Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Monday, November 27
The naive person believes every word, but the shrewd one ponders each step.—Prov. 14:15.
Sadly, in this greedy world, there are those who seize on people’s illness as an opportunity to make money. Other individuals or companies stress the use of products that are high-priced in order to make large profits. To a sick person who desperately seeks relief or a way to stay alive longer, these “cures” may seem appealing. “The shrewd one” will be particularly cautious if the “word,” or recommendation, comes from someone whose qualifications are questionable. “The shrewd one” might reason: ‘He says that this vitamin, herb, or diet supposedly helped someone, but are there adequate witnesses to establish the matter? People differ. Is there valid reason to trust that it will help me? Should I do more research or even consult with some who are known to be trained or qualified in this field?’
You would think that having influence over several million people the Watchtower would be content to confine itself to spiritual matters. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Instead, for some reason –probably just because it can –the Governing Body wants to insert itself into the private lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses in order to control their health choices and dissuade them from using or recommending alternative health products.
Apparently the Watchtower wishes that all of those under its influence should subject themselves to the questionable, conventional drug and surgery “cures” of Western medicine, as if there is no alternative. What expertise or special knowledge does the Governing Body or their helpers have in the field of health? None that I am aware of. The shrewd JW will, therefore, be cautious when considering the Watchtower’s medical advice.
The Governing Body, or whoever writes this stuff, is evidently oblivious to the contradiction; but the reason more and more people are seeking out alternative healing modalities is because of the ineffectiveness and the astronomical costs of so-called conventional health care. However, the Watchtower implies that the greedy profit seekers are vitamin and herb companies. What a joke. Evidently Bethel doesn’t keep up with the news about giant pharmaceutical companies reaping billions in profits from selling over-priced drugs to people who are desperate for a cure.
How many millions have died from drug interactions and side effects? How many millions have died after subjecting themselves to conventional chemo and surgery? No doubt many millions. Still, the Watchtower does not wish to see you seek out alternative health remedies. And they simply cannot mind their own business and let you mind yours.
Sadly, there is no therapy of any kind that can heal the Watchtower of its hypocrisy. Jehovah knows. That is why he inspired Jeremiah to record his diagnosis, stating: “There is no cure for your breakdown. Your wound is incurable. There is no one to plead your cause, no means of healing your ulcer. There is no cure for you.” —Jeremiah 30:12-13
The only remedy is drinking Jehovah’s bitter potion. God demands it of them. Jehovah is going to hand them the cup of his rage that is going to make their heads spin until they puke. The 25th chapter of Jeremiah explains: “And you must say to them, ‘This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, says: “Drink and get drunk and vomit and fall so that you cannot get up because of the sword that I am sending among you.” And if they refuse to take the cup out of your hand to drink, say to them, ‘This is what Jehovah of armies says: “You must drink it! For look! if I am bringing calamity first on the city that bears my name, should you go unpunished?”’