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Marriage & Children

         Introduction by D.M. While there are some great articles on the Jehovah’s Witness marriage, and the life of a J.W. child found elsewhere (such as at www.4witness.org), this section is going to discuss the advice the J.W.’s were given, regarding marriage and children. This advice affected a lot of couples, and hurt many of them, deeply.

         In 1938, Joseph Rutherford asked a question regarding the life of the Jonadabs (“the other sheep,” of the JW organization, who will live here on earth after Armageddon):

Would it be Scripturally proper for them to now marry and to begin to rear children? No, is the answer, which is supported by the Scriptures. (Rutherford, Face the Facts, WTBS, 1938, 46)


         Rutherford also made this comment:

Those Jonadabs who now contemplate marriage, it would seem, would do better if they wait a few years, until the fiery storm of Armageddon is gone.

(Ibid., 50)


         Because Rutherford told the Jonadabs that they weren’t to marry, nor to raise children, as “supported by the Scriptures,” many J.W.’s gave up that God-given desire. Little did they realize how wrong Rutherford was.

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Below is an important question we can ask the J.W.:

1) If Rutherford was Scripturally wrong about marriage and children, might he and the rest of the Watchtower organization be wrong on other Scriptural issues? Issues pertaining to everlasting life; to Jesus Christ; to Heaven; to Hell?

© Donna Morley, 2008

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