I thought you did, when you wrote, “Teaching bogus beliefs about Christ and historical Christianity is not fruitful, but outright deceiving.”
“Bogus” means fake, phony, pretended, sham
“Deceive” means mislead, be dishonest, hoax, hoodwink, play joke on
Your use of those words led me to conclude, “You make it sound like Jehovah’s Witnesses are not sincere in their beliefs, that they are deliberately perpetrating a fraud.” My apologies if I misunderstood you, but it was an honest mistake.
I have and many times. My former roommate was a JW for fives years-heard it all and read enough about JW’s from their own sources. . . Yes, their teachings have serious flaws whether you care to admit it or not and millions of others would agree.
Well, you probably know a lot more about their doctrine than I do, then. Your original post, however, made it seem you were unaware that the Jehovah’s Witnesses actually do have a doctrine of original sin, which is why I thought your exposure to their doctrine was limited. Instead it appears you simply like to “corner them,” and enjoy their dumbfounded expressions when they can’t answer a question you’ve posed.
I admit that their teachings have serious flaws. I discussed some of them during my studies with them last year, using some of the “stumpers” that can be found in The Essential Catholic Survival Guide as they came up in our talks. But they also seem to have a well-reasoned, well-researched Biblical basis for their beliefs, and they had answers they found acceptable for any item I brought up. Of course, so do Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, etc. Though their theology is less orthodox than most, I find Jehovah’s Witnesses to be no different than any other religious body that claims to base all their teachings on the Bible–each interprets scripture from its own exegetical tradition, and shakes their collective heads sadly at others who can’t seem to see the plain truth the Bible teaches.