, a Christian trusts in Jehovah,” and becomes a window cleaner.

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Teeny

    That’s great that you decided to educate yourself later in life. I did too and it’s helped me immensely. What did you study?

  • http://msn Puppy Dawg

    I am 55 years old, was a Witness for 30 years, believed everything I was told. Finally got my degree at age 46 after years of struggle. It is not realistic to live life as the Witnesses tell people to do. Not realistic, not scriptural, not necessary. Short and sweet.

  • Lorreine Geralde

    “And finally, “Rather than looking to the advanced educational systems of this world for security, a Christian trusts in Jehovah,” and becomes a window cleaner.”

    I can’t help myself but have to laugh so hard to this. If they say that higher education wastes valuable youth years, why most people with higher education have a better life? :/

  • Sakura

    I couldn’t help but laugh at everything you said. it’s so true!

  • JJ

    My sister ran away from higher education and got babtized the year this article was released, probably because of this article. Talk about a wasted life.

    The Watchtower Bible and Tract society is run by evil manipulators who hide their imperfections to the very people they are controlling.

  • http://Google Harold

    O.K. So what happens when these pompous arrogant discerning ‘elders’ get physically sick or injured? I bet they go running to a doctor. And they don’t tell the helping doctor who pursued a ‘higher education that it was a total waste of his/her youthful years. (pursuing propaganda). They don’t go seeking a window washer or janitor do they?

  • johnny

    The higher your education the more you become a threat to the JW org because the loonies on top are not well educated that is why they are still stuck with 607.

  • Lacy

    Funny how like you never hear anything about how Job celebrated his children’s birthdays, you also never hear anything about how Jesus spent his youth learning a trade, getting an education, working, and then didn’t take up the ministry until he was 30 years old and had accomplished all that first. He put all that before the ministry not the other way around.

  • http://smmcroberts.net Steve

    Why u hate Jehovah? Me Jehovah Witness. Me clean toilets. No need edukashun. Surv Jehovah. And cumming soon!!!

    Seriously, I’m fuming over this WT article. Education “wastes your youth”?! It’s yet another “discreet” quote for the record books. I’d still be a janitor to this day if I hadn’t left the org when I did and pursued an education.Without an education I’d probably still half-believe the organization was “the truth” and still be living in guilt and fear of Armageddon.

    So let’s see now, what have we learned from this Watchtower article so far? Don’t take time to relax or have fun, and don’t take time for an education. Spend all of your time disseminating WT propaganda. You’ll be exhausted and dumb as a brick, but at least you’ll fully experience the “spiritual paradise on Earth” enjoyed by all of Jehovah’s people.

  • Bonnie

    Anyone who has been in the JW Cult long enough knows that different rules apply to elders, elder’s wives and their offspring. They are at the top of the JW hierarchy at each Kingdom Hall, followed by Ministerial Servants, their wives and children, followed by Regular Pioneers, etc. until you get down to us peons (my category because I was a woman who worked full time outside the home). Anyone who tells you there is no CLERGY CLASS among JWs is either a liar or has never been with them long enough to figure it out. Our elders used to hold their elder meetings right after the regular meeting ON THE STAGE for all to see. One of the MSs kept kids off the stage. What a bunch of arrogant bastards! But I’m not bitter…

  • Geowyn

    Strange thing was, in my former congregation it was ok for the children of elders to go to college, and in a neighbouring congregation some even went to university.

  • Bonnie

    Yes, a college education is a “waste of youth years,” as opposed to, say… marrying at 18 because you’re not allowed to have premarital sex or masturbate and you’re so deranged by hormones that you marry the wrong person way too young and throw your entire life away by staying with them forever because everyone knows, “Jehovah hates a divorcing,” and getting a low paying job and slaving away at it for the rest of your life. But hey, just rely on Jehovah and keep your eye on the prize. What bullsh—!!! Said it before; saying it again – glad to be out after 40 years in this horrible CULT!

  • http://scottleblog.wordpress.com Sally

    I knew a man who started studying with JWs while he was attending MIT. He quit school one month before finishing his studies and got baptized. His was held up as an excellent example of clear thinking.

  • andy

    i wonder how they deal with someone who is an elder now (and grew up as a JW) spent many years getting university degrees.. or is that something best now to ask lol

  • http://www.dannyhaszard.com Danny Haszard

    Watchtower leaders say:

    ” If an elder or a ministerial servant is promoting higher education to others for the material advantages or the status it may bring, he is calling into question his qualifications to serve the congregation because of the effect on his and his fellow appointed brothers’ freeness of speech. (1 Tim. 3:13; Titus 1:9)

    The body of elders may therefore determine that the brother no longer qualifies to serve.If a person is serving as a regular pioneer only and the body of elders determines that he no longer qualifies to serve because of decisions he has made with regard to higher education, the person, the congregation, and the branch office should be informed of the deletion in the usual manner.”Letter to All Bodies of Elders March 6 2012.ps.

    Respectfully submitted-Danny Haszard Bangor Maine

  • http://www.dannyhaszard.com Danny Haszard

    Jehovah’s Witnesses and no college education.
    Higher education should be promoted indeed.
    Anyone who has been a Jehovah Witness for decades like myself knows that college education was a defiant act which surely would get you sanctioned by the JW church.
    Fact today this year 2012 the Watchtower leaders of Jehovahs Witnesses have backed off from their no college mandate but for 100 years they said no college I grew up a JW for 50 years and nobody was allowed college.

    Here is a helpful chart:
    Educational Rank – Religion – Percentage of members that are college grads:
    1. Unitarian Universalist: 49.5%
    2. Hindu: 47%
    3. Jewish: 46.7% 7.
    Agnostic: 36.3%
    Catholic: 20%
    Lutheran: 18%
    Seventh Day Adventist: 17.9%
    Baptist: 10.4%
    Pentecostal: 6.9%
    Jehovah’s Witnesses: 4.7%

  • Derangedjdub

    … So… When you’re 55 yrs old… Cleaning windows with no retirement plan… Then what? Oh yeah… Keep praying and going out in service- that will fix your quality of life.